We have written many blog posts about the challenges of working towards sobriety as a sex addict, but one of the things that we haven’t spent much time talking about is actually one of the most significant factors of succeeding: emotional support. without the support of friends and family, sobriety can be extremely challenging to achieve. In today’s blog post, the team at Sexual Addiction Treatment Services is going to touch on a few of the reasons that having a strong emotional support team as you work towards sobriety is so important. Let’s get started.

Challenging Times

Achieving sobriety isn’t something that happens overnight. In fact, as many of you may know, it takes quite a bit of time to truly feel free of your addiction. And the reality is, many of us never feel free. Because of that, it’s important that you have a strong team of support that is always behind you, rooting for you to succeed. It’s this team that will get you through the hard times ahead, that will be a shoulder to cry on after a long day, and that will answer the phone when you come across the temptation or trigger.

Accountability

As we just finished saying, working on sobriety isn’t easy. There are many challenges you are going to come across that may make you want to go back to your old ways and bad habits. You know that the sobriety you’re working towards is what you deserve and need to continue living a healthy and happy life, and a strong support system knows that just as well. If you need someone to keep you accountable — which let’s face it, who doesn’t? — then you need to make sure that you’re expressing your goals and concerns openly with those who are supporting you the most. So, while it may feel difficult to be vulnerable with your friends and family about something as serious as your sex addiction, you’ll be thankful that you did when they’re there in the times that you need them the most.

Avoid Anxiety and Depression 

Even the toughest of people can suffer from anxiety and depression when dealing with addiction. It doesn’t matter how tough you think you are, there are demons that you’re going to face during this process and you definitely don’t want to do that alone. One of the best ways to make sure that you don’t find yourself in a deep dark hole of depression throughout this process is by ensuring that you have a group of close friends and family to turn to when things get tough. 

As we just finished saying, depression is extremely common for those with addictions — especially when working towards sobriety. It’s something that will happen when triggers and temptations are encountered, but also when successes and failures happen. Unfortunately, these are things many addicts will come across on their road to healing. 

If you truly are ready to achieve sobriety, you need to make sure that you have a team that is going to be there when you get in the tough and scary places. Believe us, it will truly make a world of difference.

Avoid Temptations

Temptations and triggers are everywhere for addicts, including sex addicts. From the advertisements in the mall to those lonely moments at home, there are a lot of times where you will be tempted by the environment around you. These times will certainly be tricky, given that it isn’t easy to avoid the entire world. 

One of the very best things that you can do is surround yourself with people that know the struggle that you’re going through and the work that you’re putting in. By having a group of people that understand the challenges that you are facing, you can better avoid the temptations that trigger your addiction. Whether that means having a friend that stays home and plays board games with you over going out to the club, or someone that simply talks you down when you’re feeling tempted, a support group is extremely valuable in these instances.

Start Treatment Today

Sex addiction is serious and drastically changes the way that you live your day-to-day life. If you are ready to seek sobriety and find a freedom from this addiction, contact Sexual Addiction Treatment Services today. We have been fortunate enough to work with many people in the Plymouth area on achieving the sobriety that they deserve. Take a minute to browse the variety of specialty treatments that we offer, and reach out to us to get started. Let our team be the ones that guide you and assist you to the life that you’re ready to live.