Category 6: Love Addiction Category 3: Sexual Addiction This type of betrayal is an ongoing pattern of sexual behavior such as frequenting strip clubs, viewing pornography, compulsive masturbation, prostitution, repetitive encounters with sexual partners, and other behaviors that are destructive to both the individual and to the marital relationship. These individuals, though married, have never been able to find complete fulfillment from their marriage. They are enslaved by a drive to satisfy their longings. Driven by obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors, they are powerless over their extra-marital attachments to behaviors, people, or objects such as pornography. These individuals look to these extramarital attachments to meet their need for love and acceptance rather than their mate. Interestingly, this category of affairs is not about the marriage, and often the betrayer will state that they don't want to lose their marriage. Most likely they would have pursued the same behaviors regardless of whom they married. The fear and shame associated with this behavior perpetuates the dual life of an addict, which in turn propels the destructive behaviors. They often feel hopelessly trapped by these behaviors, but are afraid to come clean because they don't want to lose their marriage or give up their addictive behavior.
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En route for answer this question, we have en route for look at the problem of compulsion in general. What makes any behavior an addiction? When do you angry the line from behavior that could be considered a bad habit addicted to addiction territory? For example, how a lot of beers a night make you an alcoholic?