Every flower must grow through dirt.

Most sex addicts experience extreme emotional discomfort in early sobriety. And why would we not? After all, addictive sexuality has been our primary way of coping with any and all discomfort – including feelings as seemingly benign as boredom – for years on end. When the addiction is taken away, we no longer have this easy means of numbing out and escaping. And without that, we must face our emotions head-on. For people like us who’ve been trying to “not feel” for years or even decades, this can be an incredibly uncomfortable experience.

Just for Today
Pay attention to your emotional discomfort. Be willing to sit with it without relapsing.