The First Step in Returning to Sex: Relearning Self-Respect

Is it possible to have a normal sex life after addiction? The answer is, “yes.” A healthy sex life and relationships are possible after recovering from sex addiction. However, it does take a dedicated plan. For the next upcoming blogs, we’ll discuss steps to having healthy relationships. We’ll talk about steps for both recovering sex addicts and their partners, as well as how to work through any issues. 

Before you begin to work on your relationship, however, you’ll want to be mindful of a few more personal things. If you want to have healthy relationships, you have to build a solid base. 

Learn about yourself again. Be mindful of your fears, what makes you anxious and what makes you happy. Knowing about yourself and acknowledging your truths will help you do the same for others. 

Form meaningful connections with others. Many times, sexual addicts are quick to cut ties so as to not feel responsibility to others. Instead, work on creating health ties to others. This will help you practice forming a connection with your partner, and listen to their needs. 

Take responsibility for how you feel, especially in your relationships with others. No one else can make you feel a certain way; you are in control of yourself.

Learn respect for others, including how to feel empathy for a partner’s feelings. This will increase your ability to feel your partner’s emotions, as well as anticipate them. 

In our next blog, we’ll delve a little more into why empathy is important. In the meantime, if you have questions or want to schedule a therapy session, give us a call.