While many comparisons have been made to drug addiction, Dr.
Michael First, professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University, disagrees, citing a lack of quantifiable research.
Even the anticipation of a drug problem’s return — constantly being on the lookout for signs of relapse — can take its toll, leaving a partner stressed, anxious and unhappy.
Are you finding it difficult to concentrate or work effectively due to worrying about your addicted partner?
The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) reports that while addiction affects all of the addict’s relationships, the spouse or partner often suffers the most.
Frank too, has remarried, and continues to be part of his children’s life. First agrees that compulsive sexual behavior is characterized by the same hallmarks as any addiction: escalation of behavior; loss of control; preoccupation and obsession; tolerance and withdrawal symptoms; and increasingly disastrous consequences.
A breakup can be even harder when you’re leaving a relationship because your partner can’t shake off the long shadow cast by past addiction, is still caught up in a relapse cycle, or chooses their addiction over you. Have you repeatedly loaned money to your addicted partner or lied for them?