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I need help. I think I have an obsessive love disorder, love addiction or relationship addiction?

I need help. I think I have an obsessive love disorder, love addiction or relationship addiction?

Unhealthy relations: If you find that you engage in relationships that are unhealthy - that is a problem. If that is the case, suggest that you arrange for a psychological evaluation with a doctoral level clinical psychologist. After assessment, an appropriate treatment plan can be developed. ...Read more

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Addiction (Definition)

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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I am struggling with love addiction. I wanted to attend a treatment center, but nothing is affordable. Any suggestions to get similar help?

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

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Does tough love work with addiction?

Does tough love work with addiction?

Not by Itself: Addiction problems generally respond best when a multi-faceted approch is used. Kicking a family member out of your home will not cure their addiction. Use community resources-don't try to do it by yourself. ...Read more

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How can I help using love like an addiction?

How can I help using love like an addiction?

See a therapist.: Although ... One might say that love is an addiction by definition. It only becomes a problem if the other person does not love you. (that's when you might need the therapist.). ...Read more

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Which are the first signs of your loved ones drug addiction?

Which are the first signs of your loved ones drug addiction?

See below: The person takes the substance and cannot stop. Withdrawal symptoms - when body levels of that substance go below a certain level the patient has physical and mood-related symptoms. Addiction continues despite health problem awareness - the individual continues taking the substance regularly, even though they have developed illnesses linked to it. ...Read more

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What should I do if i suspect a loved on an alcohol addiction?

What should I do if i suspect a loved on an alcohol addiction?

Alcholoism: Approach your loved one with calm, tact, empathy and give very truthful feedback based on the facts you have observed. Try attending an al anon meeting for guidance and support. Best. ...Read more

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Advice for shopping addiction? I love getting stuff in the mail, but I'm in major debt ($20,000 credit card debt). Cards maxed out.

Advice for shopping addiction? I love getting stuff in the mail, but I'm in major debt ($20,000 credit card debt). Cards maxed out.

Hypomania and spendi: Risk-taking behaviors during hypomanic states are recognised, however the high-risk nature of some behaviours-including the potential for harm to both the individual and others. (Fletcher et al 2013. Some of these behaviors include in for increased spending of money increase sexual activity increased speeding with associated traffic fines. You may not have a full-blown disease but needs evaluation ...Read more

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What are some less religious family support groups for loved ones with drug addiction?

What are some less religious family support groups for loved ones with drug addiction?

12 steps: I love 12 step programs - the neutral one is positive anonymous 12 step program - any 12 step program would work. ...Read more

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Do you think "tough love" is a good method to assist people with addiction?

Do you think "tough love" is a good method to assist people with addiction?

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

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Could this love of mangoes be a food addiction? What are the criteria?

Could this love of mangoes be a food addiction?  What are the criteria?

Food addiction: 1) does eating mangoes lead to unmanageability? 2) have you lost control over eating mangoes? If the answers to both are yes, you may have a food addiction. Otherwise, you may just enjoy mangoes. ...Read more