I think there's a great misunderstanding in world religions,
We are called to deny God's orders.
God's orders come in the form of emotions, thoughts and physical sensations.
We label some of those emotions and thoughts as malevolent and to some degree its true, these sins appear to be harmful. Seemingly leading to addiction, but it is not constant use that drive addiction, it is the environmental stressors. Still, even if a person does become addicted to self-indulgence, they have infinite amount of time to figure it out, since they are a soul and not a physical body, incarnating multiple times on the physical plane until they learn to live with the desires of the physical body and abide by the physical laws of physics.
However, by repressing desires and thoughts and labelling them as 'non-self'- demonic those desires come to rule our subconscious, flowing into every little action we do, feeding into a latent hatred over people who do indulge in these desires: subconscious desires therefore, block us from truly being Christ-like , which is the supposed goal, of the Church.
I'm going to go forwards saying that we need to sin in order to learn. Just like the prodigal son has had enough with rolling in mud, digressing from his true nature.
We need to accept the fact that sins need to be explored fully in order for us to be desentesized towards them, in order to familiarize ourselves from them and recognize them as a part of the human experience.
We need to get to know sin to such an extent, that the attractive force of it's 'forbidden' nature is utterly and fully diminished. When we do that, we metaphorically, recognize the demon within us,
we see the desire in its entirety, when we have been fully satiated and experienced every inch the desire has given us, we come to terms with it being part of our human nature, we no longer demonize it.
We offer love and sustenance to it, as a part of ourselves and there's nothing more powerful to expell demons, that the power of love, the knowledge of self.
Over time after fully indulging in that sin, we see that it rarely occurs to us and even if it does, we have no complex in bringing up what we have learned and/or re-indulging; It will still have no power over us.
We get free by desentesizing ourselves to the offers of mortal life.
Every inch of my body, every cell and crevice knows the fruits of that sin and therefore, I have overcome it, I have fully submerged myself and learned to float. There is no complex anymore, it's me.
Meanwhile, repressing the self through justifications of 'my religion/friend/family has told me NOT to do that thing' does nothing, the desire will always pop up into our minds, no matter how hard we try,
why? Because we need to experience it, to learn from it. Although demons never intended to do so, they become teachers, much like everything else in this existence, it's all God.
I have tried the path of repression for years, any progress i made was seemingly short-lived. The desires persist, I cannot outrun my own Path.
The difference in the approach of self-repression to self-indulgence is the time it take for insights to take root:
When you use your mind to rule over matter, saying with will, I will not do 'X', the success is immediately there, but, it will not continue to be in the longer term: the desires will continue to pester the person.
When you use your mind to say, my body knows better, let it and me experience what it wants me to experience, the desire is sated and the whole body will know if it was worth it: indulging takes time but once a person sees the fruits of desire, the desire ceases for the long-term, so do all the complexes;
Allowing someone to show compassion and love to another perosn who undergoes a similar lesson in sin.
I think we have forgotten what Faith means: It means following the Divine Orders knowing that they are the best for you, even if YOU believe they are not. We have been indoctrinated in not believing that EVERYTHING HERE IS LITERALLY GOD and therefore have ceased to have faith in God.
We are all guilty of faithlessness aren't we? We do not indulge in all of our desires, sometimes not even the strongest of our desires, but if those desires and thoughts are there, they are there for a reason: for you to learn from them. Follow them and you follow God, once you have eaten all the fruits of 'Sin', nothing will satisfy you. That's when you achieve the final Fruition, enlightenment.
The completion of the wheel of desire, does not come about only through will, observation and preserverence, sensetionalism is of utmost importance because it is above logic; communicated even in the language of our cells. This is how we get free, this is also why the chakra system is associated with the overcoming of certain sins, it all follows a progression, fill those empty spots with your love, prescence and acceptance, since you have understood they are part of the physical 'you', a 'you' that you have to trust that it knows what's best for you.