Is There a Biblical Approach to Recovery from Sex Addiction?

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Sex addiction can strike anyone, even the most religious of us who would never intentionally do something against our religion. However, this kind of thing happens. Recovery from sex addiction is possible with the help of support groups, therapy, or Twelve-Step programs, but if you are a very religious person, your religion and the Bible can help support you on your road to recovery.

If you are having a hard time coming to grips with your sex addiction and you are feeling guilty, you can take comfort in some of the words of the Bible. Romans 3:23 says that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Yes, you have sinned; however, most everyone has, and simply sinning does not condemn you. You must understand the seriousness of what you have done: by indulging in sexually addictive activities, you have committed adultery against your spouse. If you are single, you have sinned against the person you will one day marry and yourself and your god.

To know that you have sinned so much can bring on shame, but there are ways you can atone for it. The first step is to accept what has happened. Accept your sins, inadequacies, and faults. Truly think about what you have done, and repent for it.

Accept your weaknesses, and seek out the help of God. Knowing that you have sinned so deeply can be frustrating, and it is natural to want to try and fix it yourself, and as quickly as you can. However, this is very prideful and makes it difficult for God to help you. By trying to take care of it yourself, you’re essentially signaling to God that you can handle things yourself without His help (Psalm 10:4 is a good, quick explanation for this).

From a religious point of view, one of the most important things you can do for your sex addiction is to pray. Praying is a private conversation between you and God. Many people just view praying as quickly telling God about your current situation in life and asking Him to help you. However, some more in-depth praying may be in order here. In your prayer sessions, you may want to do such things as confess all of your sins that are bothering you, thanking and worshiping God, and seeking a deeper relationship with Him. You can pray as often as you like, whether once a day, several times a day, or once every few days. You can pray in whatever fashion you like best, whether in quiet contemplation or vigorous and energetic movements. Praying is your own private communication with God and it should be as unique as you are.

Even if you feel content and comfortable your relationship with God will help you overcome your sex addiction, it is advisable that you still participate in therapy or a Twelve-Step program. It is hard to overcome addictions alone, and having other people to talk to and share your experiences with can be extremely beneficial to a successful recovery.

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2 Responses to Is There a Biblical Approach to Recovery from Sex Addiction?

  1. jude on at

    i need ur assistence

    • scottv on at

      what kind of assistance would you like?

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