How Many 12-Step Meetings Until I’m Cured?

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

The question is not how to get cured, but how to live.

One common misconception about professional treatment for sex and porn addiction is that after completing the recommended program, we will never again struggle with problematic sexual behaviors. This is not, in fact, the case. In reality, there is no cure for sex or porn addiction (or any other addiction), and we must battle the addiction on an ongoing, lifelong basis. Our desire to act out sexually does not go away. It lessens, certainly, and we learn to respond in non-addictive ways when triggered, but our desire to engage in the addiction does not disappear entirely, no matter how good a treatment center is or how motivated we are to fully recover. This does not, however, mean that professional treatment is not valuable. Nearly always, it is an incredible jumpstart for healing and recovery, helping us break through our denial and preparing us for the lifetime of work to come.

Task for Today
Accept that you can get better every day but you’ll never be completely well.