Sex addiction can damage your whole life. It can ruin relationships, cause your career to suffer, and take over nearly everything you do.
Like any other addiction, sex addiction refers to repeated and compulsive patterns or behaviors. These can include isolated compulsive watching of pornography, participating in cybersex/chat rooms, and even engaging in anonymous sex.
If you’ve already come to the understanding that you’re struggling with sex addiction, you’ve taken the first step toward recovery. It’s never easy for someone to recognize and admit to having a problem. Recognizing it, though, can make you more willing to get the help you need.
So, what can you do to launch your sex addiction recovery and find freedom from the confines of your patterns and behaviors?
Understand Your Triggers
Once you recognize that you have a problem with sex addiction, you then have to understand your triggers better. Everyone has different triggers that can cause them to give in to their toxic habits.
For example, an alcoholic might start to drink when they’re around a particular group of people or a specific event.
For a sex addict, triggers might be using specific apps on your phone or using the internet at all. Maybe certain movies or scenes in movies trigger your thoughts. Visual stimulation is often the main culprit that can trigger a sex addict to act on their addiction.
Confide in Someone
Sex addiction isn’t easy to talk about. If you can confide in someone you trust, however, it can help to kick start your recovery in a few different ways.
First, it can help you feel as though you don’t have to carry the weight of your “secret” on your own. Sharing your struggles with someone can make them seem more real and motivate you to get help.
Additionally, confiding in someone holds you accountable. Consider them a partner you can turn to. You can meet up for weekly meetings, give them “reports” on your progress, or just give them a call when your triggers start to feel overwhelming.
Start a Journal
Journaling can be a great way to jumpstart your addiction recovery. Journaling will not only help you to identify your triggers better, but it will help you to understand better how you handle them.
Whenever you’re struggling, write it down. If you gave in to your addiction, write about how it happened and why. How did you respond? Did you try to fight against it or not?
When you write things down, it allows you to look back on where you’ve been. This approach can help you to recognize patterns in your behavior. It also lets you see what kind of progress you’ve made throughout your recovery.
Seek Professional Help
While you can do many things to launch your sex addiction recovery, the best thing you can do is to get the help of a professional. Therapy will help you to reveal your triggers and some of the underlying causes. You can form a better idea of what might have caused your sex addiction in the first place.
Therapy can also help you to manage your addiction, and eventually move past it. Feeling hopeful and that you’re not alone can make a big difference in your recovery.
If you’re struggling with sex addiction and you’re ready to make a change in your life, please feel free to contact us.
You don’t have to feel ashamed or helpless. Sex addiction is a problem that many people face. Together, we can tackle your addiction from its very core so you can eventually enjoy a healthy relationship.