Is anyone in your life a serial monogamous who can’t seem to stop thinking about love? Or, do they avoid relationships and resent commitment? Do either of these describe you? Learn the signs of being a love addict or love avoidant, and learn how to get help for addictive behaviors from Morningside Recovery.
Being a Love Addict or Love Avoidant
Being a Love Addict and or Love Avoidant can be a tricky characteristic to discover about one’s self. Love addicts go through life with desperate hopes and constant fears. Fearing rejection, pain, unfamiliar experiences, and having little faith in the ability or right to inspire love, they wait and wish for love.
A Love Avoidant refuses to show love out of fear of being hurt. They avoid intimacy in order to protect themselves from rejection, loss, and pain that accompany an intimate relationship.
Three Primary Symptoms
- Difficulty with boundaries
- Issues with self-esteem and or self-care
- Issues with knowing and owning our reality
Three Secondary Symptoms
- Resentment and blame
- Idolizing the other person
- Mental/physical illness and addiction
Breaking the Cycle of Love Addiction or Avoidance
Here are the three steps to changing patterns of being a love addict or avoidant. This is H.O.W.
H – Honest about the issues
O – Open to change
W – Willing to let go
Morningside Recovery’s group Is it Love or Addiction? has helped me learn patterns, recognize them in all of my past relationships, and overcome them by being mindful. Now, I’m open to the possibility of a having a healthy relationship.
Blog by Katherine C., Morningside Recovery client.
Addiction Treatment at Morningside Recovery
Many times, addictive behaviors or unhealthy relationships can be as dangerous as substance addictions. Whether you’re struggling with cocaine addiction or you have a sex or gambling addiction, Morningside Recovery can help.
If you’d like to learn more about Morningside Recovery’s addiction therapy services and rehab programs, give them a call today at 855-631-2135. Recovery is possible, you just have to take the first step.