Love and Relationship Addiction
Questions about Love vs. Addiction
Is it LOVE or an addictive relationship?
Do you lose your sense of self in a relationship?
Do you cycle quickly from one intense relationship to another?
Are you in constant anxiety of losing or disconnecting from a partner?
Do you feel deep emptiness, mistrust, jealousy, or insecurity when you are alone?
Are you seeking your self-esteem, validation, or reassurance through your relationship or through sex?
Have you lost or neglected friends and family for a relationship?
The feeling of LOVE, or being "high" on love, can be a powerful drug. The "fix", however, is another person, leading to an alteration of mood and a dependency on regaining or retaining that mood. The presence of the other person is not comforting through intimacy and connection, but rather for the ways in which he/she represents or symbolizes the internally held images and expectations of love, romance, and coupling.
Love addiction also occurs when sexual attraction, desire, and arousal is confused with intimacy and closeness. Often, this may be the result of unresolved attachment losses and fears of abandonment. In a culture that continues to reinforce simplified images of love and romance, glorifies self-destructive, intense, and risky relationship behaviors, and neglects the attachment need of children and adults, many people find themselves trapped in a spiral of unhealthy relationships or risky sexual encounters to sooth internal fears and loneliness, leading to lives of unrealistic expectations, anxiety, and identity confusion.
Break the cycle of attachment loss and unhealthy dependency for yourself or a loved one. There is hope!
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Trained in marriage and family counseling, I see pre-marital, married, co-habitating, and gay and lesbian (GLBT) partners for couples counseling, in my Denver, Colorado mental health practice. As a certified sex therapist, I help couples deal with sexual and mental health issues such as low sexual desire, painful sex, sexual dysfunction, or sex/porn addiction. Click here to see more on couples therapy.
GLOW (Gays and Lesbians Out and Well) is psychotherapy and counseling with a gay-affirming focus for the Denver, Colorado, LGBT community. GLOW specializes in helping Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) persons come out and grow emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. GLOW’s gay counseling is based on the premise that sexuality, creativity, and spirituality are intertwined and dependent on the affirmation of an authentic self-identity. Our work is informed by a philosophy that seeks equality and mental health and wholeness for all people. Click here to learn more about my approach to LGBT issues.
Silence about sexual issues is the great killer of relationships. It is common for people to encounter sexual problems, at any age. Women may experience arousal and orgasm difficulties, low sex drive, or pain during intercourse, while men may struggle with erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, and low libido. What is uncommon is for people to speak and do something about those problems before they irreparably damage their self-esteem and relationships. To learn more about Sex Therapy options, click here.
We can talk about options for a healthier, more satisfying, and productive life. Sexual addictions or compulsive behaviors can take over your life, whether it be internet pornography and cybersex, phone sex lines,strip clubs, bath houses, bookstores, cruising spots, or any other form of anonymous sex. It leaves you feeling empty and alone. Click here to learn more.
The causes of your distress may be immediate or rooted in your history. It may be difficult to tell the difference between the source of your stress, anxiety, grief, or discomfort, and your current struggles. You may even try to correct the wrong problems. You may suppress, avoid, or even self-medicate trauma with compulsive behaviors or addiction. There is HELP and HOPE for current or past trauma, PTSD, and abuse! Call GLOW Now or click here to learn more!
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