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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
Seek real love: All men look at images and enjoy their bodies as you do. It becomes an addiction when, and only when, you are losing time from other things you need to be doing -- job, study, learning, forming relationships. Porn is a dead-end as it presents unrealistic bodies ; scenarios. Think about the person you'll marry, get with your doctor if you need to for thought / talk rx and maybe medication. ...Read more
Carbs: You won't like my answer. But if you have an addiction to potatoes - you may need to work to reduce your carb intake. Try healthy raw vegetables instead of so many potatoes. It is recommended that you get five servings of veggies and four of fruit per day. Try eating veggies other than potatoes. Don't buy the potatoes and don't keep them in your kitchen. Good luck. ...Read more
Online game addict'n: Online gaming addiction is a real problem, first, you can't make someone stop any addiction, they have to want to. If yr roommate wants to stop, abstinence is the first step in any recovery process. Delete the game from the computer or avoid the computer altogether. Support groups are the main help. Olganon is the group for this problem. Only problem is the meetings are online. ...Read more
Probably no way: The only thing that "might" help is to talk respectfully about how you feel. Asking if there are things you do that bring up similar feelings for them. It's a short-cut that sounds good, (but probably isn't) to think about "making" anyone do anything. You also probably can't do it without undue force anyway. ;-). ...Read more
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