Women who have been emotionally abused, neglected or betrayed are especially vulnerable to relationship and intimacy addictions, though their acting out can assume different forms than that of male sex addicts. Some women repeatedly use sex to experience power over others despite the inevitable negative consequences, while others find themselves repeating unproductive patterns of pursuing romantic love with unavailable partners.

At The Ranch love, relationship and sex addiction treatment center, our experienced treatment team helps women struggling with the following addictive behavior patterns, among others:

  • Endlessly searching for “the one”
  • Attracting troubled, addicted, abusive or otherwise emotionally unavailable partners
  • Mistaking sex and romance for intimate love
  • Using sex and/or love to mask loneliness or unhappiness
  • Changing one’s appearance through excessive dieting/exercise or surgery
  • Using seduction, sex or other schemes to attract or hold onto a partner
  • Multiple extramarital affairs
  • Compulsive masturbation with or without pornography
  • Making sexual advances toward individuals in subordinate power positions
  • Dressing seductively to attract attention, take risks or feel empowered
  • Having sex in high-risk locations or situations
  • Inappropriate sexual and relationship boundaries (e.g., engaging in a relationship with a married man or boss)
  • Trading sex for drugs, help, affection, money, status or power
  • Having anonymous sex or repeatedly “falling in love” with strangers

It is not unusual for us to treat women who are secretly having affairs while already in a primary relationship, alongside others who consistently find themselves single yet in an ongoing pursuit of the euphoria of romantic love. These very private and often shameful behaviors can remain masked by other more prominent concerns such as alcohol and drug addictions, eating disorders or excessive spending, yet they may lie at the heart of lifelong struggles with emotional stability and self-esteem.

Overcome sex and love addiction. Call 844-876-7680 for a free, confidential assessment.