Sexual Addiction for Men

Sexual Addiction for Men

The Problem

Our lust started as an overpowering desire for pleasurable relief from the

inner pain, emptiness or insecurity with which we could not cope. At first, it

worked. For a time, sex with ourselves or with others dissolved the tension,

relieved the depression, resolved the conflict, and provided the means to

deal with, or escape from, seemingly unbearable life situations.

Eventually, our quest for relief became an addiction, and the addiction took

on a life of its own. Pleasure and relief were gradually replaced with tension,

depression, rage, guilt, and even physical distress. To relieve this new pain,

we resorted to more sex and lust, losing more control in the process. We

were driven to spend more time thinking about and carrying out our

addiction, and lived in denial to avoid recognizing how much of our life our

addiction controlled.

Finally, our addiction came to take priority over everything: our ability to

work, live in the real world, relate with others and be close to God. What

started as the cure had become the sickness. The answer had become the

problem. We were hopelessly addicted to lust.

The Solution

A new loneliness overwhelmed us as we realized that we had become

increasingly separated from God and our loved ones. We began to seek

sobriety, and as we stayed sexually sober for some length of time, we

discovered that even though we were not acting out our compulsion, our

obsession was still with us.

We began to recognize the many disguises the enemy uses to trick us into

lusting. We leaned not to rely on our failed and weakened selves, but rather

to turn to God’s pure love and absolute power. With increased reliance on

God, we worked on recovery with altered attitudes and growing humility,

and we gained progressive victory over lust.

As we yielded to God, temptation began to lose its control over us. When

we admitted we were powerless and gave our lives and wills over to God, He

worked in us, and we began to enjoy a new balance in our lives. Leaning on

and learning from others in the program, we continued to walk in His

strength, gaining true freedom from lust and sin through obedience to Christ

our Lord.  (for more click here)

Celebrate Recovery

Revised 2004-08-21 Sex Problem Men-1

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