For Christians, talking about sex can be awkward, even when the subject is simply about what God intended it to be. So it’s not surprising that for most Christians, the idea of discussing sex addiction is downright terrifying. But these struggles do need to be discussed: With about 30% of the internet industry being pornography, access to pornography is arguably greater than ever. Currently, 17-18% of all men and women would say they struggle with an internet pornography addiction (and, of course, given the nature of such an addiction, it is likely that that percentage is much higher, with many others regularly visiting sites without claiming addiction). When someone struggles with an addiction to pornography or sex, it causes immeasurable pain and brokenness not just to themselves, but to their family as well.
On this episode, Lynn Marie Cherry shares her experience of being married to someone with an addiction to pornography–the feelings of betrayal, the battle to heal, and the joys of redemption. She details how for years addiction and denial played a role in her marriage–that is, until she reached the point of desiring lasting change. In a candid and honest conversation, Lynn Marie provides insight into the world of internet pornography addiction and describes the impact it has on spouses and families. As a writer and speaker, she now uses her experiences to help others in similar predicaments to heal.
Like all other addictions, pornography addiction is insidious and can impact any person, and by extension, any family, at any time. The questions, shame, guilt, and desperation for change can seem overwhelming. Although the consequences of an addiction to pornography are serious, and working through all the damage that it leaves behind is far from easy, redemption is attainable. With great vulnerability, Lynn Marie describes the pain on the road to recovery, the highs and lows of therapy, and the freedom of no longer being a victim. Among other things, she highlights that while forgiveness is vital, it is not something to be taken lightly, and it takes time.
Join me and Lynn Marie as we set aside the awkwardness of talking about sex and have a much-needed discussion about the nature of addiction and the healing that is available!
Highlights from Today’s Episode:
Internet porn addiction
Recovering from betrayal
Learning to forgive
Celebrating the victory of redemption
When betrayal happens, do not make a life decision for at least six months. -Lynn Marie Cherry
Dont’s delay recovery by choosing denial. – Lynn Marie Cherry
Sometimes the only way out…is through. -Chrystal Evans Hurst
Choose the pain that leads to the path of redemption. – Lynn Marie Cherry
Forgiveness is not pretending the load doesn’t exist, it’s handing it to God and letting Him worry about the weight of it. -Chrystal Evans Hurst
Resources From Today’s Show
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