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Recovering from an Extramarital Affair

When evaluating, stopping, and recovering from an extramarital affair:

- You may initially feel depression and even a strong sense of 'withdrawal'.  Specific boundaries being      established will help to address the 'withdrawal' and confusion.

- Your partner's trauma should be considered, as they learn of the infidelity ('Disclosure')

- While 'disclosure' is usually necessary, most forms of disclosure (i.e., 'discovery', 'staggered', etc.) are traumatizing and damaging.  Alternatively,  a professionally-informed  (with assured confidentiality)  form of disclosure is considered to be the safest and best approach.

- New boundaries and purposeful communication will be necessary to aid in relationship recovery.  It is important to understand the personal wounds and dysfunction that contributed to the affair occurring.  

- There are systematic methods of communicating that will decrease the spouse's yearning for control, as your spouse will be 'triggered' less.  Transparency, communication, and adhering to boundaries will be important.

Specific implementations and strategies are available to dramatically increase your own recovery, your partner's recovery, and the recovery of your relationship.