When it comes to understanding the effects of covert sex addiction on partners, SASA follows the Multi-Dimensional Partner Trauma Model (M-PTM). This model, taught by the Association of Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists (APSATS), is based on clinical research showing that a majority of partners undergo a “traumatic life event” upon discovery/disclosure of the addiction, and may also suffer from betrayal trauma.
And while more research needs to be done in this area, practitioners have long noted that the whole family system is negatively impacted by porn/sex addiction: whether it is dad’s, mum’s or that of a teen child.
We equip pastoral and clinical practitioners to assist any person who perceives they are being harmed by an intimate partner’s, parent’s or child’s sexual patterns. We suggest following a trauma model when assisting those affected—not the traditional co-dependent model of the 12-steps community.