My spouse wants to leave me even though I was diagnosed and treated over two years ago as a mild sex addict, more addicted to work according to my addiction therapist. Her reasoning is that she read that recovery chances are so slim. Is that true?

This is a hard question to

This is a hard question to answer, because not a lot of research has been done on either sex addiction or work addiction. Neither have been formally recognized as an addiction, even though an estimated 6-8% of Americans are sex addicts and an estimated 8% of the world's working population spends more than 12 hours per day at work. I'm not aware of any published statistics on recovery rates.

Even if we knew how many people are successfully treated for sex or work addiction, that wouldn't necessarily say a lot about your particular outlook. Treatment success rates vary based on so many factors--situational, biological, genetic--and two addicts can have very different outcomes. If it's been two years since you've been treated, it seems like you should have a pretty good idea of how your recovery is going. If you're still seeing a therapist, perhaps your spouse would be interested in going to a session with you in order to hear what a professional has to say about recovery chances.

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