Awakening Your Sexuality: A Guide for Recovering Women by Stephanie S. Covington

By Stephanie S. Covington

Probably the most missed concerns for girls in restoration from dependancy and trauma is sexuality. With candor and compassion, Dr. Covington reminds readers that restoration "is approximately residing existence absolutely and fully, and sexual restoration is fundamental to the fullness of your life." Awakening Your Sexuality supplies girls the instruments to method their sexual histories, comprehend their sexual selves, and create the satisfying sexual lives they wish. sincere, delicate case reports and suitable workouts offer light, step by step suggestions to aid girls confront guilt, disgrace, and habit; observe their physique pictures and behavioral styles; honor and settle for their pasts; and start the releasing trip of sexual restoration and development.

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I knew we'd had sex, but God knows what I'd said or done. " Danielle connected these experiences with her earlier alcoholic blackouts, and she knew she was in trouble. But it wasn't only the blacking out that bothered herit was also the accumulation of emptiness and isolation she felt, and how she found herself behaving. While Danielle is able to feel physically gratified in sobriety, sex leaves her emotionally empty. She's not sure what's missing. In an attempt to fill the void, she avidly reads women's magazines to learn how to get a man, how to please a man, how to be sexually fulfilling and fulfilled.

I hope this book will suggest connections for you, highlighting aspects of your own life and opening up entirely new levels of understanding. Awakening to your sexuality does not mean that you are Sleeping Beauty waiting for the Prince's kiss. That is society's dream: it is a fairy tale, and it will never happen. The process of becoming aware is something you choose to begin because you are ready to experience the fullness of life. It happens to you when you decide you are ready. That time can be now.

Have you ever really stopped and honestly examined your beliefs or assumptions about what you need and what you want? How does your body really look? What do you know about how your genitals look and feel? What is your range of sexual response? Many women, especially women who have been chemically dependent, have not explored their beliefs and assumptions about their bodies, their sexual activities, their erotic urges, and their capacity for pleasure. Certainly it is tempting to remain in the seemingly safe state of ''blissful" ignorance.

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