Love addiction is about getting high — with another person and romance, intensity and numbing are the pathways used to escape. A love addict uses the romance neuro-pathways in the brain to feel better inside, to medicate, mediate or numb intense feelings of loneliness and emptiness. Love addiction often results in an increase in pain, loneliness and emptiness, and just like other process addictions, more and more is needed over time to feel “better”.
Unlike sex addiction, love addiction is an addiction to another person, or the idea of another person.
Love Addiction Treatment
Love addiction treatment starts with an initial assessment and asking for help from a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT). While love addiction remains controversial to those who don’t work with it everyday, those of us in the trenches with this highly addictive disease have little doubt about porns ability to damage not only the brains of those who use it, but their families, children, bank accounts, and careers.
Counseling for Love Addiction
Counseling for love addiction begins with hiring a competent and well-trained CSAT, and begins with a thorough in-person assessment and diagnosis. The beginning step is to take the Love Addiction Screening Test. This inventory asks questions about relational behaviors.. Please respond “Yes” to the items which apply to your behavior and “No” to the items which do not apply.
If you answered Yes to 0-3 Q’s – it's unlikely you have a problem.
If you answered Yes to more than 3 Q’s – you may have a problem.
If you answered Yes to 7 or more questions, we suggest you seek help for love addiction and find the healthy love you desire.
Disclaimer: This assessment is for informational purposes only and cannot substitute for a full evaluation by a clinical professional; the assessment should only be used as a guide to understanding your romantic behavior and the potential consequences associated with that behavior. If you are concerned about being a love addict, please seek professional help.