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Working With Sexual Addictions in Couples Therapy
Sara L. Wood
As the age of the internet has provided easy, affordable, and relatively evidencefree access to sexually explicit materials, a new generation of sexual addicts has emerged (Schneider, 2003). With the prevalence of sexual addictions increasing, it is no surprise that a couple involving a sexual addict may end up in your office (Cooper, Delmonico, & Burg, 2000). While sexual addiction is sometimes viewed as a victimless behavior involving solely the addict, there is no denying potential adverse affects on both the addict and his or her family (Earle, Crow, & Osborn, 1989; Milrad, 1999; Schneider, 2003). Recognizing the importance of family, both as victims and supports for recovery, Zitzman and Butler (2005) discovered that conjoint martial therapy is helpful in the recovery from sexual addiction. Keeping this in mind, it is imperative that the effective couples therapist have a working knowledge of sexual addiction, its warning signs, and how to work best with the couple both individually and as a whole.