There are five primary triggers that make us want to act out. You can remember them with the acronym “B.L.A.S.T.” We tend to relapse when we are . . .
Let’s talk about that last one – tired. One of the worst things you can do that will put your recovery at risk is to stay up too late, not get enough sleep, and work too hard. Hear the words of Jesus. Better yet, respond to the words of Jesus: “Come to me, you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
Recovery Step: Practice good self-care. Get enough rest. Work on your spiritual connection. If you are tired, come to Jesus.
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.