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The Cost of Recovery

by on Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Addicts can spend months, years, sometimes decades, living in the throws of their addictions. The addiction can often live unnoticed for awhile even while the addict’s life is being torn apart by the addiction. Years of conditioning has taught the addict how to live a seemingly normal lives, while gaining “rewards” of their addictions.

The amount of time that a person spends in their addiction can be shocking, especially to the addict. The time spent acting out, preparing for a sexual encounter, the lies to cover up their actions, the frustration when plans go awry, etc, quickly adds up over time. The addiction infiltrates every aspect of one’s life without the addict ever being aware of the invasion. The addict has spent multiple types of currency on their addiction: time, money, emotional energy, friendships, sleep, creativity.

Cost of Recovery: Is It Worth the Effort?

Many of my clients are overwhelmed by the amount of currency asked to spend towards recovery. But is this truly a surprise? The art of secrecy, manipulation, etc, has been mastered for years to produce the fertile soil for addiction to thrive. Years spent mastering addictive lifestyles are not thwarted by feeble attempts to change. Time, money, emotional energy, friendships, creativity, ingenuity, and more must be spent to achieve true recovery, this is the cost of recovery.

Just as one’s addiction thrived with the right conditions, the recovery of a healthy, happy life can thrive with the right conditions and with the right amount of lifestyle currency. The question often becomes: is recovery worth the cost? Does the result warrant the currency spent? Through my own sexual addiction recovery, I can say a resounding yes! It was worth every book read, hour in a 12-Step meeting, every dollar on therapy, the emotional energy poured into workbooks and journals, and the every other step that it took to get to this point. Recovery was the most difficult and costly experience of my life, and I’d travel the same journey again.

About Kyle Beard

Chris Simon founded Restorations Therapy Center to help those struggling with sexual addiction to discover health and wholeness for themselves as well as for their marriage and family. The havoc addiction brings is not compartmentalized to one area of life, but influences marriage, family, work, friendship and more. Chris experienced the turmoil of addiction in his own life. Through his own recovery journey, he strives to help others in the throes of addiction to experience the freedom and joy he lives today. Chris received in Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health, working solely with individuals struggling with sexual addiction his entire career. He trained under Dr. Tom Olschner, a psychologist working with sexual addictions for over thirty years, gaining a breadth of experience and knowledge from a renown therapist. A Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) is the only certification in existence for sexual addiction recovery, which Chris has pursued with fervor. You can contact Chris via email at or telephone at (720) 446-6585

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