Abusing illegal or certain prescription drugs can create changes in the brain, causing powerful cravings and a compulsion to use that make sobriety seem like an impossible goal. But recovery is never out of reach, no matter how hopeless your situation seems. With the right treatment and support, change is possible.
The men and women seated around me, legs crossed and arms folded, draped over orange plastic chairs, would see right through me any second now.
Even though I was staring down at the floor, I could feel their eyes burning in to me. They had serious problems, not me.
Who am I kidding? The more I listened to the stories of the people around me, the more I realized that I was in the right place. So what is sex addiction, and why is it so frequently misunderstood? What Is Sexual Addiction? The way that I see it, sexual addiction is more about shame, isolation, and unworthiness than it is about chasing after sexual experiences.
Sexual addiction, just like any drug addiction, can have a sliding scale of symptoms — ranging in severity. The consequences can be fatal. With sex addiction, each addict defines what their acting out looks like and what sexual sobriety means to them.
In fact, any addictive or compulsive behaviour could be easily categorized with one simple litmus test… do you find yourself consistently doing something that you do not want to do? You decided to give up drinking and here you are, alone in your bedroom, half way through a bottle of vodka.
You decided to give up having anonymous sex and here you are putting on your pants after a quickie with a total stranger. If the behaviour has control over you, then it has likely become a problem in your life.
With substance addictions, like alcoholism or drug addiction, it is possible and often recommended to simply discontinue the use of the substance entirely. They are interwoven into the fabric of our being and so the goal is to integrate them into our lives in a healthier way.
But because sexual addiction and compulsive sexual behaviour is just the mechanism that numbs out the difficult emotions that addicts are unwilling to face and heal their way through, the most sustainable way that a sex addict can overcome their addiction is to work through their underlying emotional turmoil that keeps them stuck.
Deciding To Face My Past And Feel My Feelings After a certain amount of feeling out of control of my behaviour, I knew that the only way out of this pattern was to feel my underlying emotional wounds. And, as fate would have it, as soon as I set the intention of wanting to dig into my past wounds, my answers were revealed to me in the form of a dream.
I woke up sobbing in the middle of the night, lying next to my girlfriend at the time, and the memories of how isolated and unwanted I felt in my childhood came flooding back to me. It took months of journalling, therapy, and other deep healing modalities to come to terms with the pain that I felt.
As cliche as it sounds, I had to learn to fully love and accept my wounded inner child.
The behavioural antidote, for me, was to reach out to people for help and allow them to be there for me. And, once again, as soon as I set the intention to do so, a rush of new friendship and community came pouring into my life.
Obviously, healing past emotional wounds is something that must be done on an individual basis. There is no one-size-fits-all model.
Here are those insights. The more we keep ourselves away from others, the more we suffer. The more we suffer, the more we downward spiral in a pattern of shame and isolation.Benadryl Addiction – The Problem And How I Overcame it My struggle with benadryl addiction began when I was getting sober from other substances.
I remember being at my mom’s house and taking 4 pills (the equivalent to mg of diphenhydramine HCl), about a hour in I closed my eyes and felt this wave of relaxation followed by a series of lucid dreams.
I say this because I overcame my battles with addiction, a battle that raged for more than 22 years. After winning my battle, I now run one of the largest holistic rehabilitation centers in the United States and help thousands of people every year beat their addiction and start a new promising life.
Sexual addiction is one of the most challenging addictions to overcome. With substance addictions, like alcoholism or drug addiction, it is possible (and often recommended) to simply discontinue the use of the substance entirely.
I had a drug problem for the last 33 years, up until about 4 years ago. I will describe the process of how I overcame my addiction.
For many people struggling with addiction, the biggest and toughest step towards recovery is the first one: Admitting that there is a problem, and be willing and open to change. That’s where my 1st Step came into focus. How I Overcame TV Addiction, Reclaimed My Life and Gained Two Months Per Year By Michael in Addiction, TV Addiction - Comments.
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Addiction is a very common struggle in America today. We’re addicted to drugs, alcohol, gambling, sex, pornography, food, and smoking. You name it. And many people who want to overcome their addiction think that simply having enough willpower is enough for them to stop their addiction.
But this is faulty thinking. Why? Because it just doesn’t work.