How to Deal with the Withdrawal Symptoms of Sex Addiction?


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Addiction is far more severe than eating too many chocolates, especially sex addiction. Talking about sex addiction, your therapist might tell you that eventually, you will be able to engage in healthy sex. But, you should restrain yourself from indulging in sexual activities in the beginning stages of treatment as it may lead to withdrawal symptoms.

Dealing with these symptoms can be challenging for you. Therefore, we have listed some ways to ensure successful recovery from addiction.

Make your reasons clear to yourself- 

Sit down and think about why you chose to recover in the first place? What led you to the recovery journey? What did you lose during your addiction? What kind of relationships do you want? The idea is to clarify why you are on this path to recovery. You should be fully convinced by the drive to change and move forward. It’d also help to write these reasons in your diary or as a post-it note to yourself. Whenever you struggle with withdrawal, read it to remember why you are in this whenever you struggle with withdrawals.

Go outside and exercise- 

Withdrawal symptoms can lead to anxiety and nervous breakdowns. You may experience a lack of energy, thus not wanting to do anything. You should go outside and exercise to boost endorphins and improve your mood naturally. It will also help you relieve stress and sleep better. Regular exercising will reduce your cravings for sex while recovering from addiction.

Set Boundaries-

Addiction might crumble your previously established boundaries or may weaken them because of previous abuse or trauma. Therefore,   identify and set boundaries to stay healthy and safe. It may even require ending toxic relationships or avoiding places or things that trigger your addiction. You may also have to impose limitations on things that cause you unnecessary stress.

Develop your social circle- 

While battling your addiction, you will need support more than ever. However, do not expect to lean on just one person for support all of the time. Try to expand your social circle by meeting new people and attending several social gatherings. 

This way, you will always have someone to talk to, and the more people you have in your life, the busier you will be, leaving you very little time to think about your addiction.

Lean on your support system-

Addiction can deter several positive relationships in your life. Try to spend time with people who love you and have your best interests at heart. Enjoy simple things, like drinking coffee, going on walks, and cooking dinner with them. If you are struggling with withdrawal symptoms, share what you feel with others. 

Talk to a professional addiction specialist if you are afraid of relapse or unsure of who to turn to. They will help you determine positive coping mechanisms and guide you through the recovery journey. This support can contribute significantly to your recovery and help prevent unwanted relapses.

About Magnolia Ranch Recovery Addiction Treatment Center

It is essential to stay positive during drug addiction rehab to avoid relapses. At Magnolia Ranch Recovery, we offer premium addiction treatment services to our clients and assist them with their drug rehab program, along with mental health treatment for co-occurring disorders. Our team of trained therapists aims to provide supportive and compassionate care to those suffering from drug abuse. Our clients choose us for our personalized inpatient programs, residential treatment, and individually designed treatment options. For more information about us, contact us at 888-992-7955 or connect with us via email at You can also fill out our contact form to get a call back from us.

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Esra Ahmed - MS, NCC, LPC, MHSP

Experienced Clinical Director with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Skilled in Anger Management, Healthcare, Medicine, EMDR, and Life Transitions. Strong healthcare services professional with a Masters Degree focused in Psychology from The University of Memphis.

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