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What About The Spouse? An Interview With Carol McColl, Part 5


May 13


Carol McCollI am very excited to bring you Part 5 of this interview by Carol McColl!

Carol is a Licensed Professional Counselor, she holds an M.A. in Counseling from Dallas Baptist University, and a B.A. in Christian Education from Wheaton College (IL). She is a member of American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC). She has over twenty-five years of experience in ministry to women and teenagers.  Carol currently works at Haven Counseling in Dallas, TX.  You can contact her by clicking here.

Carol’s own personal history of being in relationship to someone with a sex addiction, and her own recovery process, compelled her to pursue her MA in Counseling.  Informed by her personal story and her clinical expertise, Carol is able to effectively walk alongside other women dealing with this issue in their lives.

This is part five of a five part series interview where Carol shares some very valuable and practical advice to those who may be a spouse of a sex addict.

In this fifth segment, Carol addresses many important aspects, and among these are:

  • Is there anything a spouse can do to help their addicted spouse in recovery?
  • Are there times that separation or divorce are necessary?
  • What is the difference between forgiveness and trust?
  • Should the spouse be the addict’s accountability partner?

Click the arrow on the audio player at the top of this post to start the interview.


Below is a list of Carol’s recommended reading on related topics:

Healing for a Spouse of a Sex Addict

Journey to Healing and Joy, A Workbook for Partners of Sex Addicts

By Marsha Means

Living With Your Husband’s Secret Wars

By Marsha Means

Your Sexually Addicted Spouse – How Partners Cope & Heal

By Barbara Steffens, Ph. D. and Marsha Means, MA

Shattered Vows – Hope & Healing for Woman Who Have Been Sexually Betrayed

By Debra Laaser

Mending A Shattered Heart – A Guide For Partners of Sex Addicts

By Stephanie Carnes Ph.D.

Hope After Betrayal – Healing When Sexual Addiction Invades Your Marriage

By Meg Wilson

Deceived – Facing Sexual Betrayal, Lies & Secrets

By Claudia Black, Ph.D.

The Intimacy Factor – The Ground Rules for Overcoming Obstacles to Truth, Respect & Lasting Love

By Pia Mellody



Facing Codependence – What it is, Where it Comes From, How it Sabotages Our Lives

By Pia Melody

Codependent No More

By Melody Beattie

Beyond Codependency

By Melody Beattie


Understanding Sexual Addiction

Faithful & True – Sexual Integrity in a Fallen World

By Mark Laaser Ph.D.

Addiction & Grace – Love & Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions

By Gerald G. May, M.D.

Breaking Free – Understanding Sexual Addictions & the Healing Power of Jesus

By Russell Willingham

Wired For Intimacy – How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain

By William M. Struthers

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