I received this story yesterday from a woman who desperately needs support and advice. I am hoping some of you will chime in with responses. ~ JoAnn September 2016, my life totally changed. I returned from out of town for one night and had a feeling I needed to look [...]
I received the following e-mail from a concerned partner. I was appalled as I watched the video and listened to him make an absurd excuse for 'sex addiction' behaviors. Unfortunately this is just yet another twist on the old victim blaming game. What do you think? ~ JoAnn Hi [...]
Think back when you first got married (maybe before kids and mortgages). If someone had asked you the question “what would you do if he cheated on you?”, I bet that 99.9% of us would have answered without hesitation “I’d kill him then leave him”. And we would have answered that way because we never believed for one second that he would actually cheat! We did not marry men that we thought were cheaters.
The news coverage of Ray Rice brutally beating his fiancee unconscious has brought back a flood of memories for me. I was a teen in the 60's and fought long and hard, alongside other courageous women, to win basic rights. Our right to be treated at least as well as animals [...]
An Open Letter To Patrick Carnes, Stephanie Carnes, Robert Weiss, All CSAT Counselors And Sex Addiction 12 Step AdvocatesJoAnn Russell, RN, BSN, MS
Dear Patrick Carnes, Stephanie Carnes, Robert Weiss, All CSAT Counselors and all 12 Step Advocates for Sex Addiction, Please consider this letter an urgent request to change the current 12 step/co-addict approach that has been perpetuated in the field of sexual addiction. The historical underpinning of Bill Wilson’s model for alcoholism [...]
Here is a piece I received from a reader and member of the Sisterhood expressing her thoughts on what happened last week. It is referencing a comment posted here on this site, married to a sex addict, by Jeff Hutchinson a Sex Addiction coach. His posting, attacking me caused quite a stir. Here are Diane's thoughts about the incident. ~ JoAnn
necessary information for any partner who is interested in finding out exactly why these men do what they do or is facing the difficult choice of whether to stay or leave after the Discovery of Sex Addiction in her relationship.
The Holiday Season is upon us and for Partners of Sex Addicts the stress can become unbearable. Here's a few ideas to help you through the Holidays and deal with all that holiday stress. Ahhhh...the holiday season. Blinking colored lights everywhere, crowded malls, shopping lists, noise, everyone telling you their [...]
Announcing the Association for Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists, The First Organization to Specialize in Training and Certification of Partner SpecialistsJoAnn Russell, RN, BSN, MS
A new professional organization was announced today at the Society for Advancement of Sexual Heath (SASH) national conference in San Antonio, Texas.
Note from JoAnn: I have searched through my archives for stories that I have not posted. Some of these, such as this one, were sent last year or the year before. With Sex Addiction, unfortunately, the stories are timeless and we can all gain from the experiences of each other [...]
Often I get requests asking for advice or for me to provide e-mail addresses or phone numbers of other readers so that a personal connection can be made. I understand that need for such a connection, as well as the need for a private, open forum for sharing, and that's why I developed my o
I have been contacted by a daytime television producer who is doing a show next week on porn addiction. The show would like to have a couple on who are struggling with porn addiction. Since the show will be taped next week it is important to contact the producer right [...]
There has been a lot of discussion on the Sisterhood web site about the concepts of Sexual And Intimacy Anorexia. Many opinions have been voiced, so I thought I would bring that topic over here and see what some of you might have to say.
I found that my husband has been participating in regular webcam sessions with performers that he pays to take their clothes off. I feel quite betrayed but he says that it’s totally meaningless, that I am overreacting and that it’s just a harmless outlet for him and that it is something that most guys do.