When Sexual Behaviors and Substance Abuse are Fused

All daily inspirations can be found in the book Sex and Porn Addiction Healing and Recovery. Used here with permission of the author.

If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you.

When substance abuse is consistently fused with the hunt for and experience of intensely arousing sex or pornography, these paired behavioral patterns can become mutually reinforcing. Over time, even simple sexual fantasies or memories can become a psychological trigger for substance use, and vice versa. Eventually, substances and sexual activity can become so tightly paired that engaging in one behavior inevitably leads to the other. For this type of dually addicted individual, getting drunk/high and seeking/finding/engaging in sexual behavior becomes a single coexisting addiction.

Task for Today
Consider the possibility that you may have a fused substance/sex addiction, and you might need to recover from both issues simultaneously.