Sex and Love: Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery

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5
Long-Term Treatment and Recovery

Chapter 4 emphasized the tasks involved in short-term recovery from sex and love addiction. The primary focus was on establishing initial sobriety, identifying and applying personal bottom lines, learning about triggers for acting out, and developing awareness about the recovery program and possible roadblocks. Areas like honesty and secrecy, feelings like fear and depression, defenses like denial and anger, hang-ups like guilt and self-pity, problems like shame and abuse, and difficulties like resentment and loneliness were reviewed, with the hope that recovering sex and love addicts, along with professionals and people who care about them, can use these ideas, suggestions, and warnings to develop a workable sobriety program for the first 6 to 12 months.

Chapter 5 will examine what happens next. Long-term recovery and treatment issues are different from early recovery and treatment concerns. Short- term recovery involves building a foundation for the life that will follow. If the foundation is rushed or poorly constructed, then eventually the whole building will collapse, and the sex and love addict will be plunged back into an active phase of addiction. Long-term recovery and treatment concerns creating a life after sobriety has been firmly established. For some addicts, this will be a concern in the latter half of the first year; however, this is rather unusual, and most often involves addicts who come into sex and love addiction recovery with experience in another Twelve Step Fellowship like Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, or Gamblers Anonymous. In most cases, the issues examined in this chapter will not arise for the recovering sex and love addict for at least a year, and

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • 1 - Introduction 1
  • 2 - What is a Sex and Love Addiction? 5
  • 3 - The Disease Concept of Addictions 39
  • 4 - Short-Term Treatment and Recovery 89
  • 5 - Long-Term Treatment and Recovery 157
  • Bibliography 211
  • Index 213
  • About the Author 219
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