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Love addiction is a real thing that can be just as destructive as other kinds of addictions. It’s not just about looking for a romantic partner; it can also show up in the need to make new friends all the time or in people who can’t get enough of their pets. As with other types of addiction, love addicts often turn to drugs or alcohol in order to self-medicate—and these unhealthy behaviours are one sign you might have an issue with love addiction yourself.


Love addiction is a real thing, and it’s not just the same as being obsessed with a romantic partner.

There’s a difference between being obsessed with someone and being addicted to love. In fact, many people who think they’re in love actually have an addiction problem.


To help you determine whether you might be a love addict, ask yourself the following questions:


  • Is this relationship causing problems in your life? If so, how? (Are you skipping work or school because of it?)

  • Do you feel powerless when it comes to leaving this person (or breaking up)? Does just thinking about breaking up make your heart race or cause panic attacks? Are there other ways of dealing with stress that doesn’t involve your partner/ex-partner/crush/secret admirer?


  • Has this relationship caused physical injury or illness? Do any of these things happen at night and/or when away from home because of them? Feeling sick after even a short time apart, nausea, chest pains, vomiting, diarrhoea, headaches, and migraines over time with no medical explanation other than fear of losing them again if they go out while sobering up from last night’s party where everyone got drunk together, including both parties involved here tonight, which could lead to trouble if not handled correctly now before things get worse later.

Love addicts are more likely to turn to drugs or alcohol to self-medicate.

Love addicts are at a higher risk of turning to drugs and alcohol to self-medicate the emotional pain they experience. When they’re rejected by their partner or abandoned by their partner, they may turn to drugs or alcohol as a form of escape. These substances can help them forget about their relationship problems, but in reality, they only exacerbate the problem by making it more difficult for love addicts to get back on track with their lives.


Smoking, vaping, and marijuana use can be signs of a love addict.

Smoking, vaping, and marijuana use can be signs of a love addict. It’s not just about the number of cigarettes or joints, but about how much time is spent smoking or vaping. If you’re always coming up with reasons to smoke or vape, like “I need it to relax,” this could mean that you’re trying to deal with your feelings by numbing them with drugs.


It may be difficult to identify if you don’t have any other symptoms such as compulsive eating, sex addiction, or gambling addiction. But if you find yourself smoking more than usual and then feeling bad about it, this could be a sign that you have a problem with love addiction.


Love addiction leads to many unhealthy behaviors.

Love addiction often leads to many unhealthy behaviors.


  • You may not be able to control your spending when it comes to the person you are in love with.

  • You may do things for them that you normally wouldn’t do for anyone else, including sex acts and engaging in risky behavior for their approval.

  • You can get stuck in trying to get back with an ex or keep a new relationship from ending.

Love addiction isn’t about sex, it’s about feeling loved and needed.

Love addiction isn’t about sex—it’s about feeling loved and needed by another person.


Love addicts are particularly vulnerable to addiction because they’ve suffered in the past, either through abuse or abandonment. In order to feel secure and belong, love addicts will do anything necessary to keep their relationships going. They may stay in an abusive relationship or even marry someone who doesn’t love them just so they don’t have to be alone again.


Love addicts feel like they have no control over their own lives.

Love addict feels like they have no control over their own lives. They feel like they are being controlled by the person they are in a relationship with, and this feeling causes them anxiety and depression. The person who has been labelled a love addict usually feels that they are unable to make decisions for themselves or that they only make decisions based on the wishes of their partner. This can lead to feelings of helplessness and hopelessness.


There is also a sense of being controlled by one’s emotions when dealing with someone who is addicted to love; since there is often an emotional attachment to another person involved in such relationships, it can be very difficult for someone who suffers from this addiction not only because of what happens inside them but also because those around them may not understand what’s going on inside them; because it’s hard for others outside that relationship to understand how much power someone has over you if you allow yourself into such relationships without realizing beforehand just how much energy gets drained before realizing that maybe this wasn’t really worth giving up so much space within yourself if things aren’t working out well when trying different ways


If a person with a love addiction can’t find a way to cope with their need for love, they may end up depressed, anxious, or even suicidal.


It’s not uncommon for people with other addictions to also suffer from love addictions.

Love addiction is a real thing. If you’re in a relationship with someone who’s addicted to love, it may feel as though they’re addicted to you, even though they aren’t. They seem to have an endless need for new partners and can be very manipulative when it comes to getting their needs met. They might even go so far as to sabotage your relationship or relationships in order to remain the centre of attention.

Love addicts tend to experience childhood trauma that has led them down the path of self-destruction. Since the pain isn’t being dealt with properly, these people turn to drugs or alcohol in order to numb their emotions. However, this only makes things worse because now there’s an additional problem on top of all those other issues they were already dealing with!


Love addicts have deep-seated emotional needs that aren’t being met, and they need specialized care to get better.

The first criterion for being a love addict is that they are unable to maintain healthy relationships with others. To be a love addict, you must display at least three of the following symptoms:

  • Your relationships tend to start out great and then quickly go south.

  • You have trouble getting over a past love and feel like your heart has been broken when they leave.


  • You have an intense need for more attention than your partner can give you (or any partner, for that matter).


  • You spend most of your time thinking about your next romantic encounter or imagining what it would be like if only this person would love you back.


People who are struggling with love addiction need to seek treatment from a professional. They may need therapy sessions or group support sessions in order to overcome their unhealthy habits and learn how to cope with them in healthy ways. If you think you might have a problem with love addiction, reach out today!


This article was first published at https://www.freemanhouserecovery.com/love-addiction/



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