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Getting Over Love Addiction
I am struggling with love addiction. I wanted to attend a treatment center, but nothing is affordable. Any suggestions to get similar help?
Love addiction: Love addicts anonymous is an outpatient 12 step group for people in your situation. Information about this group and its meetings here: http://www.Loveaddicts.Org/laahomeindex.Html if there isn't a meeting in your area, perhaps codependents anonymous might be a reasonable step. If you mean sex addiction, there are 12 step groups for that also. You can google these terms and find them. Be well. ...Read more
Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more
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Generally not: Tough love usually does not work as a sole intervention to deal with addiction. This requires a multifaceted approach in order to have some reasonable chance of success. The part of tough love that involves not giving into all of the unreasonable demands of the addicted person, and protecting yourself and family from the transgressions that an addict may engage in do often seem appropriate. ...Read more
Hmm: Many people that have serious addictions will say it started out as fun as well, obviously there is a reason people use these substances in the first place and "fun" is definitly one of them. I suspect if most addicts could do it over again they would say "not worth it". You may not get addicted this is true, but by the tone of your question, it is also possible that you already are. Try sober fun. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I agree with the theory that people just trade one addiction for another so how can I get addicted to exercise?
By exercising: Exercise tends to be self perpetuating....The more you do it, the better you feel, and the more you want to exercise. Further, when you've established the exercise habit (not addiction), then on days you don't exercise you will notice you don't feel as well, which will make you want to refrain from missing exercise. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No easy answer: Depends on type of addiction (e.g., drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling, eating). Nonetheless, abstinence is difficult to achieve and requires many changes (in lifestyle, friends, social life). Counseling and participation in self-help groups is very helpful. Medication may help. Relapses are common and not necessarily a sign of failure. Families of the addict should join self-help groups as well. ...Read more
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