The feelings are there and they are very strong, and it will cause more harm, eventually, than good by stuffing them or hiding them.
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The partner is likely to feel betrayal upon discovering the addictive behaviors of his or her partner.
Although there may be times when a spouse suspects or feels something is amiss, many times, spouses are caught totally off-guard, they may feel alone, and it can be hard to consider how to take the next step.
The combination of empathy, compassion, and some tough love are necessary to guide a person down a path of healing and then to hope. The preceding article was solely written by the author named above.
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When sex addiction surfaces in a relationship, the focus tends to revolve around addressing the symptoms and causes of the addiction and the steps toward healing for the person with the addiction.
In the process, the well-being of that person’s partner or spouse may be overlooked.
Incorporating a healthy lifestyle by getting plenty of rest, eating properly, finding some time for exercise, and scheduling times for fun will give the partner’s body, mind, and spirit the energy it needs to cope with daily stress.
The person feeling betrayed may experience a sense of shame that results in the temptation to shut down, or to numb the pain by suppressing the painful feelings.
It is important for partners and spouses of those with sex addiction to take care of themselves and try to avoid the downward spiral that can threaten them.