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Love Addiction

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Symptoms of Love Addiction

  • Love addicts may confuse intense romance with ‘true’ love.
  • Love addicts may confuse intense sexual experiences with love.
  • Love addicts my feel unworthy when not in a relationship.
  • Love addicts may confuse ‘first sight’ attraction with love.
  • Love addicts may feel compelled to please their partner, even to cost of dismissing their own needs.
  • Love addicts may be terrified to see their partner unhappy due to a crippling fear of abandonment.

FALLING IN LOVE

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 biological brain state of heightened neurotransmitters and is destined to wane after several months.  At this point, a relationship may have established with both partners entering into a long-term interrelating commitment while retaining their sense of self and individuality.

WHAT IS LOVE ADDICTION DISORDER

Love addiction, in contrast, is a pathological attachment to 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, to a cost of 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 partner and are unable to leave their toxic relationship. 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.

SYMPTOMS OF LOVE ADDICTION

Love addiction may develop upon childhood neglect and/or childhood love deprivation. In later life, the addict finds relief in compensating their unfulfilled love hunger with love-fantasy and real-life love partners.

Love addiction presents in cycles of highs and withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms occur upon a loss, or a perceived loss of love. Symptoms are often severe and may occur as intense feelings of rejection, abandonment, loneliness, despair, hopelessness, extreme anger, intense love cravings, crippling feelings of worthlessness, emerging depression, and in the extreme, homicidal or suicidal thoughts or actions.

Because love addicts are exposed to considerable risk of filling an almost bottomless need for love in their own lives, they are less able to assess their partner’s motivation for relationship.

Love addicts experience sharp brain highs from love fantasy or falling in love. They are unable to separate their love fantasy from their partner’s reality and subsequently experience painful disappointments.

The pain of disappointment may be too severe to bare, and demands relief. As such, a love addict may blame and devalue their partner just as quickly as they have fallen in love with them, and may hastily fill the gap with pursuing passion with a new or former lover, or at least creating a fantasy bond with imagined love.

Love addicts are not primarily concerned with sex, but tend to act out sex to please their partner’s sexual expectations as a means to bonding. Love addicts are at risk of lacking judgement of how much sex they should give, and may become victims of sexual exploitation.

DEVELOPMENT OF LOVE ADDICTION

Love addiction predisposition may origin from childhood, where a child’s innate needs for secure love and safe attachment to their parents or carers are dysfunctional. Secure love attachment is essential for sound physical, psychological, and emotional development in all humans. Developed love addiction can be understood as love deprivation in early life, and as childlike unconscious attempts for unconditional love filling in later life.

LOVE & RELATIONSHIP ADDICTION TREATMENT

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

For information regarding our love and relationship addiction treatment and booking confidential consultations, please call Heide at (+61) 02 9380 4486 or email at  info@sexaddictionaustralia.com.au today!