Sex Addicts and Withdrawal

We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.

In early sexual sobriety, even the smallest annoyance can feel like a major issue. Without our go-to coping mechanism (compulsive sexuality), we tend to overreact and blow up. We get angry with ourselves and others, we cry, we’re afraid, we’re lonely, etc. As such, in early recovery we are not always fun to be around. This is our (mostly emotional rather than physical) form of withdrawal. If we find that we are experiencing this, we must talk about our feelings with a supportive person who is knowledgeable about sex addiction and the process of recovery. Unchecked withdrawal symptoms can lead not only to sex addiction relapse, but to depression, anxiety, irritability, and similar issues.

Just for Today
Pay attention to your feelings. Share about them with a supportive friend.