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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.
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.
Sexaholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover. Find Out More Need Help? Has sex with self or with someone other than your spouse become destructive? Are you hooked and cannot stop?
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.
Sex and love are depicted everywhere in American society—from pop culture to pornography, stimulating material is almost unavoidable. Television, movies, and advertisements invade your life from all directions with depictions of nudity, explicit sex acts, and unrealistic love stories. And the internet has made sexual material accessible with a click or a tap.
Love and relationship addicts often feel their life has no purpose or meaning if they are not in love, or in a relationship. Being in a relationship is what makes life worth living. These individuals may constantly seek out relationships that are unhealthy for them.
Love addiction is a condition in which a person becomes dependent on the feeling of being in love. The International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals estimates that 3 to 6 percent of all people suffer from some type of sexual dependency. The treatment for love addiction is generally similar to that used for other forms of addictive behavior such as alcoholism, among which are meetings, support groups, and other forms of professional treatment e.
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