Contributor: Crystal Karges, MS, RDN, IBCLC Special Projects Coordinator at Eating Disorder Hope/Addiction Hope
Contrary to what many individuals may think or assume about sexual addiction, this intimacy disorder takes a significant toll, not only on the individual, but also on their family, friends, and loved ones as well.
There are many consequences associated with sexual addiction that may have not been anticipated, and even in the recovery process, the reality of the struggle can be overwhelming to cope with.
If you or someone you love has been dealing with a sexual addiction, it is absolutely important to know that treatment will help you overcome many of the struggles you are facing.
Attempting to work through your addiction alone will only further isolate you and leave you discouraged through the process. Though you have likely experienced some degree of shame, guilt, anger, frustration, and sadness related to your addiction and the associated consequences, there is hope in your recovery too.
Admit the Struggle
Hope for restoring your life cannot begin without first admitting the struggle and seeking out the appropriate help that is needed for recovery. While it may be assumed that sexual addiction is simply related to a lack of control, there are a variety of other factors involved that can lead to the complexity of sexual addiction.
Through your journey, you may find yourself experiencing despair or hopelessness for various reasons. It is difficult to reflect on your struggle and be fully aware of how your addiction has impacted you and those you love.
Far too often, a person dealing with a sexual addiction can remain in denial for some time until the side effects can no longer be ignored. In the midst of pain, there is room for hope and for a future of life and recovery.
If you have found yourself hopeless in your recovery journey from a sexual addiction, do not allow yourself to remain isolated, alone, or without the support of others.
Get involved in a support group that allows you to remain connected to others who can help encourage you, keep you accountable and relate to many of the aspects you may be experiencing in your recovery journey. Think of your future and know that the effort you are putting into your recovery will allow you the freedom you want and desire.
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