The following 25 questions are meant to be a simple a guideline for identifying the possible signs of love addiction. Love addiction is not an official diagnosis thus these questions do not provide a diagnosis, however your affirmative answers may be an indicator that love addiction presents in your relationships. Please note that love addiction is a matter that needs professional attention. If you answer in the affirmative to five or more questions you may have a problem and should seek professional help.
Turning Points: Love and sex addiction
Love Addiction Test
Call Now 1. Love addicts live in a chaotic world of desperate need and emotional despair. Fearful of being alone or rejected, love addicts endlessly search for that special someone — the person that will make the addict feel whole. Ironically, love addicts oftentimes have had numerous opportunities for the truly intimate experience they think they want.
What is sex and love addiction?
Call Now 1. Both sex addiction and love addiction are understood to be disorders of emotional intimacy characterized by obsessive thoughts and compulsive acting out behaviors. The difference between these addictions lies specifically in the types of acting out behaviors which may be present. In , with the help of an addiction treatment center called the Hazeldon Foundation, Patrick Carnes published his seminal work, Out of the Shadows: Understanding Sexual Addiction.
Just as an alcoholic continues overdrinking even when it does her harm, a sex and love addict seeks out emotional and physical fulfillment from others, even when it hurts her. Some addicts say they primarily have a sex addiction, while others lean toward the love addiction side of things. Either way, explains Linda Hudson, LSW, co-author of Making Advances: A Comprehensive Guide for Treating Female Sex and Love Addicts , a sex and love addiction describes a pattern of relationship behavior that is compulsive, out of control, and continues despite the consequences. Our society mostly focuses on guys with sex addiction because, well, from the outside their spiraling-out looks pretty juicy. Despite the name, sex and love addiction is the opposite of sexy—it is a deeply anguished and often isolating affliction.