Sexual Addiction

Exploring the Issue of Sexual Addiction

Our lust often begins as an overpowering desire for pleasurable relief. We may be running from an inner pain, loneliness, emptiness, or an insecurity, and find that sex is the best way to cope. Lust, pornography, sex with ourselves or with others can briefly dissolve tension. It can momentarily relieve depression, resolve conflict, and even provide the means to escape from or deal with life’s seemingly unbearable situations.

However, that pleasure often brings with it more tension, depression, rage, guilt, and even physical distress. The cycle continues as we try to relieve this new pain, leading to more sex, pornography and lust. We live in denial in order to avoid recognizing just how much our addiction controls our life. As we continue in our self destructive behaviors, sexual addiction jeopardizes our relationships, health, jobs, morals and values. Ultimately, sexual addiction takes the place of God in our lives as a coping mechanism to deal with life’s hardships.

Characteristics of Someone Struggling with Sexual Addiction may include, but are not limited to:

  • Engaged in promiscuity and illicit relationships.
  • Engaged in sex with self, phone sex, cybersex, pornography, sex outside of marriage, hook ups
  • Living a double life
  • Jump from relationship to relationship
  • Always looking for the “perfect” relationship to fulfill wants
  • Use sexual acts as a way to cope or escape.
  • Pursuit of sex has harmed or destroyed your marriage relationship
  • Unable to limit or stop acting out
  • Cannot resist sexual images
  • Feel guilty after acting out
  • Legal issues from a sexual offense
  • Denies the sexual addiction is a problem
  • Escalating tolerance for high risk behavior

How We Find Recovery

Through a relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Higher Power, and by working the 8 recovery principles and the Christ-centered 12 steps, we can find freedom from our hurts, hang ups and habits.

Characteristics of Someone in Recovery for Sexual Addiction may include, but are not limited to:

  • Accept Jesus Christ as Higher Power
  • Working the 12 step recover process diligently and consistently.
  • Shifting our worship from our sexuality to God.
  • Finding healthy coping mechanisms for negative feelings, emotions, and circumstances.
  • Developing a healthy identity and positive self worth that comes from God, not our bodies or others.
  • Learning to love ourselves as God loves us, so knowing we are worth the work it takes for Him to heal us.
  • Emotionally connecting with God, self, and others, and developing safe relationships.
  • Not engaging in sex with self, phone sex, cybersex, pornography, or a sexual relationship outside of marriage.
  • Seeking a biblical definition of healthy sexuality.
  • Become willing to experience, grief, forgiveness, and acceptance.
  • Discerning the difference between physical “need” and “want”
  • Avoid cross over addictions; i.e. food/alcohol/drugs/codependency
  • Avoid people, places, and things that tempt us to act out.
  • In our recovery, we become willing to be used by God to bring hope to others with similar struggles.


Small Group Guidelines

  1. Keep your sharing focused on your own thoughts, feelings, and actions. Please limit your sharing to three to five minutes.
  2. There is NO cross-talk please. Cross-talk is when two people engage in a dialogue during the meeting. Each person sharing is free to express feelings without interruptions.
  3. We are here to support one another. We will not attempt to “fix” one another.
  4. Anonymity and confidentiality are basic requirements. What is shared in the group stays in the group. The only exception is when someone threatens to injure themselves or others.
  5. Offensive language has no place in a Christ-centered recovery group.

 

Accountability Team Phone Numbers

Sponsor____________________________________________

Accountability Partners

__________________________________________________

__________________________________________________

__________________________________________________

__________________________________________________

Adult Children of Family Dysfunction
Exploring the Issue of Adult Children of Family Dysfunction Did you grow up in a family or home where one or more of the caregivers struggled with addiction, compulsions, co-dependency or other ...
Read more
Anger
Exploring the Issue of Anger There is a plan and a purpose for anger in our lives. Anger is one of our 10 basic God-given emotions and there are constructive ways to deal with and express anger. For many of ...
Read more
Celebration Place
Welcome! While you are at Celebrate Recovery, Celebration Place is a place where your children can make new friends, share ideas, play games, sing songs, create crafts, and watch videos and movies. ...
Read more
Chemical Dependency
Exploring the Issue of Chemical Dependency Have you ever thought you have a problem with drinking alcohol or using drugs? If so, you may have tried to quit on your own and found that while you can ...
Read more
Co-Dependency
Exploring the Issue of Co-Dependency Co-dependency is when a person’s need for approval or validation from another person allows them to be controlled or manipulated, or a person who attempts to ...
Read more
Food and Body Image Issues
Exploring Food and Body Image Issues An unhealthy relationship with food and/or our bodies begins and continues for many different reasons. Food may be used as a coping mechanism to ease negative ...
Read more
Gambling Addiction
Exploring the issue of Gambling Addiction If, when you honestly want to, you find you cannot quit gambling entirely, or if you have little control over the amount you bet, you are probably a ...
Read more
Love and Relationship Addiction
Exploring the Issue of Love and Relationship Addiction For most women with unhealthy love and relationship addiction, we are dealing with depression, isolation, and a lack of trust. Unhealthy use of ...
Read more
Mental Health
What we are. A safe and loving place for those seeking to find support amid mental health issue and dual diagnosis. Willing to support mental health through Christ-centered accountability and...
Read more
Mixed Issues
Welcome to Celebrate Recovery! You may have come to our ministry because of a friend’s recommendation. Maybe you are here because you saw a flyer or heard an announcement here at our church. Regardless ...
Read more
Physical, Sexual and Emotional Abuse 12 Steps
STEP ONE - We admit we are powerless over the past, and as a result, our lives have become unmanageable.
Read more
Physical, Sexual and Emotional Abuse for Men
Exploring the Effects of Physical, Sexual and Emotional Abuse for Men RECOVERY IS A TWO FOLD PROCESS in this case. The first step is healing from the traumas done to us in our past, and the second ...
Read more
Physical, Sexual and Emotional Abuse for Women
Exploring the Effects of Physical, Sexual and Emotional Abuse RECOVERY IS A TWO FOLD PROCESS in this case. The first step is healing from the traumas done to us in our past, and the second step is ...
Read more
Service Opportunities
“Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the merciful Father, the God from whom all help come!? He helps us in all our troubles, so that we are able to help those who have...
Read more
Sexual Addiction
Exploring the Issue of Sexual Addiction Our lust often begins as an overpowering desire for pleasurable relief. We may be running from an inner pain, loneliness, emptiness, or an insecurity, and ...
Read more
The Landing
Welcome! The Landing is Celebrate Recovery’s student ministry geared towards Jr. High and High School students. The lessons and content we walk through in the Landing are designed to mirror the same ...
Read more
Welcome Home Veterans - Post-Traumatic Stress
Celebrate Recovery Welcome Home Groups are a safe place for veterans and their family to connect. Most military families miss the camaraderie that the military culture provides. This can be achieved...
Read more
Welcome Home Veterans - Military Sexual Trauma
Celebrate Recovery Welcome Home Groups are a safe place for veterans and their family to connect. Most military families miss the camaraderie that the military culture provides. This can be achieved...
Read more
Struggles - Welcome Home Veterans - Spouse and Family Transition
Celebrate Recovery Welcome Home Groups are a safe place for veterans and their family to connect. Most military families miss the camaraderie that the military culture provides. This can be achieved...
Read more