Awakening in the ICU, she at last understood what she had become: a sex addict.
“Through sexually acting out, I lost two marriages and a job.
I ended up homeless and on food stamps,” says Valerie, who, like most sex addicts interviewed for this story, declined to provide her real name.
“I was totally out of control.” Keep up with this story and more “Sex addiction” remains a controversial designation—often dismissed as a myth or providing talk-show punchlines thanks to high-profile lotharios such as Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Tiger Woods.
After a decade of carrying on this way, Valerie hit rock bottom.
Facing her second divorce as well as the end of an affair, she grew despondent and attempted to take her life by overdosing on prescription medication.
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