How can someone I love do this to our relationship?

In trying to grasp a situation such as this, it is important to remember that the sexual behavior is an addiction. Like all addictions they serve a purpose. Often, the behavior is an attempt to cope with feelings such as depression, stress or other emotionally painful material. In other cases, there may be void in the individual’s life or in their primary relationship. Typically, the reasons behind addictive behavior are complex and multifaceted. For this reason, marital or couple’s counseling may be an adjunct to treatment.

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