It is a known fact that break-ups are terrible. The first few months after separating from a loved one can be the hardest time in a person’s life as they try to deal with the upset, loneliness and boredom following a break-up.

But there are ways to bypass these months, making them a little easier on you during the adjustment. Some people take up hobbies, something to define the new version of themselves. Others throw themselves into their work, hoping to distract themselves from the flurry of emotions building up inside of them. And some decide to take a more physical approach, using their free time to have sexual encounters that they were not permitted to have while in their relationship.

Sometimes this tactic can make a person feel complete and wanted, but it can also lead to other issues, as was the case with Australian, Nadia Bokody, who found herself having to cope with a recently discovered sexual addiction and something even more daunting. Read on to find out more about Bokody’s journey.

Break-ups Suck

Being in a relationship can make life seem perfect, but not all relationships last.

 

Sometimes the Magic Dies

And the relationship becomes nothing more than a performance of what it once was.

 

Breaking-up is Sometimes the Only Solution

Although we often want to deny it, sometimes breaking up is just the best option, even though it could leave you and your partner emotionally fractured for some time afterwards.

 

But Breaking Up Can Also Be a Relief

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This is something that Nadia Bokody discovered after she divorced from her husband of seven years.

 

Her Divorce Allowed Her To Experience A New Way Of Life

Bokody, the global editor of She Said, wrote that she had embarked on a sexual experiment after divorcing from her husband of seven years.

And she even listed the people that she’d slept with; sounds like Ryan, Ted, Matt, Charlie, Steve, Ben and Lisa were a lucky bunch!

 

It Was A Sexual Experiment That Helped Her Cope With The Separation

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During this time, Bokody admitted to sleeping with seven men a week, sometimes even having sex six to seven times a day.

 

Guess Seven Is Her Lucky Number?

She found that these sexual encounters helped her through her divorce, stating that they made her feel “alive” after being a wife for almost a decade.

 

And Bokody Loves A Colourful Metaphor

Writing about these experiences, Bokody described her sexual encounters as a “pot of gold at the end of my sexual rainbow.”

 

Sex Allowed Her To Fulfil Certain Desires

Bokody also wrote that experiencing a stream of different lovers made her feel like she had “quenched” the unfulfilled desires that she had during her marriage.

 

She Now Refers To These Encounters As Her Sexual Rainbow

“And so, without entirely setting out to, I began a seven-day expedition of sorts, venturing through each of the hues of the new sexual rainbow coming into focus at the end of a long and heady relationship storm”.

 

And It Seems That It Helped Her Reclaim Her Identity

The hardest part of any break-up is trying to reclaim your identity. Bokody revealed that her string of sexual encounters made her feel “paradoxically invigorated”.

 

They Made Her Feel Like Herself Again

“I felt alive. I felt like me. And I loved it. “

And The Experiences Were Not Necessarily About Lust

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It was about emotional fulfilment.

 

On Some Occasions, She Even Cried

Bokody admitted that she would sometimes cry “happy tears” straight after some of the encounters.

 

Putting Her In Touch With Something Greater

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“Quenching the frustrations and unspoken desires left lingering at the end of my marriage breakdown hadn’t just given me a newfound love of sex again, it had put me back in touch with something greater.”

 

The Sex Reminded Her Of A Time Before She Was Branded Someone’s Wife

“Letting go of everything I knew about love, lust, and sexual gratification in the strange security of transient lovers who knew nothing of me or my history allowed me to find my way back to myself – before I was a wife, a girlfriend, or even someone’s fling. And that was the real pot of gold at the end of my sexual rainbow.”

 

But It Seems That Bokody Has An Addictive Personality

Nadia even admitted that she once had six men on rotation, claiming that she was addicted to them and the sex.

 

She Would Have Sex Six Or Seven Times A Day

Speaking on the Australian radio show, Kyle and Jackie O, Bokody was asked about the amount of times that she would have sex in a day.

 

A Number That Bokody Didn’t Think Was That High

“I don’t think it’s anything astronomical but I would have sex maybe six or seven times in a day.”

 

It Was With The Same Man… Usually

“I would have the odd day where it might have been more than one person in a day but it would have been no more than two.”

 

Now Bokody Believes She May Have Had Some Kind Of Sex Addiction

Bokody never believed that she was a sex addict until she met her current boyfriend, Kynan.

 

She Was Also Diagnosed With Something Else…

Nadia has also been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, which she is still receiving regular treatment for.

 

It’s Something That She Has Not Let Define Her

When speaking to FEMAIL, Bokody had this to say about her diagnosis:

“I checked in with a therapist and he suggested I consider the possibility I had addiction issues around sex and that I was severely codependent. From there, I discovered and joined a group called Co-Dependents Anonymous, a support group who work on the same concept as Al-Anon, and eventually spent some time in a psychiatric facility, where I was formally diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder.”

 

A Common Trait Of Bpd Is Hypersexuality

Reckless sexual behaviour is a trait often associated with the illness, as well as an acute fear of loneliness and abandonment.

 

And The Sex Has Ultimately Had A Pretty Negative Impact On Nadia’s Life

“It came to a point where it was really affecting my ability to go about my day… I was finding it very difficult to focus at work and at one point I left on my lunch break to have a casual encounter with someone I had just met online.”

 

Bokody Has Spoken About Society’s Perception Of Sex Addiction

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“We are quite comfortable with thinking of addiction as something that’s tied to something quite tangible, like an illicit substance or alcohol, but we have a very hard time as a society accepting that people can be addicted to something less tangible, like love or sex. But addiction is a cerebral process, it’s got very little to do with the substance of choice and so much more to do with chasing that high, that dopamine hit that we all get when we engage in something pleasurable.”

 

But Now Nadia Has Found Something Real

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At this moment in time, Nadia is in a healthy and monogamous relationship with her boyfriend, Kynan. We’re happy that she’s found a partner who understands her addiction and mental illness, and who is still happy to be there for her.

 

 

And She Never Once Hid Her Past From Him

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“It’s a mental health issue, it’s not something to be ashamed of, and you should be able to be very honest with a partner about that. Once Ky and I became quite committed and close a couple of months into the relationship I felt comfortable to open up to him about it.”

 

Sometimes Nadia Still Finds It Hard

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Bokody sometimes finds her relationship hard due to her mental illness, finding it difficult to be separated from Kynan when he has to go away for work.

 

But She’s Happier

But she is happier than she was before, and she has found something real to focus on.

Bokody now has a YouTube channel, wherein she talks about sex positivity and mental health issues.

This girl’s great. We’ll definitely be watching! Will you?

 

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