Dating in Recovery – a Healthy Timeline of Events

Dating during recovery is overwhelming. You have just learned how to maintain a healthy relationship with yourself, and now you need to do it with a partner. Don’t let it worry you, though! Dating in recovery is a big step to long term relationships built on healthy love and trust. Below, we’ll go over some […]

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3 Habits for Healthy Sexual Recovery

Recovery from sexual addiction can be difficult, especially once you ready to finally re-enter the dating world. It doesn’t have to be impossible, though. By developing habits, you’ll be able to participate in strong, healthy relationships while simultaneously maintaining your sobriety. Developing habits Discovering healthy habits starts while in meetings. Discuss with your group or […]

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The Science Behind Sexual Addiction – It’s Not Sex, It’s Dopamine

When we think of sexual addicts, we think of individuals who can’t stop participating in inappropriate and unhealthy sexual relationships, regardless of the harm it may be causing. They just love sex, right? Well, not exactly.  In actuality, sexual addiction isn’t about the sex. It’s about the chemicals in your brain making you feel good. […]

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Analyzing Sexual Behavior

Analyzing your sexual behavior is a major part of addiction recovery. By analyzing your past behaviors and habits, you can start to recognize patterns and begin working hard to reprogram them into healthier, happier ones. Healthy vs Destructive To start, you need to be able to understand the difference between healthy and destructive behaviors.  Understanding […]

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Signs of Sexual Addiction — 4 Questions to ask Yourself

In previous blogs, we’ve discussed what is not a sign of sexual addiction. While one person’s sexual preferences or sex drive may be different from another’s, this does not mean they have a sexual addiction. However, as with most types of addiction, there are some clear signs and symptoms of sexual addicting. If you have been […]

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Defining Sexual Addiction: Common Signs and How They Manifest

Sexual addiction is a behavioral addiction that is focused on sex or sexual fantasy. It can manifest in many ways: infidelity in relationships, cheating or affairs, pornography addiction, the pursuit of casual or anonymous sex or prostitution. To be considered an addiction, this behavior must continue long-term, usually more than six months, and results in negative […]

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Identifying Sexual Addiction — What’s NOT a Sign

There can sometimes be a line between what is sexual addiction, and what is someone’s sexual preference or sexual drive. Someone can have a high sex drive and be more interested in sex or pornography than another person; however, this does not mean they have an addiction. Like most addictions, sexual addiction or pornography addiction […]

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Defining Addiction and How to Identify Process Addiction

Defining What is Sexual Addiction and What is Not In many aspects of Western Culture, sex is both out in the open and taboo. We encounter sex as a topic of music and song, movies or even used as a marketing tactic. However, we often don’t discuss the act of sex, and view each individual’s […]

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CONFESSIONS OF A SEX ADDICTION THERAPIST

My Patients Come and Go, That’s the Good News Usually, it’s the wife who calls me. She and Joe married five or ten years ago and have a couple of kids. He’s a professional. Both are college-educated. A few days ago, she saw something on his phone – a text string, a porn trail – […]

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Symptoms of Sexual Addiction for Women

While many people assume that the majority of sex addicts are men, that’s not necessarily the case. Studies have reported that about 25 percent of those in sexual addiction recovery programs are women. However, because of this misinformation, addiction behaviors in women are more difficult to spot and are often viewed as issues with “romance” […]

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