Are you aware of the connection between childhood emotional neglect (CEN) and sex addiction? In my recent interview with Dr Jonice Webb, author of Running On Empty: Overcome Your Childhood Emotional Neglect I explained how the two are closely linked. Learn about this extremely important and yet under-appreciated component of addiction and the ramifications for recovery in the newly published article
What No One Ever Told You About Sex Addiction.
If you are impacted by this article I encourage you to share it with others. If you struggle with CEN or sex addiction, there is hope. There is no time like the present to begin your recovery from life’s hurts.
–Forest Benedict, LMFT, SATP, Clinical Director of LifeSTAR of the Central Valley and author of Life After Lust. If you benefited from this article, please “follow” us on this blog and on Twitter, “like” us on Facebook, and SHARE this article and blog with others. Thank you!
Great interview, Forest. I’m so glad you are shining a light on the connection between Childhood Emotional Neglect and Sexual Addiction. So many don’t realize that the Bible (as you know) alludes to this as well. David’s life is a case study in this. What he did (and what every sexually compulsive person does) is still sin but it isn’t driven ONLY by sin in the heart. It’s also driven by PAIN in the heart. In this case the very real pain of unmet needs from the first 15 formative years of life. Thank you for your work brother.
Russell, thank you for sharing your wisdom on this topic! I would love to unpack this more regarding David. I have definitely experienced this in my own life. The longer I do this work the more I see how much pain plays a role in addiction and fantasy. I love hearing from you Russell!