Recovering From Financial Ruin Due to Sexual Addiction

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Contributor: Crystal Karges, MS, RDN, IBCLC Special Projects Coordinator at Eating Disorder Hope/Addiction Hope

The struggle with a sexual addiction is one that has many dangerous implications to both the sufferer and those involved with the individual. For example, there are many physical, emotional, and psychological consequences that come with having a sexual addiction.

girl sitting in ball cryingA person who may dealing with a sexual addiction may also have broken relationships, poor social skills, struggles with work and career, as well as financial difficulty.

Many individuals with a sexual addiction will commonly exploit finances in order to fund aspects of their behavior, such as pornography use, prostitution, and more.

In the chaos that is an addiction, decisions are often made impulsively, and this often results in unwise financial decisions.

A person with a sexual addiction may go to extreme measures to finance their sexual addiction and behaviors, including charging credit cards to the maximum limits, borrowing money or taking out loans, selling assets or valuable possessions, refinancing a house and more.

If you have found yourself in a situation where your finances have been damaged due to a sexual addiction, it is important to seek out professional help to address this situation.

Financial and Sexual Addiction Support

Ultimately, the root of the problem must be addressed before repairing financial troubles, and seeking treatment for sexual addiction is a necessary step towards preventing further financial trouble. Though your situation may seem hopeless, you are never too far from the help you need and deserve to begin putting the pieces of your life together.

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Once you have appropriately addressed the sexual addiction through professional treatment, you can begin working on reestablishing your finances.

This often begins by assessing your debt, understanding your income, and devising an effective and affordable budget for paying off debt.

Depending on the extent of financial damage, you may consider seeking out a financial advisor you can help you recover assets, rebuild credit, and more.

Step by step and with the assistance of professionals, you can find your way towards financial peace, and most importantly, recovery from a sexual addiction. Know that you are not alone and help is available today!

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If you have been in recovery for sexual addiction, was medication part of your treatment? If so, how did this help you in your recovery journey?

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About the Author: Crystal is a Masters-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with a specialty focus in eating disorders, maternal/child health and wellness, and intuitive eating. Combining clinical experience with a love of social media and writing, Crystal serves as the Special Projects Coordinator for Eating Disorder Hope/Addiction Hope, where her passion to help others find recovery and healing is integrated into each part of her work.

As a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, Crystal has dedicated her career to helping others establish a healthy relationship with food and body through her work with EDH/AH and nutrition private practice.

The opinions and views of our guest contributors are shared to provide a broad perspective of addictions. These are not necessarily the views of Addiction Hope, but an effort to offer discussion of various issues by different concerned individuals.

We at Addiction Hope understand that addictions result from a combination of environmental and genetic factors. If you or a loved one are suffering from an addiction, please know that there is hope for you, and seek immediate professional help.

Last Updated & Reviewed By: Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC on December 11, 2015
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