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Love addiction is a disorder that causes someone to become overwhelmingly dependent on another person or relationship. It can involve constantly seeking out new romantic relationships, displaying intense neediness or possessiveness, and using the other person as an emotional crutch.
- Childhood trauma, like a lack of affection and neglect in childhood
- Physical or emotional abuse
- Low self-esteem
- You have addictive personality traits
- Unresolved emotional challenges and problematic feelings
- Social norms
- Need constant reassurance from romantic partners
- Intense romantic love
- Reward seeking behavior
- Always seeking romantic love
- Feeling constantly anxious or insecure when not with the other person
- Being unable to focus on anything else besides your love interest
- Always wanting to please the other person and change yourself accordingly
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Psychodynamic therapy
- Group therapy or support groups
- Mood stabilizers
- You may also find yourself in unhealthy and co-dependent relationships that are based on neediness, manipulation, and control
- Feelings of loneliness, isolation, and depression
- Jealousy and possessiveness
- You neglect your friends and family
- Unrealistic expectations
- Lead to obsessive-compulsive disorder
- It can lead to anxiety and depression
Love is a strong feeling that can make people happy. But if it gets too intense, it can turn into an addiction. This kind of addiction is a big problem. It can hurt the body, feelings, and mind. It can also lead to bad relationships and drug abuse.
In this blog, we'll talk about why love addiction happens, the bad effects, and how to treat it.
Love addiction makes a person rely too much on someone else or a relationship. They always want new love partners, act very needy, and use others for emotional support.
This addiction is a type of codependency. It causes problems everywhere in life, such as toxic or abusive relationships and unhealthy behaviors. Love addictions are a form of behavioral addiction. 
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Self-help can help, but many times, you need a professional to deal with love addiction. Therapists give special advice and support based on your needs. In this part, we'll talk about different ways therapists can help and why professional help is good for beating love addiction.
David, 46, is recovering from sex and love addiction. He tried to take his own life 20 months ago because of the stress from living a double life. At first, he thought sex addiction was his main problem. But after getting sober, he saw that love addiction was the real issue. David expected too much from his partners and made them his whole world. When they didn’t meet his expectations, he felt angry and turned to sex addiction.
David didn’t have a bad childhood, but he always felt he wasn’t good enough. He tried to be who his dad wanted him to be. His dad, a tough rugby player, wanted something different than what David, a sensitive boy who loved poetry, was. David wanted his dad’s approval. This, and a twisted view of relationships, led to his love addiction. He learned early not to trust his feelings and thought they were wrong. So, he hid his feelings and replaced sadness with anger. This kept the cycle of bad relationships going.
Patric, addicted to sex, love, and fantasy, was stuck in a harmful cycle after breaking up with her ex. She couldn't stop thinking about her ex with someone new and would wake up shaking. Even though she had been sober from alcohol and drugs for 6 years, the pain and loneliness from the breakup made her think about suicide.
To try to feel better, Patric watched pornography every day and visited prostitutes. But this only helped for a short time. She would end up feeling lost again, missing her ex and using sex to try to forget the pain. She felt stuck and couldn’t escape her sadness. When she hit rock bottom, she found SLAA and started to understand her addiction and its control over her.
A woman in Madrid is 50 days into recovering from sex and love addiction. There are no SLAA meetings in her city, so she talks on the phone with her SLAA sponsor from another part of Spain. She works hard on her recovery every day. But sometimes, she doubts if she can regain her self-respect and connect with herself and her Higher Power. The emotional shifts she's going through affect her body. She feels like she's not seen, feels unattractive, and unworthy.
Even with these struggles, she’s set on not going back to her old painful life where she felt so bad, she wanted to die. Talking to other women who are also recovering gives her hope. Hearing their stories of finding answers helps her keep going on her path to healing and learning about herself. 
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Love addiction can hurt your well-being and stop you from having good relationships. If you're dealing with this, seeing a therapist can be key to learning how to have healthier relationships. Taking care of and loving yourself is also vital. It can help you build and keep positive relationships later on.
We invite you to add your voice below and share your thoughts and experiences with love addiction. Your words can help and encourage others going through the same issues.
Common signs include obsessive thoughts about a partner, an inability to focus on other aspects of life, a need for frequent validation from your partner, and strong feelings of jealousy or possessiveness. If you relate to any of these signs, it’s important to seek professional help.
Start with small steps to healthier habits like sleeping enough, eating healthy food often, and regular exercise. Know the triggers that could make you fall back into old habits. Also, reward yourself when you make progress in getting better.
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