Am I Addicted to Cheating on My Spouse?

Category : Getting Help

Am I Addicted to Cheating on My Spouse?Many people struggle with compulsive behaviors they cannot stop. These psychological disorders, often called process addictions, can be every bit as frustrating as chemical dependency; in some cases they can even be deadly. These activities are reinforced by powerful chemical programming in the brain, so while recovery is possible, it is usually only so with professional help.

Cheating on a spouse can be especially habit-forming because it triggers the following responses:

  • Lying
  • Sexual response
  • Self-esteem deficiencies
  • Gambling (the risk of getting caught)

The brain releases powerful chemicals during risky, thrilling or painful situations. Substances such as adrenaline, dopamine and endorphins are picked up by the reward center of the brain in much the same way as it does cocaine, alcohol or heroin. These tiny bursts of excitement and pleasure provide short-term relief of the following psychological struggles:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insecurity
  • Loneliness
  • Anger

These emotions are often either the cause of marital infidelity, the response to it or both. Since an affair involves the risk of getting caught, the thrill of sexual activity releases feel-good chemicals that medicate negative emotions. In time, as the thrill of the newness of the forbidden relationship fades, the unfaithful spouse experiences growing emotional stress and anxiety that secret affairs cause. Many spouses who cheat will self-medicate these issues with drugs or alcohol.

Treating Compulsive Sex and Lying Disorders

Freedom from life-controlling compulsions is possible with the right treatment. The most effective programs utilize many of the same techniques involved in treating drug and alcohol. Although each patient is unique and requires specialized therapy, the following are some of the most effective tools for treating this issue:

  • Careful diagnosis of any co-occurring or underlying conditions such as depression, anxiety disorders and etc.
  • Counseling of various types depending on the needs of each client
  • Support groups
  • Education about how the disease works
  • Classes designed to develop new coping and self-management skills
  • Chemical detox (if needed)
  • Family support and counseling
  • Ongoing aftercare

If you need help, you can find it through the right treatment methods.

Treatment for Marital Infidelity

If you want to end behaviors that hurt yourself and loved ones, please call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline any time for personal, confidential and professional help. Our counselors can answer all of your questions about the treatment that will help a compulsive cheater be faithful. Don’t fight this battle on your own; call today and let us help you find freedom from serial adultery.