If you’ve struggled with it in the past, then you already know how hard it can be to overcome porn. You may have stopped using only to discover that your life still seems to be out of balance. Many in recovery think that when life gets better they will have the time, energy or motivation to get their life back in order. The opposite is true. A balanced life in recovery does not come from having the time or energy for it. It comes from following through on the healthy behaviors of healthy living.
An unbalanced life frequently drives addicts back to their addiction. That’s why it’s so crucial to replace the unwanted behavior with a new lifestyle. Some people think the only thing you can replace an addiction with is another addiction. That is not what we are talking about when we say “replace the addiction with a new way of life or a new lifestyle.”
In a healthy lifestyle, we encourage behaviors and activities that become a way of life, not to replace the chemicals of addiction. These behaviors and activities should include things like excitement, relaxation, creativity, and time for reflection. Working on living a new lifestyle will help you in the long haul in living a sober life. So whether it’s a personal project, a craft idea you want to try, or just discovering a new passion, to quit porn effectively you’ll need to explore activities and implement the ones that work for you into your new lifestyle.
Here are 7 ideas to help you get started.