without professional treatment what are the chances of recovery form a sex and porn addiction, espesially by some one who has repeatedly cheated in a marriage?

No one can give you actual

No one can give you actual odds. But these are compulsive behaviors that I believe require professional intervention, not because it's the only way to 'get clean' but chiefly because it's the best way to STAY clean and to learn how to do that. It's one thing to put a stop to some behavior like sex or porn addiction, or cheating, it's another to want to put a stop to it and to actively do things to maintain that lifestyle. That's the kind of thing that professional help can offer.

Nikki

I couldn't disagree more. As

I couldn't disagree more. As a porn addict myself, I have never gone through a professional program and I'm presently doing very well with my sobriety. Honestly, for sexual addiction or any other addiction, the best, the absolute best, solution is 12-step. It seems kinda silly, like "how could this possibly work?" But it does, and it works well. For sexual addiction, I highly recommend SAA, far more than SA, but it's a matter of preference. Also, know that all meetings are not created equally, you'll have to shop around a bit to find one that fits you.

As a matter of fairness, I have also been seeing a professional counselor for the past year, however, this is for matters rarely pertaining to sexual addiction...

But that's why 12 step works. 12 step isn't really about addiction, in my opinion.

Addiction isn't about addiction. Addiction is generally about filling a void, or resolving anxiety. For the majority of addicts, they started/continue to use because of things like loneliness, anxiety, medical problems. Rarely do you find a sociopathic addict that simply enjoys things for their very nature and feels no shame, or isn't using their addiction to medicate.

So check out the site (http://www.sexaa.org/), find a meeting, get a sponsor (they'll save your life, they're who will keep you truly sober), and I wish you luck. Take Care

Jonathan

Jonathan- First,

Jonathan-
First, congratulations on your sobriety.

Second, when I responded to the question, I went on the assumption that it was either A or B, or either professional, organized help or 'doing it on one's own.' I got the sense from the question that the person was asking whether they could achieve this without any help whatsoever, an idea with which I disagreed. 12 step programs are not, as you know, considered 'professional' but they are organized by people with extensive experience in the field-- more, often times, than many psychologists, I would argue.

Either way, I largely agree with your response, although as another matter of fairness, you represent a single example of the success of 12 step programs; in other words, you are anecdotal evidence at best, which isn't evidence. Furthermore, there's no way to account for the success of 12 step programs because of their innate anonymity.

Nikki

Thanx for your thoughts and

Thanx for your thoughts and input.

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