Help for Partners of Porn Addicts

Category : Getting Help

Help for Partners of Porn AddictsSex addiction causes great emotional pain for addicts and their partners. It is a confusing and frequently misunderstood disease that affects millions of Americans, but is rarely discussed. Recent cultural shifts have favored this problem, like lowered standards for sexual propriety and technological developments that bring hardcore pornography as close as a person’s cell phone. As frightening and heartbreaking as it can be to see your significant other caught in the grip of this disease, help is still available. Partners may not be porn addicts themselves, but they still benefit from specialized help.

Help for Partners of Porn Addicts

Partners of porn addicts can improve their own emotional health through any of the following means:

  • Learn about the causes and functions of sex addiction
  • Understand that one partner’s disorder does not reflect the other’s inadequacy
  • Counseling for resulting pain
  • Sex addiction support groups provide excellent moral and emotional support
  • Avoid depression by staying active, engaging with others and maintaining a healthy diet
  • Read books that promote emotional health
  • Establish and reinforce healthy relational boundaries

If you want to seek professional help, you can find options that cater to your unique needs.

Effects of Untreated Porn Addiction

It is common for the partners of sex addicts to think the disorder is not their problem; they are not the one with the addiction, so they think they don’t need help. Unfortunately this is not the case. Addiction changes not only the addict, but also the people around him. Partners tend to react in harmful ways, and they may have problems with communication and self-comforting that can easily lead to codependency. If left untreated, porn addicted codependents can experience any of the following repercussions:

  • Depression
  • Panic attacks
  • Eating disorders
  • Sleep disorders
  • Substance abuse
  • Self-injury
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions

However, with the right support the partners of porn addicts can not only find the help they need, but they can also be the best possible help for the addict they love.

Support for Partners of Porn Addicts

Talking about sex addiction is difficult, but it is not something to be ashamed of. Take control of your health by calling our toll-free, 24 hour helpline. Counselors are standing by right now with answers to your questions, encouragement and access to the best possible recovery resources. Stop the cycle of pain caused by sex addiction.