Early Sobriety and Cross-Addiction

All daily inspirations can be found in the book Sex and Porn Addiction Healing and Recovery. Used here with permission of the author.

What breaks you down is not the amount of pressure you feel at one time, it’s the way you perceive and handle it.

When we are new to recovery, many of us find ourselves replacing (or wanting to replace) our primary addiction with some other compulsive (and highly emotionally distracting) activity. Sometimes this will manifest as a cross-addiction. For instance, when we stop acting out, we may experience a flood of uncomfortable emotions, and without compulsive sexuality to numb and stem the tide of those feelings, we might turn to drinking, drugging, smoking, eating, gambling, spending, or any other pleasurable substance or behavior. Knowing this, it is incredibly important that we keep a watchful eye on our other behaviors, especially in the first few months of the recovery process.

Task for Today
Think about how you may be using other potentially addictive behaviors as a replacement for your sex or porn addiction.