Tiger Woods' name has long been synonymous with phenomenal golf skills, and he used to be the picture-perfect image of a wholesome family man. Is he now the new face of sexual-addictions treatment and family counseling?
Tiger and Elin may have unknowingly helped many other couples struggling with sexual addiction. Tiger has been very clear on how difficult this situation has been on his entire family, and has said he recognizes that treatment for him and Elin is his priority. The fact that he has been so public about his time in rehab and his counseling has positively impacted those struggling with the same issues. Those suffering in secret now have someone to relate to.
How do non-celebrity sex addicts manage to recover? Can they ever really do it? Much of a real-life addict's shame and guilt is mirrored in Tiger's. And Elin's ability to stay strong in the face of this turmoil sets an example as one of the ways real-life spouses may choose to react. Sexual addiction is usually a huge secret. The mere fact of knowing that there are others out there engaging in the same type of behavior -- and getting help for it -- is a powerful idea within itself.
ESSENCE.com took a look inside what real couples face when going through therapy for sexual addiction. Read part one of this brutally honest story, and discover what each of these couples encounter as they start their journey toward uncovering the truth about their sex-addict spouses' secret lives.