“Bouncing back from an affair” is a misnomer, indicating a cheerful, happy recovery period. The truth is, it’s a reluctant, painful, and difficult journey back to where the couple was before. There are many steps a couple must take to survive an affair, beginning with “Why?” Discovering why an affair happened is a crucial step to discovering the weakness of a relationship. The cheating spouse must acknowledge his responsibility for the affair, admitting he was wrong and never indicating, “She drove me to it.” Other steps, such as forgiveness and resuming intimacy can’t be rushed by the guilty party, it takes time for an injured spouse to grieve the relationship that no longer exists.

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