Answering questions about porn addiction

Following is a list of questions asked frequently by women whose husbands have a compulsive pornography problem.

Dorothy Maryon is a licensed professional counselor who specializes in sexual addiction and partners' issues associated with sexual addiction in marriage. She is in private practice and works with the LifeSTAR program.

Q. I didn't know that my husband was a sex addict. Is something wrong with me?

A. Nothing is wrong with you. The majority of women who seek treatment after learning of their husband's addiction did not know that their partners were struggling with a sexual addiction. However, many women report that they felt that something was not "quite right" in the relationship. Addiction thrives in secrecy. Many men with this problem have become experts at hiding it from their spouses.

Q. Why would my husband hide this from me?

A. Most men hide their sexual addiction from their wives out of embarrassment, deep shame and fear that disclosure will lead to divorce and the loss of the family. They can become so deeply entrenched in feelings of despair and self-loathing that they are unable to imagine disclosing their addictive secret to their partner. They get caught in the addictive trap of believing that it is something that they must resolve on their own.

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