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Your Sexually Addicted Spouse: How Partners Can Cope and Heal Paperback – August 25, 2009
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As the spouse of a sex addict, the co-addict label has never felt 'true' to me. Each of us are different, in recovery, but unlike so many people that I know, I've never had a big discovery moment before, or found porn or anything. My discovery was truly the shock of my life. I love this book because it recognizes the trauma for what it is, and details many of the symptoms I have had, like PTSD. It doesn't call me codependent, and doesn't tell me that I am to blame for part of what's happened. (how would I have known?) It does address some of the beginnings of the deep emotional abuse it's taken my husband to use, to keep me in the dark about his addiction.
Don't buy this book for your husband to read, or for you to understand him. (Most of us do that anyway.) Make this the one book you buy for YOU-- and take it to your therapist too. Your trauma needs to be heard and validated, so that you can begin to heal these deep and painful wounds. With or without your husband, you deserve healing, and a life free from the weight of what he has done.
If you work with or know someone who is a partner of a sex addict, please, please read this book to see into their wounded soul. If you have lived this betrayal, the validation in this gift of a book and the hope to heal that it offers is salve for your weeping, bleeding heart. Barb and Marsha, I thank God for you. Peace.
Kudos to Barbara and Marsha, for shifting the paradigm and giving many such a powerful concise tools to deal with the obliteration of their security and trust; personally your timing has been perfect.
Buy two because someone you know or don't know through a third party has been traumatized and could use it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book has little value to the non-religious. You cam't make it through a single chapter without countess references to God, the Bible, or clergy. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Pamela Frey Primiani
Great, practical, insightful, supportive. I am glad this was the first book I read *this* time around.Published 16 days ago by Heidi Bylsma
Dr. Steffens use of the trauma model for partners of sexual compulsives is powerful. Her explanations are meaningful. Read morePublished 25 days ago by lela
I caught my husband engaging in regular porn viewing and he began cyber sexting. Hadn't gotten to having sex with someone else but it would have happened if I hadn't busted him... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Very helpful and practical. Essential in coping with a difficult situationPublished 1 month ago by ermama4life
Excellent book. As an addict who just disclosed his disease to his wife, it gave me an eye-opening insight into the damage I've caused. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Doug P.
This book made me realize I wasn't crazy-- when I went to a counselor and was told I was a co-dependent and a co-addict, I went what?! No way! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Hannah Carlisle
Read several books on this topic and all but this one tried to make it about me enabling. It never fit. Read morePublished 3 months ago by MEL
This is an excellent book. Feels weird to give it stars indicating that I like it. No one likes going through a situation requiring a self help book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rebecca