The TRUTH About Being Married To A Sex Addict

He swore on his children’s lives that he wasn’t having an affair. He said someone must have broken into his email account. He kept reassuring his wife that it was nothing. Finally, she got access to all of his phone records and his secret receipts. She also found a second cell phone he accidentally left on the passenger seat of his Lexus. 

What happened next is that, unlike her husband, his phone couldn’t lie. 

His extensive Internet records of porn site usage and emails and texts to scores of women couldn’t deny the truth: She was married to a sex addict


Surprise! Your Husband Has A Secret Life

Being married to a sex addict usually comes as a big surprise (more like shock!). No one wants to believe that the person she said “I do” to has being lying, cheating and ultimately living a secret double life.

She only knows the side of him that’s spent with his family, his friends, and at work. She’s totally in the dark about his darker side: a seedy life with prostitutes, strip clubs, massage parlors, and/or porn. 

The hard-to-handle truth is that an addict’s most significant relationship is with his addiction. And for people married to a sex addict, it can be even harder to handle the feeling that somehow YOU are part of the cause. 


Truth: Sex Addicts Make Poor Sexual Partners

You might think being married to someone addicted to sex would mean having lots of sex. But it’s the opposite. 

Wives of men with a sexual addiction typically don’t have much of a sex life. Why? Because sex addicts, for the most part, are afraid of being intimate with a real woman. Instead, they seek out the safety of fantasy relationships.

Did you know that there is a very real epidemic of erectile dysfunction among men who are addicted to pornography. Even though these men are sex addicts, many are unable to have intercourse with their wives and are in dire need of pornography addiction help.

One reason for this erectile issue is that porn stars are not presented as real women. They don’t show their real feelings. They don’t smell. They don’t ask for something to be fixed around the house. They contort into various positions which, in real life, are physically uncomfortable. 

Women in porn are not “real” in the sense that a wife is real. As a result, men get used to a fantasy world and have difficulty being sexual in the real world.


Truth: It’s Not Your Fault

Women in our culture are conditioned to have negative beliefs about their own bodies. 

Supermodels and movie stars are made to look amazing. So it’s natural for a wife to believe that if only she was more attractive or shaped differently her husband would not have developed a sexual addiction

This is not true. Repeat: This is not true.

It’s not true even if your husband, when his secret life and lies are exposed, insinuates that it is. 

Although there are many complexities in marriage, most sex addicts began their objectification of women and their sexually acting out behaviors long before their marriages began. 

The real truth is that the sex addict is 100 percent responsible for his own behavior. (Getting help and committing to sex or porn addiction recovery is also entirely up to him.)


The Lies Hurt Worse Than The Affairs

For many women, it’s easier to forgive the cheating, porn use, etc. than the deeper betrayal of the lies. The affairs might be over, but not the distrust. 

Wives of sex addicts often say: “Why didn’t he tell me the truth? I feel like such a fool. It’s his lying that hurts so much.” The months — or years — of denials before the truth finally comes out can do more damage than the hidden porn use and affairs. 

The truth about being married to a sex addict is that you may never be able to trust your husband in the same way you once did. 


There Is Help Available

If you both are committed to making the marriage work, it’s possible to ultimately achieve a level of intimacy that didn’t previously exist in the relationship. But there needs to be a concise plan with clear commitments. 

An addict who’s declaring that he doesn’t need any counseling or porn addiction therapy because he realizes that he’s been selfish and self-centered, that he’s so completely and totally determined to never do such hurtful things because he values his marriage, is a spouse who is in denial. 

His “plan” to just stop on his own is not a workable plan for sex or porn addiction recovery

What a wife can do is support and encourage her husband to seek the proper help on how to stop his porn addiction. If she is willing to give him a chance — and sometimes it’s the third or fourth chance — she needs to have clear boundaries about what she will tolerate going forward. 

She also needs to hear from her husband that he is seeking recovery not for her or the marriage, but for himself. 

It’s possible a sex addicted husband can get porn addiction help through websites such as and do the difficult work of ending the cycle of sexually compulsive behavior. 

Similarly, if you choose to stay in a relationship with a sex addict in recovery, you need to make that choice for your deepest and most honest self. Such clear inner decisions will give you both the greatest possibility for success.

Rebuilding trust in the relationship will be probably be as challenging as the addiction itself, and you will probably also want to seek couples counseling. 

An immediate first step towards that success is for men to enroll in the completely confidential and very affordable 10 session online video course for porn addiction treatment at If you’re wondering if you or your partner has a porn addiction problem, take this online Porn Addiction Quiz.


Comments 3

  1. I can relate to what was written. But there is one major difference. The sex addict is my wife. I am having a hard time finding help for dealing with a spouse who is a women with sex addiction. She also has postpartum on top of it and a sexually tramatic childhood. I’m in over my head.

    1. Kurt,
      I honestly don’t think it matters much if it is the male or female. The hurt is the same. I found out a year ago about the porn addiction and late July I found out about the affair(s) I only know about one. I am lost, full of rage and sorrow. I have been screaming in my pillow, (I think I blow a hole in it) the relieve some of the hurt and anger. I have know idea where the tears are coming from because I have cried so much and so hard, I can’t have many left. I’ve been married for 43 years and never had a clue. I am 62 and have know idea what my future holds for me. The one thing that I ask of him is to stop the lies, I’m not real sure he can do that. Please if you haven’t found a therapist find one. It does help. Take care of yourself.

      1. Deb I am in th same position as you are. The tears are falling fast down to the sheer betrayal of the fact my husband of 26 years has going to sex workers. What I find most hurtful is his affair with 2 women for 5 years. One woman dropped off as she wanted more but the latter one he stayed with sneaking around telling me he was going fishing but instead spending weekends with her. He tells me she was his fantasy of a black woman who would perform certain sexual acts he enjoyed and he would also push her for more. He also said he was ‘fond of her’ and when she left him he begged her for 2 years to come back to him. He said he missed the sexual acts not her. I am so confused and hurt. I go from lashing out to sobbing. The hurt and pain is indescribable. The anger I have makes me want to scream. I feel stupid that I was so trusting. This is a mild mannered quiet man- just shocked. Please contact me should you wish to as this is soul destroying and hard for friends to understand too. I wish I could say it will get better but I not sure for me I can move past it this level of betrayal sex addict or not.

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