Stopping a Slip from Becoming a Full-Blown Relapse

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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.

Fall down seven times, stand up eight.

Dr. Robert Weiss defines a sex and porn addiction slip as a brief, mostly unintended return to addiction. He says that relapse occurs when a slip is kept secret, thereby setting the stage for slips of increasing frequency and intensity. No matter what, if we find ourselves in the midst of a slip or relapse, we should immediately get honest about what’s going on, confessing to our therapist, 12-step sponsor, and social support group. We’ve established these loving and empathetic connections for a reason; now is a great time to use them. If we’re in the midst of a slip or relapse and unable or unwilling to ask for help, our downward slide will almost certainly continue. If, however, we reach out and ask for assistance, we can regain our sobriety and integrity.

Task for Today
Be completely honest about your thinking and behavior with someone who supports your recovery.