Tips For Love Addiction Healing & Recovery

Love is a great blessing, but when you try to meet your need for love in unhealthy ways, you are at risk of love addiction. Recognizing the signs and breaking free of these harmful patterns is possible with the right support.

Love Addiction and Its Symptoms

Love addiction is a type of behavioral addiction triggered by the feeling of being “in love”. Love addiction is a lot like other addictions where a person obsessively and compulsively tries to relieve or medicate the deep pain in their life with feeling lovedIn fact, the feelings of a love addict are just as false as the high a drug addict feels. The intense physical feelings of euphoria you have when you’re in love produce effects similar to using addictive substances. Infatuation creates a high, which can crash or dissipate quickly. Someone addicted to love becomes fixated on chasing that feeling, so they develop an unhealthy focus on the object of their affection.

Have you experienced these symptoms of love addiction?

  • You think about the person you love constantly. You feel desperate for their time, attention, and approval.
  • You have an intense fear of neglect or abandonment, which you feel can only be satisfied by thinking about or being with this person.
  • You are focused exclusively on them – what they’re doing, how they’re feeling, where they are, how you can think about them again, when you can see them again, and so on.
  • You crave the feeling that you get when you think about them or spend time with them, with an intensity that you can feel physically, like hunger or thirst.
  • You forget or minimize the importance of self-care or neglect to take care of your own basic needs.
  • Not being with someone you love, or not being in love with someone, makes you feel physically ill or emotionally distraught.

While romantic love addiction is most common, you can also have intense cravings for attention and affection from familial or friend relationships. However it affects you, it is important to be aware of love addiction to avoid developing unhealthy relationship patterns.

The Consequences of Love Addiction

Love addiction is unhealthy because intense, passionate feelings of love naturally diminish and change to feelings of comfort and contentment as a relationship matures over time. Because a person with love addiction may interpret such natural changes as falling out of love, it may be difficult to stay in one relationship for long. This creates a cycle of highs and lows (euphoric love, decline of intense feelings, breakup, attempting to satisfy breakup grief with a new relationship, and repeating the cycle) that develops the addictive behavior.

Untreated addictions in relationships lead to unhealthy dependence on one another, which can develop into cycles of abuse or mistreatment, especially since the love addicted partner is exclusively focused on what the other person wants.

You can also develop other addictions if a given addiction is not acknowledged or treated. Depending on your relationship, you might run the risk of sex addiction, or becoming addicted to other substances or harmful behaviors.

Treating and Healing from Love Addiction

Love addiction treatment options are similar to treatment for other addictive behaviors:

  • Seeking out a support group or 12-Step-Program such as Celebrate Recovery
  • Seeing a therapist or counselor who is trained to treat love addiction.
  • Pursuing healthy friendships and activities, and distancing yourself from people or environments who encourage your addictive behavior.

TheHopeLine offers mentorship and live chat to help you find healing and begin love addiction recovery. Reach out to us any time for support without judgement, and begin your journey to freedom, peace, and true connection.

Want to learn more about love addiction? Explore our library of resources (ebooks, blogs, podcasts, and more) to find answers to questions like:

  • How Do I Find Contentment Being Single?
  • Can People Who Have Addiction Be in Healthy Relationships?
  • How Do I Deal With Shame From Past Relationship Mistakes or Sexual Behavior?

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How do you cure a love addiction?

Like any other addiction, love addiction is connected with mental health. It isn’t something you can “cure” like a cough or a sore throat. But you can still find true freedom and healing by admitting that you need help, and reaching out for support when you need it. Recovery groups can be a great resource to help you feel less isolated. Therapy is also an effective way to manage love addiction.

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