The 7 Pillars of of Sex Addiction Treatment: No 4. Mindfulness

To a large degree, mindfulness is the key to recovery from sex addiction.  In particular, developing the practice of identifying one’s prominent emotional triggers to acting out can make the difference between maintaining abstinence and yet another agonizing slip or relapse.

Basic principles of Mindfulness:

  • developing emotional awareness (what am I feeling in this moment?)
  • distress tolerance/affect regulation
  • ’learning to stay’ with difficult feelings, especially shame, loneliness, failure, etc,
  • stress management skills

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