Sex Addiction: How to Change Old Routines

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Changing the routines and relationships that are associated with your addiction is almost always essential to achieving and maintaining sobriety.

One of the very first decisions you will have to make when committing to a program of recovery from sex addiction is whether you want to pursue inpatient care at a residential rehabilitation program, or if you want to create a program of your own, in your day-to-day life. One of the main benefits of residential care is that of separating yourself from the location of your addiction; from the streets, bars, stores, and homes where you engaged in your compulsive behaviors.

If you make the decision to begin your life of sexual sobriety and recovery from sex addiction in your hometown, you will need to work on changing your old routines and developing new ones. A change in routine is absolutely necessary to create and sustain a new lifestyle that focuses on and nurtures recovery instead of addiction.

As you begin to separate yourself from the compulsive behaviors of sex addiction, you will find that many of those behaviors and urges are intertwined into your life. Certain times of day, specific places and people, and individual activities or holidays have all become a part of the acting out behaviors you developed while you were engaged in your sex addiction. Changing the routines and relationships associated with your addiction is almost always essential to achieving and maintaining sobriety.

Willingness to recognize and change routines that threaten your sobriety will help you to avoid triggers and to maintain boundaries. You may choose to change your route to work or other destinations in order to avoid locations where you have acted out in the past. You might help yourself maintain sobriety by taking a train instead of your own car. If you find that certain times of day are more difficult than others, you might look into setting up new routines for those times of day, perhaps a new hobby or a group meeting. Very often you will need to avoid the company of people who were a part of your addictive behavior and patterns.

As you change the routine of your sexually compulsive behaviors and embrace abstinence, and as you live day to day and begin to understand the magnitude of your temptation and triggers, you will begin to have a clearer perspective on your addiction and just how powerless you had become over it. You may begin to recognize character flaws within yourself that you were previously unaware of. These are important realizations that can aid you as you move away from sex addiction and toward healthy sexuality.

You may also find that abstinence will allow you to live more centered, peaceful, and connected to God as you understand God. You may find that you now have the time and space to once again engage in interests and activities long since forgotten in favor of sex addiction.

Recovery from sex addiction requires patience, time, and the guidance of others to be successful. Change your routines as you are able, as problems become apparent, and as often as you need to in order to maintain sobriety. You may experience some negative reactions as you go through this process but remember what your goal is and stand firm. You can live free from sex addiction.

 

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