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SYMPTOMS OF LOVE ADDICTION

  • Love addicts may confuse intense romance with love.
  • Love addicts may confuse intense sexual experiences with love.
  • Love addicts may experience painful love cravings when not in a relationship.
  • Love addicts fall in love easily and tend to confuse first sight attraction with ‘true’ love.
  • Love addicts may feel compelled to please their partners, even to extreme costs of disowning their own needs.
  • Love addicts may misread toxic love and relationship abuse as true love and suffer fear of abandonment.
  • Love addicts may experience sudden and extreme anger outbursts when their partners are unable to meet their needs for love and attention.
  • Love addicts may rapidly cycle in and out of relationships.
  • Love addicts tend to idolize love and believe that love conquers everything.
  • Are you addicted to love? Do you give too much love? Do you fall in painful love with unsuitable or unavailable partners?

FALLING IN LOVE – THE HEALTHY LIMERENCE EXPERIENCE

Falling in love in its healthy form takes place between two individuals who feel attracted to one-another and may, after a period of dating, fall in love. This blissful time, also called honeymoon or scientifically limerence, is a temporary biological state of heightened neurotransmitters which is destined to wane after several weeks or months. A relationship may have established at this point with both partners entering into an interrelating commitment of sound emotional boundaries, while retaining their sense of self and individuality throughout their relationship.

WHAT IS LOVE ADDICTION IN CONTRAST

Love addiction in contrast is a problematic form of attachment, and is often influenced by intense limerence feelings without being able to create a true emotional intimacy balance. Love addicts tend to form obsessional attachment bonds of adoration, passion, romance, and blind love without boundaries while losing their sense of self and sight of their own needs. Some love addicts depend on love to a degree of tolerating abuse from their partners, and may be unable to leave their toxic relationships. Women and men can get addicted to love, however, love addiction presents as a predominantly female problem. Check your love addiction symptoms with our FREE love addiction self screening test.

BEHAVIOURS OF LOVE ADDICTION

Love addiction may develop upon childhood neglect and love deprivation. Love deprivation may develop into love addiction with affected individuals finding relief in compensating their unfulfilled love hunger with extensive romantic love-fantasy, and/or real-life partners.

Love addiction presents in cycles of highs and withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms occur upon loss, or perceived loss of love. Symptoms can be mild to severe and may present as intense feelings of painful rejection, fear of abandonment, unworthiness of love, low self esteem, loss of identity, confusion, despair, extreme anger, rage, intense love cravings, sadness, emerging depression, and, in the extreme, homicidal or suicidal thoughts, or actions.

Because love addicts are exposed to considerable risks of filling an almost bottomless need for love and acceptance in their own lives, their ability to accurately assess their partners motivation for relationship may be diminished. Love addicts may blur their own romantic expectations with their partner’s reality and needs, and may react excessively to emotional triggers of rejection or abandonment.

Painful disappointments may be too severe to beare. Love addicts tendencies include seeking, and finding, relief from their unbearable distress by dismissing, blaming, devaluing, and punishing their partner, or hastily trying to fill the love gap with pursuing new passion in thought or reality.

Love addicts are not primarily concerned with sex, but tend to act out sex to please their partners sexual demands as their means to securing love. Love addicts are at risk of lacking good judgement of how much sex they should give, and may become victims of sexual exploitation, or may seek safety in sexual withdrawal.

DEVELOPMENT OF LOVE ADDICTION

Love addiction precursors may develop in early childhood when safe attachment bonds of love and nurture, descending from parent or primary caregiver to child, were dysfunctional. Secure love attachment in early life is essential for healthy psycho-emotional development and stability in later life. Love addiction may be explained as compensation for deprived love needs, and filling the void of these needs with unrealistic love expectations.

LOVE & RELATIONSHIP ADDICTION TREATMENT

If you find yourself repeating a cycle of consuming love and painful rejection, you may be a love addict. Confidential private and specialised love addiction treatment and counselling offered by Sex Addiction Australia in Sydney and Online, can help you breaking the cycle of addiction, and creating healthy relationships.

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