Isn’t Treatment Enough?

You can shake the monkey off your back, but the circus never quite leaves town.

A lot of times recovering sex addicts think: Gee, I’ve been through treatment and I paid a lot of money for that, and now they want me to go to 12-step meetings? Shouldn’t I be cured by now? The answer, of course, is no, because there is no cure for addiction. It doesn’t matter how good a treatment center is, it can’t and won’t cure an addiction. We don’t spend a few weeks or a month in treatment and then walk out the door perfectly OK. Instead, we depart with an understanding of our basic issues, some useful coping skills that can help us avoid relapse, and a plan for carrying sexual sobriety forward into our lives. The purpose of sex rehab is not to cure sexual addiction, it’s to prepare us for the lifetime of recovery to come.

Just for Today
I will accept the fact that I will never be cured of my addiction, but with daily work I can keep it in remission.