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A Systemic Review of the Literature on the Role of the Partner of the Sex Addict, Treatment Models, and a Call for Research for Systems Theory Model in Treating the Partner

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Sexual compulsivity and out-of-control sexual behaviors are increasing with widespread Internet usage, resulting in partners of sex addicts seeking therapeutic help. This article reviews the systemic part the partner plays within the couple, examining the trauma framework and the addiction model. While both models support the partners seeking help for trauma resolution, the addiction model emphasizes the partner's responsibility within the dyadic system, which ultimately supports healing and recovery within the systemic dynamic of the couple and family. It may be further pertinent to reconsider the concept of co-addiction to underscore the equal responsibility the partner shares in the couple ultimately facing issues related to sexual addiction, and exploring the systems theory model for future treatment interventions.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: The Dallas Family Center, Dallas, Texas, 2: Texas Woman's University, Denton, Texas,

Publication date: 01 October 2013

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