Time Off + Gifts + Shopping + Expectations + Family = The Need for Solid Recovery
For men and women who suffer from sex and/or love addiction, the holidays present the following dangerous combination:
- An increased number of emotionally challenging situations from which there can be a desire to “escape”
- Extra free time for slips and relapse (via time off from work or school)
- A culturally influenced background encouraging unrealistic expectations of “joy and happiness”
In essence, heightened emotions related to difficult family dynamics and numerous other factors make the season a more stressful than usual period, and this can feed into the chronic, progressive disease of addiction. Active addicts often experience escalation in this timeframe. Even addicts firmly grounded in recovery can revert to old patterns, especially if they stop attending their 12-step support groups, reaching out to supportive friends and family, and actively working their program of recovery.