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  1. Hi PJ, Thanks for asking and checking in, I appreciate it. I wish I could say I was doing better, but the truth is I am not. I keep reaching out for help, seeing a spouse’s sex addiction counsellor weekly, psychologists and now today have seen a psychiatrist who is starting me on treatment for antidepressants. People keep telling me to look after myself, which I am trying but I am not really there to manage that. I have still heard nothing from my husband. I am too scared to contact him, he seems to be using anything I do despite being well meaning against me and as a way to actively hurt me. It is so hard to process when pretty much every post that I read, the SA’s want to at least stay irrespective of whether they are sincere about their recovery. It makes me feel as though on top of this all he never really loved me, which feels such a contradiction to the marriage we had before of this happened. These are the things I have learnt since he has left. I don’t whether they mean anything really or not. He told a close friend that he has been carrying a great deal of shame most of his life, but didn’t elaborate why. He also said to them about 5 months ago, ‘don’t you think it is unfair marrying someone and then they turn out to be completely different to who the said they were’ (the friend believes he was talking about himself). 4 makes months ago he bought Russel Brand’s book on sex addiction. In November when we had our big fight related to him not talking about our baby or being supportive he left for 4 days (I know now he went on a binge then), I believe for the whole year leading up to this he was trying to not act out at all, when he returned home was he crying and depressed for 3 weeks telling me he couldn’t do this anymore. Eventually he turned a corner and decided to stay and over the weeks before D Day he began to return to his normal loving self. Since D Day, although I have had no contact with him, he has confided in his friend on some level, I have had no update on his state of mind for almost 4 weeks, but the last I heard was that he wanted help but hadn’t sought any yet. That he was hurting and missed me. Despite seeing that friend I believe he has gone underground. He still keeps the wedding photo of us up as his Facebook profile pic, but never goes on there anymore at all despite formerly being on there 3x/day when things were fine. No-one has seen him anywhere. He hasn’t served me with any further divorce proceedings despite the letter I received over a month ago stating that he would be pursuing that very shortly. I don’t know what to make of it, I don’t know if he is stuck or not sure what to do since he lashed out initially , although I am realistic he most likely isn’t pursuing recovery yet, on some levels it implies he is not in a great place. I guess I am not sure whether, I will see the old ever him again once he settles down. After November and his binge and him eventually settling down I wonder whether or not that could be possible again.....I don’t know....
  2. Thank you for all your replies. I really appreciate the advice, yet it is so hard accepting this is completely out of my hands. With him out the door there is nothing I can say or do. I have no idea what he is doing or what he is thinking. Does anyone know much about using a professional intervention to get people into seeking help? I believe my husband is at the point where he has pretty much thrown in everything that was important to him in his life with exception of his job for this addiction, that really he is at the point of needing inpatient treatment. If this isn’t close to rock bottom for him then I don’t know what is?
  3. Thanks for your advice PJ and Anon, I really appreciate it. I have definitely witnessed the selfish side that you speak of. It is definitely as though the addict in him has now taken him over. Since I made this original post I discovered he blocked my calls and messages. I tried to reach out to call and email him to say I loved him and wanted to talk and a day later receive an email from a lawyer stating that I was not to contact him ever again and basically attempting to contact him was harrassment. It is devastating,he makes me feel like I am the worst person in the world. It is as though our whole relationship and the fact that I am the mother to his unborn daughter meant nothing to him. I can only describe his retaliation as evil as though he carries now an intense rage against me. I am not sure whether this rage is an attempt at damage control, to try to eradicate me from his life to protect his squeaky clean reputation. I would have thought staying even if he wasn't serious about recovery would have looked better for him in the long run than to face judgement from all his well-to-do friends and family on walking out on his pregnant wife. Not to mention involving lawyers from this early on to avoid any form of communication is going to cost us a complete fortune. His behaviour doesn't even seem remotely rational.
