Shame loses its power when shared with another loving person.
Sex addicts can almost universally relate when other addicts talk about the “shitty committee” that holds uninvited discussions in their head, or the “negative tapes” that spin relentlessly between their ears, or the gremlins that live in their skull and scream “You suck!” at the top of their lungs at all hours of the day and night. This is shame, and it’s a driving force in the formation and maintenance of active sexual addiction. Learning to recognize, understand, and overcome feelings of shame is integral to the process of healing from sexual addiction.
Just for Today
Talk about the shaming messages that you hear in your head with supportive people in recovery, and let them give you a reality check.