Abusive and addictive relationships hurt families and damage children.
Help for Love and Sex Addicts
Loving someone who loves you can be wonderful, while feeling addicted to your fantasies and
fixating on people who remind you of your fantasies can be torture. Do you feel trapped in
symbiotic or codependent relationships ?
Being with people who reflect your fantasies can trigger your
brain to make endorphins - chemicals similar to addictive drugs.
If you become addicted to your own brain chemistry, you may behave like other
addicts. You want to maintain your supply or
suffer unpleasant withdrawal symptoms!
As your illusions fade, a person may stop being a fascinating source of love
and seem to become horribly normal - or worse. Your sudden drop of endorphins
can cause craving ... which many people confuse with love. Do you
blame a lover or ex-lover for your unpleasant feelings?
If your partner clings to similar illusions
- you may form a closed relationship, often called codependent or
Short-term codependent relationships can
be called experience. Long-term codependent relationships
can be called years of misery.
I help people manage and change
all kinds of emotional issues, but working
with unmotivated, immature adults can
be a nightmare! Codependent people
don't want to invest effort, they don't really
want to change or to learn,
they want a
"Mom" to fix their problems for them.
They want "magic".
They present themselves
as victims and want me to "fix" them by the end of next week.
Unhealthy relationships are often promoted as normal and
desirable in children's stories, television shows, marketing and song lyrics. Do
you cling to fairytale ideas such as love can solve anything?
Mature people decide what type of relationship they want.
Healthy relationships are fulfilling while addictive relationships may feel more dramatic and
passionate - for a time. But addictive relationships limit choices and damage
My husband complains that he has
no friends but he pushes people away
... I mean good people ... and he expects me to fill all the
where his friends should be. London
Addictions bring short-term relief and long-term
nightmares. Although some addictions are common and the consequences
well known; many intelligent people become addicts.
If compulsions and obsessions
are included, few people seem to be free.
- Does a relationship seem to make you physically ill?
- Do you want to fall out of love - to STOP
- Are you fatigued, angry or anxious
about your partnership?
- Do you worry about when it might be safe to talk
to your partner?
- Do you need medications, alcohol or
drugs to stay in a relationship?
You helped me realize that
used drugs to avoid conflicts!
After you helped me manage my emotions,
I had no need to medicate myself.
Addictions often fulfill a goal of “I do not
want to be me!”. Perhaps you want to not-feel
negative emotions. We can help you end addictive behavior, manage your emotions and
solve relationship problems. But the longer
you leave them - the harder it gets.
You answered our questions
and you questioned our answers.
At every moment we felt you on our side - not against
other - rather helping us both grow up.
What are Addictive Relationships?
Addictive relationships are often about boredom and frustration.
Is a partner more committed to someone or something else (e.g. a parent
or a past partner)? Is a partner incapable of
commitment? (See Partnership Breakdown.)
Addictive relationships cause lasting damage.
Unhealthy relationships, abuse or emotional blackmail
provide constant stress and increase your risk of
psychosomatic symptoms, and can also lead to love or sex addictions
- Are you addicted to love or sex?
- Can you leave a damaging relationship?
- Are you free to build a healthy relationship?
Are You in an Addictive Relationship?
Addicts try to control their supply. Love addicts may tolerate cruelty and
indifference, perhaps convincing themselves that their problems are temporary. Sex
addicts may believe that one day their partners will thank them for whatever they do.
Love addicts and sex addicts often avoid relationships with healthy people - perhaps
calling them boring. Do these signs of addictive
relationships resonate with you?
- You justify staying in sick relationships
- You avoid or ignore the guidance of healthier people
- You know your relationship is unhealthy,
yet you cling to it
- When you consider ending a relationship, you feel
anxiety or guilt
We help people solve emotional and relationship problems.
Ending Relationship, Sex and Love Addictions
How strongly are your relationship decisions influenced by ideas?
- Addictions: e.g. "I cannot live without this person"
- Transferences: e.g. "My partner is a substitute for a parent"
- Beliefs e.g. "I'm not good enough" or
"I can save this person"
- Practicalities e.g. "Without this relationship I will be homeless"
- Philosophies e.g. "True love is forever,"
or "Being alone is bad"
are a love addict, you may feel that you do have no choices; and
that you cannot set boundaries. We can help you:
- Develop peace and integrity
- Learn healthy relationships skills
- Focus on your own desires, goals and challenges
- Change beliefs that make you feel unworthy of happiness
- End victim games: avoid being a helper, a
victimizer or a victim
can help you solve obsessions and compulsions, and our couple coaching
helps partners understand each other and
make changes that both partners want.
Do you want to solve any emotional or relationship
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