Dear Reuniting Community,
I'm new, just found this website last week. I'm currently on day 7 right now of abstinence from orgasm, and already am feeling more energy and higher self-confidence around women. I've had several periods over the last year where I went for a week to two weeks without masturbating, but I always then revert back to daily or nearly daily masturation.
I have been in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction for three years now, and thus have a good bit of experience analyzing my own addictive behaviors. Since I got sober from drugs and alcohol, I have also realizd that I am addicted to sugar, comfort eating, and orgasm/masturbation. The key to my recovery from drugs and alcohol has been complete abstinence from them, as it's the first drink or drug that will eventually lead me back to habitual, compulsive use.
I've seen this pattern time and time again with trying to abstain from masturbation. I do well for a period if I am dedicated, but as soon as I decide to masturbate again, the next day I do as well, and then the next day, and the daily masturbation cycle has started all over again. So although I know this site has stated several times that complete abstinence is not necessarly the goal, I feel that in my case it's the only thing that is going to work. Has anyone else come to this conclusion? Moderation just seems completely out of my grasp.