To an outsider, love addiction may seem like a harmless problem. However, it is a force that can cause immeasurable emotional and psychological damage. Most love addictions stem from experiences and trauma early in life. Tracing the roots of love addiction can help you learn more about the individual and address the problem at its source. An absent parent or caretaker or a damaged relationship can lead to the following feelings:. These feelings of loss can accompany the child into other significant relationships.
Here's how to inoculate ourselves against negative ones. Verified by Psychology Today. Regular attendance at step meetings is a vital part of the treatment plan for sex and love addicts. Yet many addicts try to sidestep the 12 steps by telling themselves they're not like the people they meet in "those rooms. Generally, clients who utter these statements are scared about coming out of isolation and admitting that they have an addiction. They project their own shame around their compulsive behaviors and the problems they've created in their lives on to the regulars in the meetings. When I hear sex and love addict's distance themselves from those in the program, I pass on to them the conventional wisdom of trying at least six different meetings before they make a decision, since every meeting has its own personality and culture.
With as much media as drug and alcohol addiction receives, it can sometimes be eye-opening that recovery programs exist for dependence on activities instead of substances. These behavioral addictions can be just as dangerous as substance abuse. Sexual addiction impacts men and women, gay or straight. If you or a loved one has become addicted to sexual behavior, Sex Addicts Anonymous has a step recovery program that could help.