A former sex addict and Bachelor contestant has spoken up about having sex with 700 men. She also talked about the precise moment she knew she had hit rock bottom.
Today, Belinda "Love" Rygier calls herself an "Intuitive Love-Confidence Coach."
She has opened up about her shocking past as a way to help people struggling with pain and trauma.
When she was highly addicted to sex, she felt that sex was the biggest priority. It did not matter if she was doing something as routine as shopping for groceries.
During a recent interview, she said that during such shopping trips, she would see a guy and start wondering if he would be interested in sleeping with her.
She found most of her sexual partners, both male, and female, in bars and nightclubs. Belinda often had to ditch her friends to get someone to sleep with.
She also said that she did not know the kind of person she was. At the time, as soon as she walked out, she found herself looking for a hot guy.
Belinda became a sex addict because it was the only thing that made her feel loved. She lacked love in her life.
Over time, the number of people she had slept with kept rising. She also ended up as a mistress a few times.
At the time, she thought it was "thrilling" for a man to risk ruining his marriage to be with her.
Today, she is not proud of such relationships. She understands that she was hurting other people.
She knew she had to turn her life around as a sex addict when one of her many sexual partners got abusive. Belinda felt helpless.
She could not press charges because she was afraid she would also end up in problems.
During the abusive relationship, she was pushed down the stairs and locked up in the garage. She suspected that her hand was broken, and she also had a black eye.
When she went to work, she was asked to go home. The police also came and told her that they could both be accused of domestic violence because the man also had a scratch, which he got as she tried to get him off her.
The nasty experience inspired her to turn her life around.
She started counseling and self-development work. This allowed her to deal with her completed childhood issues and an avoidant-attachment personality.
As a result, she operates boot camps in an attempt to support victims of trauma.
Because she was open about her past and addiction, she dealt with judgmental trolls. She has also received lewd and sexual comments.
However, she will not let such issues bring her down.
She understands that love is not a competition or a challenge, which is what many sex addicts tend to believe.
Belinda knows it is crucial to heal the hurt, love yourself and figure out your attachment style and language to recover from this problem.