As recovering addicts, we must learn to enjoy the ups while staying prepared for the downs.
Many sex and porn addicts experience a ‘honeymoon period’ in early recovery, in which we suddenly lose all desire to engage in our addiction. Fascinated by the insight we’re developing and thrilled to have finally found a solution to our problem, we move forward thinking that recovery is easy and we’ve got our addiction in the bag. This is not, however, the case. The pink cloud of early recovery is temporary, and the desire to act out eventually returns—often stronger than before. If this is not expected and anticipated, it is easy for us to think that something has gone awry in our recovery. In reality, nothing is amiss. This is a normal part of the healing process.
Task for Today
Think of one healthy thing you can do when the ‘recovery blues’ hit.