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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
What is a Relapse?
According to Mirriam-Webster.com:
Relapse: -The return of an illness after a period of improvement
- a return to bad behavior that you had stopped doing
A relapse in a sexual addiction would then be that the addict slipped back into his associated behavior. Looked at Pornography, acted out, etc. etc. etc.
I talked for a moment the other day about how pornography addicts have an arsenal of drugs in their brain because the pornographic pictures are just stored there. So, in all reality, a pornography addict can slip back into his addictive behavior without ever re-looking at pornography. Because it's all right there in their brain.
The power of thinking, right? Our brains are such powerful tools that can either lift us up or become part of our destruction. It's incredible how dangerous un-checked thoughts can be.
That is part of why I think that pornography addicts should go to a therapist (one that specializes specifically in pornography and sexual addictions) for help. Working through such an at-your-finger-tips addiction needs a high level of help! It can be done! People do work through it and come out stronger in the end. On the flip side, some people don't. They don't work through it and can slip further down in the addiction.