Recovery From Sexual Addiction
Recovery From Sexual Addiction-
For years, I tried doing recovery on my own. I felt like I was the only person who struggled with sexual addiction. After all, RECOVERY is just for people with substance abuse problems, right? I felt like I was living a double life for about five and a half years. Off and on I would struggle with internet pornography. I tried to battle my addiction with my own methods. I had heard John 8:36 so many times, “He whom the Son sets free is free indeed.” I believed in that scripture for everyone else and their problems. So badly I wanted that scripture to apply to me.
I had been randomly attending Celebrate Recovery meetings at various locations. I finally realized that just attending wasn’t enough for me. I needed to actually work the program. I chose a sponsor and began working the steps in the Step Study materials. Choosing my sponsor was like removing a huge weight off my shoulders. It was such a relief to know that someone else was aware of my struggles. I didn’t have to feel like I was hiding something all the time. I began to feel at peace with myself.
James 5:16 states, “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed.” I was finally able to receive healing. I no longer had to continue on with my life in guilt and shame. I finally learned first hand what it meant to be “free indeed.” To me, Celebrate Recovery has become the judgement free community I needed where I could continually find encouragement, acceptance, and healing.