In his groundbreaking book, Unwanted, Dr. Jay Stringer writes, “The more an individual acts out, the more likely he is to deprive himself of meaningful relationships and self-care because he will not feel as if he deserves that.”
But this cycle must stop. God is clear: “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8).
You need people and people need you. If you are struggling to maintain meaningful relationships, you might benefit from a few of the relationship tips offered by John Rampton, with the Entrepreneur Leadership Network.
Be happy with yourself.
Learn to listen.
Find common interests.
Recovery Step: You are not wired to do life – let alone recovery – on your own. Take the steps necessary to build meaningful relationships.
Mark and Beth Denison, married for 36 years, launched There’s Still Hope as a national movement to call men and women into lives of sexual integrity. Their ministry offers 90-day recovery plans for addicts and one-on-one and group coaching for addicts and their spouses. TSH also produces resources for pastors and churches to confront the porn epidemic that is destroying so many lives.
Dr. Denison was a senior pastor for over 30 years, NBA chaplain, and board chairman at Houston Baptist University three times. With a Master’s Degree in Addiction Recovery, Mark is a certified PSAP and active member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.
Mark has written four books on recovery: Porn in the Pew, 365 Days to Sexual Integrity, A 90-Day Recovery Guide, and 40 Days to Porn-Free Living. His latest book, Jesus on the 12 Steps, will be released later this year.