Summer is here and for many people, warmer weather signifies relaxing days at the beach or swimming pool, bathing suits, tank tops, shorts, and fun in the sun.
However, if you’re struggling with a sex addiction, summer can be a stressful and challenging time of year. Sex addicts may find it difficult to manage their addiction if they find themselves in situations that provoke behaviors they could easily manage during other months of the year. Summer clothing that exposed bare skin, alcohol-fueled parties and casual BBQs could easily set off a trigger for a recovering sex addict.
Often, summer is distinguished by a more casual atmosphere; truncated work days, vacations, and an increased number of social gatherings. For recovering sex addicts who rely on structure and routine to help manage their recovery, this relaxed approach and unexpected opportunities that emerge in their daily lives can cause unwelcome stress.
While most people relish their free time and a lack of restrictions on their day, these situations can test a sex addict’s resolution and create concern of a potential relapse. This stress may bring up feelings of guilt, shame, and poor self-esteem; this is why many sex addicts choose to increase their treatment program involvement or attendance at support groups/meetings.
At Gentle Path at The Meadows, we understand how important it is for sex addicts to talk about issues that may arise during the summer months. As part of the treatment process at Gentle Path, patients create an aftercare plan that outlines what they will do in triggering situations and the support system they will enlist for help when necessary. By preparing and recognizing that these threats to recovery do exist, the recovering sex addict can take positive steps and develop a healthy strategy to address potential issues or situations that arise.
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Every journey begins with one step. To learn more about Gentle Path at The Meadows or if you have an immediate need, please contact us at 855-333-6076.