In recovery from alcoholism, addiction or co-dependency sensuality and sexuality are just as important and necessary as other times in life.
Our sex-life changes as we age, but it doesn’t disappear! In fact, most mature people are sexually active and say that sex is important to them.
Our sexuality is not just what we do, or how often we do it.
Our sexuality includes how we think, how we feel and how we act.
It is a natural and important part of living and enjoying life. Our pattern of sexual activity does not change much with age. If you were sexually active in your younger years, or while drinking and drugging, you will probably continue to be sexually active as you grow older and recover – though health situations may change the way that you express your sexuality.
Most adults – at 50 and at 80 – are sexually active
Most adults – as they transition into their middle and late years – are sexually active. However, our approach to sex, like our approach to many other activities and passions, may change and mature as we grow older in sobriety.
On the one hand, our bodies are changing, or may be damaged during addiction or alcoholism, and may be a bit slower to react; on the other hand, we may have more time to give to ourselves and to our intimate relationships.
Plus we often have a wealth of experience to bring to our sex lives. Many older couples say they enjoy sex more now than they did when they were younger.
Understand it. Enjoy it
Of course, every person and every relationship is different. As you age and recover, you may encounter some challenges and delights that are specific to your own life and circumstances and others that are a very common part of the aging process.
Understanding how sexual responses change with aging can help you continue to enjoy a rich and satisfying sex-life.