Sex addiction for a partner brings up feelings of ‘I’m not good enough’ and ‘He doesn’t want me’, but it’s not about the sex, it’s about the dopamine fix.
Once they understand the nature of the addictive drive, sometimes they’re able to move into self-care.” Rosendale’s anecdotal research reveals that a third of those partners seeking help decide to stay in the relationship, while a further third leave and the final third “remain stuck”.
I felt that meant the risk of relapse was too great, so I left.
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“I could have dealt with a gambling addiction or alcoholism – anything but this,” Rachel confirms.
Causes can of course be more complex, while for some – a fast-growing number, according to Hall – it’s simply opportunity-induced.Traditionally, most partners of sex addicts have been treated as co-dependents, says Hall.“The presumption is that the partner knew at some level what was going on and was ‘enabling’ it, which is frankly an insult.Rosendale starts each 12-week support group by educating the women about sex addiction.“One of the points of this group is to depersonalise it.