It's Important to Talk about Sexual Relationships (03:21)
Most people are raised without guidance on choosing partners. Sex is a normal part of life and should not be considered taboo, but there are few models for mature discussions. Hear ways to bring up the topic.
Characteristics of a Healthy Relationship (08:32)
Individuals should know what they want and do not want from a relationship. Relationships should be mutually supportive and respectful. People should know themselves and their values in order to set boundaries and improve self-worth. Without communication, small irritations corrode relationships.
Characteristics of a Healthy Sexual Relationship (06:06)
Sex within a relationship has ups and downs. Partners should communicate their values and what they hope for. Having sex early on relationships can cloud perspective about potential partners.
Emotional Issues in Relationships (06:17)
It is important to establish connection and belonging in a relationship rather than using sex to fill a void. Without self-worth, we create "masks" that lead to unmet expectations and relationship failure. Hear why changing within a relationship is difficult.
Sexual Issues in Relationships (05:38)
Hear why people may have distorted views of sexuality. Men often see sex as an expression of love; women often need an emotional connection to have sex. Learn about bridging the gap between partners with varying sexual energies and desires.
Specific Issues—Body Concerns (03:19)
The media can cause people to have distorted body images and unrealistic ideas about sexual relationships. It is important to be aware of one's body image, communicate with partners, and accept one's body.
Specific Issues—Pornography (04:07)
Both men and women use pornography to meet sexual needs. It can become addicting and can create unrealistic expectations for relationships. It is important for people to communicate their concerns about overuse or unhealthy use.
Specific Issues—Online Dating (02:44)
People can go into online dating with different expectations or motivations. Sex is often used as a coping mechanism. Online profiles can become masks that hide true nature.
Specific Issues—Infidelity (05:09)
It is important to speak with a therapist to determine the motivation for having sex outside a relationship. It is possible to heal and continue the relationship if both partners agree. Regrets about past sexual experiences can interfere with functioning.
What is Relationship Abuse? (13:17)
Domestic violence is about power and control. People may not recognize emotional, sexual or social abuse. Hear signs of unhealthy relationships and learn about disassociation and gaining objectivity. Friends often predict abusive relationships. People can make conscious choices to change across generations.
What is the Impact of Relationship Abuse? (02:59)
People that have experienced sexual violence commonly avoid sex. Partners should know they will have anxiety and depression and join them in therapy. Intensive therapy will help them learn to trust again and regain a sense of control over their lives.
What Can You Do if You Are in an Abusive Relationship? (07:25)
Positive aspects of relationships make them difficult to leave. Healthy relationships prioritize respect, freedom, and boundaries; no one deserves abuse. People must decide whether to continue the relationship and seek external help. Talking about trauma helps people gain control over it.
How Does Addiction Affect Sexual Relationships? (07:26)
People using chemicals may have low self-worth and engage in high risk behavior. Recovery programs teach people to function in life but may not treat underlying emotional conditions. Learn about survival versus change behaviors as they apply to sexual relationships.
Common Relationship Concerns in Recovery (09:43)
People with trauma, abuse or neglect are sensitive to how people communicate with them; partners can be aware of their past and respond accordingly. People in recovery should learn not to project unhealthy aspects of past relationships onto current ones. Learn about the "13th" step and the importance of sponsors.
Dating in Recovery (05:49)
People in early recovery may want to refrain from making relationship decisions, including entering into a new relationship. It takes over a year of sobriety for the prefrontal cortex to regain full function.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (04:33)
Learn about prevention and treatment of herpes, HSV, HPV, HIV, hepatitis, and chlamydia. The Gardasil vaccine protects against four types of HPV.
Birth Control and Contraceptives (03:13)
Implants or IUDs are more effective methods than pills or sterilization. Learn about the NuvaRing, Depo-Provera shot, and condoms.
Credits: Healthy Sexual Relationships in Recovery (00:46)
Credits: Healthy Sexual Relationships in Recovery
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