How can you recognize an addiction? More directly, how can you recognize your addiction?
Jesus offered a really simple standard: “You shall know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:6).
So let me suggest three fruits of sex addiction. If these characterize your life, well, there’s your answer.
- Sex dominates your thought life.
- Your sexual activities cross lines you thought you’d never cross.
- Your sexual acts are followed by regret, depression, or shame.
Dr. Jerry Kennard writes, “A person does not have to engage in extreme or ‘strange’ sex to have an addiction. They will simply be unable to stop themselves despite the harm that they know may result from their behavior.”
If this sounds like you, you need help. The good news is that you probably already know that.
Recovery Step: What fruits are being produced by your life? If you think you may be a sex addict, you are. But the good news is there is hope and there is help – when you’re ready for it.