Sex Addiction, Love Addiction and Co-dependency Explained

In recent years, there has been an increasing degree of awareness and understanding of many mental illnesses, but some compulsive disorders are still shrouded in rumours and misinformation.

Sex addiction, love addiction ad co-dependency are probably the three most misunderstood mental illnesses. People who suffer from these afflictions are often seen as weak, deviant and may even be seen as some sort of amoral monster. This could not be further from the truth. Most people living with sex addiction, love addiction or co-dependency are perfectly nice people struggling with a real mental illness.

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Love Addiction - Still Misunderstood

Love addiction lacks a high profile in society, but this does not mean that it is any less damaging to its sufferers. Only now is awareness beginning to grow about this crippling behavioral affliction. Hopefully this new awareness will help those suffering in silence to come forward to seek help.It was only last year that major newspapers and radio programmes started to address love addiction. Before that, many people were skeptical about whether you could be ‘addicted’ to love. The skeptics suggested that we simply struggle differently both in and out of relationships. Indeed, it’s good to know that we all have different coping methods and means of healing ourselves, but some of us need a little help. The large numbers of people seeking this help is clear, and evidence that love addiction is very much a real problem.

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Does drama drive your relationships… are you a love addict?

Love addictionWhat is being addicted to love? Is it all about joy, sensuality and happiness? A clinical love addiction is actually something quite different. This article explores this in more detail and offers an opportunity for love addicts to realise that recovery is achievable.

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The shame about sex addiction

Sex addiction is not glamorous, it's filled with shameThe consequences of sex addiction can be traumatic for both the perpetrator and those associated with them. Whatever the underlying cause of the addiction is recovery is achievable though.

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Do you need others’ love or approval in order to feel okay?

Needing approval and loveFor most, the answer to this question is yes. Of course we all crave a sense of validation and the love of others. Those are human needs. However, where the need for others’ love and approval becomes the sole criteria for our own sense of self worth, we cross the line between a healthy need and an addiction to love and approval. While love addiction is not yet a formally recognized addiction, love and approval addiction is arguably far more prevalent than any other substance or process addiction. One might say that we live in a love and approval addicted society.

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