Twelve-Step meetings are filled with people whose relationships have ended due to addiction. This is especially true for sexual addiction.
However, relationships do not have to end just because of the discovery of sex addiction. I have even seen restoration take place in relationships where the partner finds out that the sex addict has been sexually involved with many other people and has participated in behaviors that are incomprehensible.
Certainly the road to relationship restoration is a difficult one when sex addiction is a factor. I often hear partners saying, “Why couldn’t I be in relationship with an alcoholic or a drug addict? Anything but sex addiction would be easier to understand.”
Through the years I have had the privilege of seeing many relationships restored that appeared to be headed for divorce or dissolution. With hard work, not only can relationships survive sex addiction but they may even thrive.
This blog post was written by Dr. Milton Magness, author of the book, Stop Sex Addiction — Real Hope, True Freedom, for Sex Addicts and Partners