Rick Reynolds, LCSW
by Rick Reynolds, LCSW
Founder & President, Affair Recovery

The Story that Started Affair Recovery

Today I’d like to share with you what I call “The Story That Started Affair Recovery”. It’s Stephanie's and my story which lays out for you how we’ve now come to be married 37 years, continually walking in the miracle of restoration. As you watch our story and get an idea of our own personal timeline, I think you’ll see, it’s not been easy: particularly for Steph. Early on in our marriage, my life had two parts and I was a great liar, then six years into the marriage I became convinced my marriage was over and that there was no hope for its survival.

While our story has had moments of incredible pain and hurt, it has had far more moments of elation, wonder, and gratitude at what God’s grace coupled with proper recovery principles can do for you. I hope you’ll take some time to watch our story video and absorb what has happened for us and what just may, in fact, be possible for you and your spouse:

If you too are struggling, I’d encourage you and your spouse to come meet both myself and Steph at our monthly EMS Weekend. I can’t promise you your marriage will be restored, but I can promise you’ll absolutely be glad you came. If you’d like more information on how we help couples or even individuals in crisis please call 888-527-2367 or email us at info@hope-now.com



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Question about ending your affair

Thank you so much for providing this video. You have helped me so much! It hit right at home with my own journey with my husband. I do have a question. You mentioned at the start of the video that even though you wanted to give up your affair that you could not. You also mentioned that when your AP called you at a later date, that if you did not cut off communcation with her right then, you could possible resume your affair with her. Why is that? This is an area which I struggle with my husband's bands 'story." He states wanted to be out of the "friendship" with his co-worker once it turned physical Yet, he did not know why he could not stop the "habit." I am hoping that you provide some insight on this. Even through therapy, nobody can give me an answer/insight and this is what is leaving me stuck. I so respect both you and Stephanie for all that you have gone through and all of the important information that you have provided. Thank you

Your story

I appreciated your sharing your story but I would have liked to hear more from Stephanie. A lot of the video is just you talking about YOUR feelings and struggles. We hear very little about why Stephanie decided to accept what you had done and stay with you anyway, and that is the hardest part for me. Didn't she ever struggle with this? Why don't you talk about that? It just seems like you both assumed she would stay and you would work on your recovery - even though she lost her friends, her church, her community and her trust in you in one fell swoop. Why did she forgive you?

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