Partners living with a sex addicts
• Feelings of intense loneliness, distancing, confusion, deep hurt, and even betrayal.
• A sense of being disconnected, reaching and never being able to arrive at the heart of his or her spouse.
• A deep sense of rejection which often seeds feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt.
• Repeated attempts to adapt to what he/she thinks the addicted spouse needs.
• Failure to achieve a sense of oneness or intimacy.
• Exacerbated confusion.
• A sense of hopelessness.
• Anger from his or her own unmet needs.
• Shame, low self-esteem, depression, and anxiety.
Sometimes, a partner may develop a reactive form of Intimacy Anorexia
in response to the damage incurred by the addicted spouse.
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Common Questions About Sexual Addiction
How Do I know If I'm a Sex Addict?
What is it Like to Live with a Sex Addict from a Partner's Perspective?
Why Do People Become Addicted to Sex?
What is Sex Addiction?
What is Intimacy Anorexia?
How Do I Know if I am or My Spouse is an Intimacy Anorexic?