In its variety of forms, sex and love addiction boils down to an obsession with sex that detracts from the person's lifestyle and relationships. People with this type of addiction either compulsively engage in - or compulsively avoid - sex and love. There are certain hallmark characteristics of sex and love addicts. If you answer "yes" to any or many of the questions below, you may wish to consider seeking professional help and undergo the treatment options described below.
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About Sex and Love Addiction
This disorder is characterized by a person's harmful compulsions with regards to sexual or romantic emotions. In some ways, it is comparable to a food addiction that characterizes some eating disorders: food is healthy and good, and so is sex and love. That being said, it is possible to rely on food - or to manage food consumption - in ways that are self-destructive, like by overeating or through eating a harmful and unhealthy diet. Similarly, one's relationship to sex and love can become excessive to individual needs, or it can create habits that we repeatedly live out, even though they make us feel uncomfortable or unhappy.
It is important to note that there are no absolutes when it comes to sex and love addiction. Behaviour that is appropriate and healthy for one individual can be devastating for another. People with sex and love addictions engage in activities, even though such activities make them feel worse in the long run.
People with sex and love addictions often feel empty or incomplete when they're alone. They often idealize people who are ultimately unavailable, pursuing relationships that cannot possibly go well. Sex or love addicts associate their romantic needs and desires with shame or guilt, and become dependent on or cripplingly distracted by their fantasies or habits.
Rehabilitation Of Sex and Love Addiction
There is no medicine to treat love and sex addiction. Like other behavioural addictions, this one has to be dealt with through psychotherapy and careful observation and regulation of habit. The Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous group (SLAA) is a recognized body devoted to helping people with disordered romantic lives. The SLAA uses a twelve-step program that individuals follow at their own pace to replace their destructive habits and thoughts with healthy ones. The organization provides a community of like-minded individuals who are able to express their experiences in a constructive way. Programs such as this one allow sex and love addicts to learn to pace and monitor their impulses when it comes to romance. People who undergo this type of rehabilitation report an increased ability to share intimacy with another individual over a longer period of time.
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