These individuals will have introduced specific behaviors/patterns in their life that support their recovery and reduce the temptations they will face, such as computer filters, accountability partners, continued self-improvement choices, and consistent activities that not only grow who they are but also have a positive impact on others.
Most important, where their recovery plan may change along the way, they never let their guard down to say they have arrived, and they stay in the continuous mode of healthy self-care in some fashion.
Sex addiction (also referred to as sexual compulsivity or hypersexuality) isn’t about having a strong sex drive…it’s using sex in a compulsive way as a way to avoid feeling or dealing with what’s really happening in your life.
This avoidant behavior ultimately does its job too well and becomes a problem in and of itself.
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When golf legend Tiger Woods went away to rehab to be treated for an alleged sex addiction he became the butt of a thousand jokes, lost millions of dollars in product endorsement revenue and became the poster boy for wayward spouses.
It is essential that they share their feelings appropriately and be truthful with themselves and that they avoid anything that would cause even a hint of suspicion by others.
One way that you will know that your dating partner is someone who values integrity is to watch him or her.
Yes, many people go through a phase where they may spend an inordinate amount of time scanning or trolling a local watering hole.For example, a person who has abused alcohol needs to stay away from bars and heavy drinking venues to avoid temptation.The same goes for people with sex addiction; they have certain places they cannot visit, movies they cannot watch, and websites to stay clear of, and even conversations with other individuals that may trigger certain thoughts or feelings.The end result is someone who can share compassion, understanding, and love in a deeper, healthier way in relationships because that person made it a point to have tough love for him- or herself first. Permission to publish granted by Janie Lacy, LMHC, NCC, CSAT, therapist in Maitland, Florida The preceding article was solely written by the author named above.
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This not only assists them in being the person of integrity they want to be but also prepares them to be real, genuine, honest, and transparent in future relationships.