Call 1. Sex addiction is a complicated issue. Some experts would argue that it is a true addiction, but all agree that people can develop unhealthy sexual attitudes, behaviors and compulsions. When sex addiction exists in a codependent relationship, two people are locked in a destructive way of living. Codependency is not uncommon, but when it comes together with sex addiction, it creates a situation that requires therapy and other treatments to correct.
Relationship Patterns – Codependents & Sex Addicts
“codependent” – Living With A Sex Addict
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In my 27 years working with addicts and codependents, I rarely have come across a completely healthy partner of an addict. Addiction psychotherapists all have experienced how both the addict and his or her partner participate, either actively or passively, in their dysfunctional relationship. This is not a new idea, as for over 40 years, the pioneers of Family Systems and Adult Child of Alcoholics ACOA theories have espoused the various relational systems at play in an addictive relationship or family. Even if the co-addict partner denies culpability in the addiction, a detailed social history will ferret out his or her long history with narcissists or addicts.
Whether your obsession about someone is a sign of love or addiction? Initial attraction stirs up neurotransmitters and hormones that create the excitement of infatuation and a strong desire to be close and sexual with the person. These chemicals and our emotional and psychological make-up can cause us to obfuscate reality and idealize the object of our attraction. Sex releases oxytocin, the love chemical that makes us want to nest with our partner. As we get to know our lover, we may want to spend more or less time together, depending on what we learn.