Sexual addictions and compulsive sexual behavior are growing societal problems, with as many as three to six percent of the world population affected. Your Sexually Addicted Partner shatters the stigma and shame that millions of men and women carry when their partners are sexually addicted. They receive little empathy for their pain, which means they suffer alone, often shocked and isolated by the trauma. Barbara Steffens' groundbreaking new research shows that partners are not codependents but post-traumatic stress victims, while Marsha Means' personal experience provides insights, strategies, and critical steps to recognize, deal with, and heal partners of sexually addicted relationships. Firsthand accounts and stories reveal the impact of this addiction on survivors' lives. Chapters end with “On a Personal Note” questions and propose new paths that lead from trauma to empowerment, health, and hope. Useful appendices list health and mental health care providers and clergy.
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Your Sexually Addicted Spouse
By far one of the best books on the subject…I love the way it takes all the shame and guilt off of the partner and views the partner as being a trauma victims much in the same way as someone with PTSD is!! This was my experience. I was hurt enough without also having to be hurt by having a problem equal to my spouse's…. being labeled as codependent or a co-addict hurt. Of course I had things within myself to work on plus our marriage….I didn't need the extra burden's that so many authors suggest as well. I highly recommend this book!
Barbara Steffens and Marsha Means truly get it! As a divorced spouse of a sexual addict I have experienced much of what they write about.
The benefits of attending meetings at COSA or S-anon are beneficial and everyone walks a different path. However to be understood under the umbrella of trauma rather than being labeled
"co-addict" begins the healing process.
Many who have experienced this betrayal are truly "the last to know" as there may be others who are assisting your spouse or partner in their devious coverup.
Highly recommend this book - its a must in understanding and recovering from this form of emotional and perhaps physical abuse.