Partner Betrayal Trauma 

​Family Members of a Sex Addict:

Discovery of a sex addiction by a family member or significant other can be debilitating.  The shock and shame usually associated can leave the partner, and sometimes children, in isolation and loneliness, not knowing what to do, where to turn, or who to turn to.  Also common is confusion, hurt, and betrayal at the core of the relationship.  PTSD symptoms are common apart from initial discovery. Starting to process what has happened and what is happening with you (the family member) can effectively start only with someone that understands "addiction", and the symptoms that ensues with family members.  The betrayal "causations" is much different and more complex than "an affair".  If you are a family member of someone that has a sex addiction, or that you suspect that is a sex addict we will be glad to help you navigate through your own healing process with an expert in this area of treatment.

Some Indications of Partner Trauma:

  • ​Anger and Hostility.
  • Getting stuck in the crisis.
  • Loss of where to go and who to turn to.
  • Isolating, difficulty trusting anyone.
  • Safety Seeking Behaviors (detective work).
  • Unsure of what is real and what is not.
  • Obsessing / Ruminating.
  • ​Negative Self talk.
  • Paralysis and dissociation. 
  • Shame/Guilt for becoming someone you don't like.

​Disclosure (do you want to know and how do you trust its the truth):

Wanting to know the truth can be very validating, but very painful to you (the partner).  Ideally you don't want to be reading this, but you are here and wondering what to do and where to go.  We can help you navigate through disclosure, support you in the process, and walk with you in your own healing journey.  It is a process of empowering you and managing your pain with support of healthy outlets that you can trust.

"So if the Son set you free, you will be free indeed."     (John 8:36)