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 Post subject: The role of fantasy
PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 11:24 am 
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Forgive me if this has been addressed or is in any way inappropriate but I wondered what members think of the role of fantasy ?

I know many don't masturbate as part of recovery, and I'm not sure I could do that. I think there is a role for fantasy in healthy recovery.

I realise recovery is more than just abstention but I can't see that I can forswear fantasy and masturbation as well as porn

Maybe I'm kidding myself and looking for an out ?

I'm fairly early on in this programme so forgive me if there's material that addresses this later on, but this question feels urgent to me - maybe I need permission, which is probably not healthy.

Aargh ! Trying to be as honest as I can.

I'd love to know your thoughts.


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 Post subject: Re: The role of fantasy
PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:41 am 
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Hi Aztec,

Not inappropriate at all.

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I wondered what members think of the role of fantasy ?


Fantasy is indeed a part of addiction for some. Lesson 11 is the first of several lessons that explore the various forms of stimulation, compulsive behavior, and acting out. As you progress through the lessons, you'll see that some behaviors violate one's own (or someone else's) boundaries. This is often used as just one determinant of an unhealthy behavior. There is also a Fantasy Awareness worksheet that you may find helpful.

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I think there is a role for fantasy in healthy recovery.


Much later on in the lessons, fantasy and visualization are indeed used as a tool for continuing your path to health.

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Maybe I'm kidding myself and looking for an out ?


Only YOU know the answer to that...

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Aargh ! Trying to be as honest as I can.


Good! Keep going!


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 Post subject: Re: The role of fantasy
PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:38 am 
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Thanks , that's helpful


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