Rebecca Barker said that her sexual addiction had taken over her life and destroyed all of her relationships. Experts, in this case, have different opinions, but for some people, sex addiction is a very serious disorder that may be embarrassing and even “life-destroying.” As Relationship Charity Relate has called for help to be available on the NHS, two individuals discuss the impact of this addiction on their lives.
“Five times a day of intercourse wasn’t enough in the worst-case scenario, according to Rebecca Barker, a 37-year-old mother of three children. She stated that her compulsion took over her life in 2014 and destroyed her relationships.
Her addiction meant that she constantly asked her partner for sex. “The woman, who was originally from North Yorkshire, added, “It was the first thing I thought of when I woke up, and I couldn’t get it out of my head. “It felt like everything reminded me of it. It felt like my entire body was craving it. it would feel a rush right away, and then five minutes later I would want it again. I became a recluse; I stayed at home because I was ashamed that this was all I could think about. Although no one could read my mind, being around other people felt very uncomfortable for me.”
Rebecca Barker eventually separated from her partner and made lifestyle changes to control her addiction. Her addiction had caused serious problems in her relationships. Initially, her partner enjoyed the attraction, but it became difficult for the couple.
“He accomplished having any concerns with it initially, but towards the end, he had no thought about what was going on. After a few months, he started questioning why it was happening and where it was coming from,” she said. He accused me of having an affair, thinking that I must be feeling guilty about it and that’s why I wanted to have sexual relations with him.”
In November 2014, Rebecca Barker felt the need for a “break” in the relationship and went to live with her mother. “When I left, I told my partner that I needed to get better. He let me go, and shortly after that, the relationship ended very quickly.” At the time, I was under the care of a psychiatrist – she kept saying that medication would change my condition, but she never mentioned any support groups or anything.”
Rebecca Barker was diagnosed with depression after the birth of her third child in 2012. She stated that after it worsened in 2014, she changed jobs, separated from her partner, and went to France.
“I made several lifestyle changes to get rid of the depression and addiction, and it worked for me,” she said. The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially recognized sex addiction as a mental health condition, which can provide a viable pathway for treatment under the NHS for individuals with compulsive sexual behavior disorders.