It is now coming up to two and a half years since I woke up and became willing to recover from sex and love addiction.
The journey at times has not been easy. Sometimes I had periods of two steps front and one back. Withdrawal, emotional upheaval, things not going well. These periods are now the exception rather than the rule. I am now experiencing more periods of joy, clarity and peacefulness. I am grateful to be on the recovery road.
I recently read again the SLAA Signs of Recovery. I am grateful to be experiencing at least some of them in my life. If you are on the recovery path or just starting, below you will find the SLAA Signs of Recovery. May your recovery journey be filled with these and much more:
- We seek to develop a daily relationship with a Higher Power, knowing that we are not alone in our efforts to heal ourselves from our addiction.
- We are willing to be vulnerable because the capacity to trust has been restored to us by our faith in a Higher Power.
- We surrender, one day at a time, our whole life strategy of, and our obsession with, the pursuit of romantic and sexual intrigue and emotional dependency.
- We learn to avoid situations that may put us at risk physically, morally, psychologically or spiritually.
- We learn to accept and love ourselves, to take responsibility for our own lives, and to take care of our own needs before involving ourselves with others.
- We become willing to ask for help, allowing ourselves to be vulnerable and learning to trust and accept others.
- We allow ourselves to work through the pain of our low self-esteem and our fears of abandonment and responsibility. We learn to feel comfortable in solitude.
- We begin to accept our imperfections and mistakes as part of being human, healing our shame and perfectionism while working on our character defects.
- We begin to substitute honesty for self-destructive ways of expressing emotions and feelings.
- We become honest in expressing who we are, developing true intimacy in our relationships with ourselves and others.
- We learn to value sex as a by-product of sharing, commitment, trust and cooperation in a partnership.
- We are restored to sanity, on a daily basis, by participating in the process of recovery