Abstinence

Sex Addiction: What is Guilt and Shame

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Sex Addiction: What is Guilt and Shame

I recently responded to a comment/question asked on an earlier blog, Sex Addiction: Why Can’t You Just Stop Acting Out?. It got me thinking about how guilt and shame play a role in the addiction cycle. Now guilt and shame may be part of the original cause of the addiction, but that isn’t what I...
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Sex Addiction: What is Setting Bottom Lines?

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Sex Addiction: What is Setting Bottom Lines?

A bottom line can be seen as a traffic light. It is a useful way for people recovering from sex addiction to monitor their behaviors on a daily basis. What is a bottom line in sex addiction recovery? The recovery process requires that sex addicts identify and set boundaries for sexual thoughts and behaviors....
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Sex Addiction: Am I Sober, Abstinent or in Recovery?

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Sex Addiction: Am I Sober, Abstinent or in Recovery?

There are many views on sobriety, abstinence and recovery that vary from program to program, fellowship to fellowship to fellowship and vary according to who is defining the terms. Many have the false belief that a sex addict needs to become abstinent from sex all together. It is advisable by many of the 12...
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Sex Addiction: Why Do People with a Sex Addiction Relapse?

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Sex Addiction: Why Do People with a Sex Addiction Relapse?

I’ve never met a sex addict who is happy with the fact that it takes time to recovery from sex addiction and it won’t happen overnight. The sex addict is so used to instant gratification in their disease. Whatever their “acting out” behavior or habits, they get instant gratification and release by achieving orgasm....
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What is Abstinence from Sex Addiction?

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When used in the connotation of sex between people who are not addicted, the term abstinence generally implies abstaining from, or not engaging in, sexual activity. However, this term takes on a different meaning when it is applied to those who are in recovery from sex addiction. Within the parameters of sex addiction, abstinence...
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