Absolutely. Even if a person with sex addiction is not seeking treatment, their partner can and often should seek support for themselves. The impact of a partner’s addictive behaviors on the other individual can be profound, leading to feelings of betrayal, confusion, hurt, anger, and a myriad of other emotions. Here’s why and how partners can get help:
- Understanding the Addiction: It’s common for partners to feel a range of emotions, including self-blame. By seeking help, partners can learn about the nature of addiction and understand that the addict’s behaviors are not a reflection of their worth or attractiveness.
- Dealing with Emotional Trauma: Discovering or living with a partner’s sex addiction can be traumatic. Therapists can help partners process emotions, develop coping strategies, and rebuild their self-esteem.
- Setting Boundaries: Counseling can assist partners in setting and maintaining healthy boundaries, ensuring their emotional and physical well-being.
- Support Groups: There are numerous support groups tailored for partners of individuals with addictive behaviors. These groups offer a safe space to share experiences, offer and receive advice, and build a support network.
- Rebuilding Trust: Even if the person with the addiction is not in treatment, partners can work on their healing journey, learning ways to rebuild trust in themselves and understanding their boundaries and needs better.
- Deciding the Future of the Relationship: Therapy can provide partners with clarity on whether to continue in the relationship, and if so, how to navigate its challenges.
Remember, seeking help is a sign of strength. It’s essential to prioritize self-care and healing.
Karuna Healing Counselling Services recognizes the pain and confusion partners of sex addicts might go through. We’re here to provide guidance, support, and a path forward, ensuring that you’re not navigating these turbulent waters alone. If you find yourself in such a situation, don’t hesitate to reach out for the help you deserve.