An Introduction: Partners of Sex & Love Addicts


We’ve touched upon sex and love addiction, discussing etiology, symptoms, and treatment.  We would now like to provide support for partners who are impacted by sex or love addiction.

Partners of sex addicts or any significant other who is close with the patient will also need support with the discovery of sex addiction. The discovery itself is traumatizing. The pain of betrayal can feel overwhelming . The relationship is exposed to sexually transmitted diseases, financial consequences, and social embarrassment.

Is is crucial to recovery for partners to be connected with support.  Partners can often feel isolated, use avoidance to cope, and engage in self-blame (Manning & Watson, 2007).

Do you think your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, or wife may be a sex or love addict? Please visit our previous posts if your partner repeatedly lies about his or her sexual activity or online behavior.

Next week, we’ll discuss the Stages of Recovery for partners of sex & love addicts.

-Katie McGrath, M.S.

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