Support for Partners of Pornography Addicts
The spouses and committed partners of pornography addicts also will likely require treatment themselves to recover from the fallout.
If trust has been broken with the addict, it may be helpful to engage in individual or group therapy for emotional healing prior to working on rebuilding the relationship. Since it is so easy to take this addiction personally, it is important for the partner of the addict to educate himself regarding pornography addiction.
There may be a tendency for the partner of the addict to feel he was somehow inadequate to meet the addict's sexual needs and that's why the addict turned to pornography. This isn't true. As previously discussed, pornography addiction is related to biochemistry and problems within the addict herself.
Healthy self-care, the support of friends and family, as well as psychotherapy will help the partner cope and maintain his own healthy self-image. Recovery for the pornography addict, the partner, and the relationship is possible!