Co-Occurring Issues

A Personal Story Of Realization And Finding The Right Recovery Group For Love Addiction

Posted by on 04 29 15 in Co-Occurring Issues | Comments Off on A Personal Story Of Realization And Finding The Right Recovery Group For Love Addiction

A Personal Story Of Realization And Finding The Right Recovery Group For Love Addiction

I’ve been on the road to recovery from addiction for over 20 years. My personal journey began with recognizing my issues with alcohol and substances. Though I never entered an in-patient rehabilitation program, I went to AA meetings and NA meetings and created a solid, sober, alcohol- and substance-free life. I felt healthy and whole, for the most part, but at a certain point I realized I was having issues with relationships: I couldn’t stay in one. I would quickly get bored and begin looking for something new and exciting. I was always thinking about what was next. While in committed...

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Am I Addicted To Love?

Posted by on 04 18 15 in Co-Occurring Issues | Comments Off on Am I Addicted To Love?

Am I Addicted To Love?

Many people learn that they are struggling with love addiction after they’ve gone through many phases of addictive behaviors. They may have a dealt with problems with alcohol addiction, substance abuse and other chemical dependencies. Quite often, people who have been through treatment programs and/or 12-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) still find themselves struggling with some of the same core issues that led them to alcohol and substance dependency or abuse. Though they may be “clean and sober,” they still find themselves dealing with...

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Sex Addict Or Love Addict…Or Both?

Posted by on 02 28 15 in Co-Occurring Issues | Comments Off on Sex Addict Or Love Addict…Or Both?

Sex Addict Or Love Addict…Or Both?

I’ve been on the road to recovery for well over 20 years. I began my journey in Alcoholics Anonymous early in my 20s in order to deal with my issues with alcohol. Then I found Narcotics Anonymous several years later to work through my remaining substance issues. It was not until over a decade later, however, that I realized there might be another layer to my addictive tendencies when a close friend suggested I consider the idea that I might be a sex addict. At first, I didn’t think it was possible. Despite all evidence to the contrary, I had myself convinced that I was just an active guy...

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Working Through Jealousy in Love Addiction Recovery

Posted by on 09 02 14 in Co-Occurring Issues | Comments Off on Working Through Jealousy in Love Addiction Recovery

Jealousy is a beast of an emotion. It is often a source of drama in a relationship, one that can ultimately destroy it altogether. Most of us can relate to a bit of healthy jealousy in a relationship, but for the love addict, jealousy can cause an emotional and relationship breakdown in no time at all. What Is Jealousy? Jealousy is a bunch of emotions all rolled up into one. If you’re feeling jealous, you may also be feeling angry, fearful, anxious and defensive at the same time. It can cause you to think and do things that you never thought possible and then look back and say, “Did all...

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Love Addiction Proves There’s a Dangerous Side to Affection

Posted by on 08 06 14 in Co-Occurring Issues | Comments Off on Love Addiction Proves There’s a Dangerous Side to Affection

Untangling the Mysteries of Love Addiction Many people have experienced the heady excitement of new love and the heartache of love gone wrong. But can love turn into an addiction? A team of researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston says yes, that extreme feelings of love toward another person can sometimes develop into a maladaptive attachment. These feelings can lead to destruction of the relationship and dysfunctional behavior. This type of “love addiction” often causes individuals to stay in a relationship that is dangerous to their well-being or causes...

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Intense Relationship Addict’s Path to Hitting Bottom

Posted by on 07 27 14 in Co-Occurring Issues | Comments Off on Intense Relationship Addict’s Path to Hitting Bottom

A love/sex addict finds himself in an unhealthy relationship and putting everything on the line too soon. “When I look back at my relationship to Beth now,” Paul told me, “I see it as my absolute bottom.” Paul is talking about an experience with a woman he believed he’d fallen in love with after a 10-hour date. In the months and weeks prior to knowing Beth, he’d been reeling from the heartbreak over the unexpected end to an eight-year relationship. Paul had spent those weeks and months drinking and masturbating compulsively. Then, despite deep reservations, he began visiting...

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