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Differentiating Sex and Love Addictions

While love and sex are certainly not inseparable, romantic love only rarely exists without sexual involvement. For many people, sexual attraction is a critical component of loving their romantic partner. Sex and love are certainly both intense physical and emotional experiences, and like many such experiences they can give rise to obsession and even addiction.

The “Action” Phase of Love Difficult for People with Love Addiction

If genuine love is an action, and not just a rush or an emotion, people who become entranced by romantic television or novels may remain in a state of searching for the next great romantic experience for years, or a lifetime. For many who can’t put down steamy novels or spend hours viewing romantic television, …

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Relationship Cycles for Love Addicts

Love addiction, like many addictions, follows certain patterns. In the realm of love, sex, and relationship addictions, there are a number of interlocking roles and complimentary patterns of behavior. In this article, you will learn about these related roles. If any of these patterns or behaviors look a little too familiar, you may want to …

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Sex Addiction versus Love Addiction: Are they Fundamentally Different or the Same?

Both sex addiction and love addiction are understood to be disorders of emotional intimacy characterized by obsessive thoughts and compulsive acting out behaviors. The difference between these addictions lies specifically in the types of acting out behaviors which may be present. A sex addict may have a problem with pornography or repeated anonymous sexual experiences, …

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Love Addiction: Amber Smith Shares her Story

Amber Smith is a well-known model, actress, and reality star. Her experiences on the ground-breaking television shows Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, Sober House and Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew have exposed addiction as the disease that doesn’t discriminate. The wealth of knowledge she has received working with some of the best addictionologists in the …

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Researchers Say Anxiety, Cravings Also Part of Love Addiction

Research is backing up what songs have said for years – you can, truly, become addicted to love. Like cocaine or alcohol, recent studies are looking at how the brain reacts and responds to love in its pleasure centers, thereby creating an addiction. Like other addictions, love addiction may create strong feelings of pleasure – …

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Sex Addiction and Women: Shame and Guilt May Prevent Recovery

They’re logging hours behind the computer screen, searching for sex-themed sites. They’re avoiding social engagements to search for sex online, and even looking for x-rated sites in the workplace despite the consequences. Who are they? They’re wives, mothers, sisters and friends, representing a surge in women who are living with sex addiction. While research continues …

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Pursuing the Fantasy of the Perfect Holiday May Intensify Love and Sex Addictions

Magic fills the air when the holidays come around. Nostalgic movies paint pictures of the family gathered around the Christmas tree singing carols or couples snuggled up by the fire, while holiday songs ring out with peace, joy and the spirit of giving. For some blessed families, these images may be a reality, but for …

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