John sought counseling for sex addiction and after a few months of consistent behavioral therapy and support, John was able to talk his wife back into spending quality time with him. I lay there, hating myself and hating him and wishing he would cheat on me so I could have an excuse to leave. All touch leads to sex. I felt like I wasn't welcome in my own room. Eventually she saved up enough money to leave her husband. The issue wasn't that she was sexually active; it was how her sexual appetite eventually grew to take over and impede my life. Regardless of what tests or papers I had to complete, she never failed to message me for "room time. Fast forward to age 16, and I was dating a new, older boy. Though Beth and I were paired together courtesy of our school's blind housing system, a bit of Facebook research revealed us to actually have a few things in common—namely, that we were both Texas natives, musicians and aspiring scientists—so I had high hopes that the match would be a good one. Not everyone agrees that sex addiction is a real condition, however. I got nervous and laughed -— how could he love me? For one, there's no diagnostic criteria, as there are for other addiction disorders. Once, she flew to Melbourne to meet someone who had sent her his photo, and on the plane over she thought, what if this is a sham? I finally had a boy at my feet, and it was sex that was keeping him under my newfound power.