  4. It was 2.5 weeks ago when I discovered my partner was a sex addict, by accident. The discovery unveiled in the staggered disclosure pattern a few days and what I know so far is that my husband who is 35, has been having erotic massages since 21 and also has been involved in prostitution. He has done this through all of his relationships including ours. We have been together for 4yrs and married for 1 of those. I am currently 4 months pregnant. Leading up to the discovery I knew something wasn't right, for some reason I couldn't trust him and it resulted in fights over the past year. One fight in Nov I asked him to leave the house over his lack of support of me being newly pregnant. He returned after a few days, telling me wanted out of our relationship. I was shocked, he could want to leave so easily. I later discovered that he had been on a binge of acting out after that fight. I believe he may have otherwise been abstinent the whole year. It took him 3 weeks to appear less depressed settle down and re-commit to investing in our relationship. Following that over Xmas and NY things were going well. He was excited about our 1st child on the way and came to my ultrasound appointments and was telling his friends about the pregnancy. This all came to a hault at discovery time. Initially he was remorseful. He said he still loved me and he didn't want me to give up the baby. He admitted to being a sex addict and even turned up to a sex addict anonymous appointment. A few days later we were supposed to go and tell his parents about his addiction so they could help us through while I was pregnant and we were trying to go through professional help and he did a complete 180 and flipped and walked out on me. On that night, it was like he was taken over by another human I had never met before. Two days later he phoned me to say he wanted a divorce, that our marriage is irreconcilable, that he didn't love me anymore and that he didn't care what I did with our baby, whether I kept it or not but he wanted nothing to do with it. He was so angry at me and blames all of our problems on me, he also denied on that phonecall being a sex addict. I haven't heard from him since, I assume he went out on another bender. I reached out to him to apologise for my reaction to his discovery and still nothing. It is like he has just run out of my life with no remorse. One of his friends who has been in touch with me tells me he is still very angry at me and still blaming everything on me. I know he really did want children and he is a very proud person who cares immensely what others think of him. I know he hasn't faced yet the judgement of what people will think of him walking out on his pregnant wife. My question is, will this anger and blame that is directed towards me by him resolve or will he carry this forever? I keep receiving advice to take care of myself for now and even to think myself lucky that he has walked out on me, but that does not help. I wanted the chance to try to work through this. I still love him immensely and believe people deserve second chances. I don't know whether to reach out to him and continue to tell him I love him and am there for him or whether to just give him some space in the hope that in time he will cool down. Has anyone else seen sex addicts react like this immediately post discovery and do things from there every change?
  5. It was 2.5 weeks ago when I discovered my partner was a sex addict, by accident. The discovery unveiled in the staggered disclosure pattern a few days and what I know so far is that my husband who is 35, has been having erotic massages since 21 and also has been involved in prostitution. He has done this through all of his relationships including ours. We have been together for 4yrs and married for 1 of those. I am currently 4 months pregnant. Leading up to the discovery I knew something wasn't right, for some reason I couldn't trust him and it resulted in fights over the past year. One fight in Nov I asked him to leave the house over his lack of support of me being newly pregnant. He returned after a few days, telling me wanted out of our relationship. I was shocked, he could want to leave so easily. I later discovered that he had been on a binge of acting out after that fight. I believe he may have otherwise been abstinent the whole year. It took him 3 weeks to appear less depressed settle down and re-commit to investing in our relationship. Following that over Xmas and NY things were going well. He was excited about our 1st child on the way and came to my ultrasound appointments and was telling his friends about the pregnancy. This all came to a hault at discovery time. Initially he was remorseful. He said he still loved me and he didn't want me to give up the baby. He admitted to being a sex addict and even turned up to a sex addict anonymous appointment. A few days later we were supposed to go and tell his parents about his addiction so they could help us through while I was pregnant and we were trying to go through professional help and he did a complete 180 and flipped and walked out on me. On that night, it was like he was taken over by another human I had never met before. Two days later he phoned me to say he wanted a divorce, that our marriage is irreconcilable, that he didn't love me anymore and that he didn't care what I did with our baby, whether I kept it or not but he wanted nothing to do with it. He was so angry at me and blames all of our problems on me, he also denied on that phonecall being a sex addict. I haven't heard from him since, I assume he went out on another bender. I reached out to him to apologise for my reaction to his discovery and still nothing. It is like he has just run out of my life. One of his friends who has been in touch with me tells me he is still very angry at me and still blaming everything on me. I know he really did want children and he is a very proud person who cares immensely what others think of him. I know he hasn't faced yet the judgement of what people will think of him walking out on his pregnant wife. My question is, will this anger and blame that is directed towards me by him resolve or will he carry this forever? I keep receiving advice to take care of myself for now and even to think myself lucky that he has walked out on me, but that does not help. I wanted the chance to try to work through this. I still love him immensely and believe people deserve second chances. I don't know whether to reach out to him and continue to tell him I love him and am there for him or whether to just give him some space in the hope that he will cool down. Has anyone else seen sex addicts react like this immediately post discovery and do things from there ever change?
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