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Couples should focus, first, on sharing time and feelings together before jumping back into bed and into their old, unstable, erratic sex life. The goal here is to help ease fears that sexual feelings are abnormal or strange.
It is important to take the time to really learn (or re-learn) what one likes, sexually.
And, likewise, must also talk openly talk about his/her sex life. Avoiding sex may leave an individual poorly prepared to cultivate relationships that don’t revolve around, for example, singles bars and drinking, causing an addict to lose that hard-earned sobriety within months or weeks.
Unless treatment addresses both the dependency and sexuality, recovering addicts risk relapse with every close romantic encounter.
Though, as a society, we are not trained to talk openly and honestly about sex. If only pleasure were such an easy thing for us to comprehend.
Only then are they ready for new relationships, or of rekindling an old one. A recovering addict also needs to move slowly, whether in a new or old relationship.
In treatment we learn that preserving sobriety involves more than merely reshaping the habits of drug or chemical use, it also requires throwing away stereotypes and reshaping old attitudes that have been hammered in over the years.
In treatment the addict learns to start taking care of his/her own needs.
When an alcoholic or drug addict goes through recovery, it is possible that sex is at the core; however, it is one topic that often gets neglected.
Much of recovery is spent addressing the relationships, which affected and were affected by the addiction, coming to terms with our addictions and understanding ourselves in relation to our higher spirit.