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Using 12-Step Recovery to Overcome Love Addiction

Love addiction can consume a person’s life and create ongoing emotional chaos. But, like other addictions, it can be overcome through careful therapy and treatment. Groups such as Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous employ a 12-step recovery program based on the successful recovery format used in Alcoholics Anonymous.

At Recovery Ranch Tennessee, we understand the emotional and psychological issues that may have caused a person’s love addiction. With our compassionate approach, we provide therapy, counseling and individualized treatment plans to help people in their recovery journey. Our team of experts is dedicated to helping clients develop healthier relationships with themselves and others. Learn more and start our 12-step therapy program by calling 1.844.876.7680.

The Importance of 12-Step Recovery for Love Addiction

People with love addiction are encouraged to work step by step to increase self-awareness and learn more positive ways of relating with others. As they work through the process, they gain a growing awareness of the many choices they face daily.

A major help to love addicts is a new understanding of what qualities make for healthy attraction. Many people with love addictions find themselves repeatedly entangled in unhealthy relationships because they find themselves attracted to others with unhealthy love addictions or people who are avoidant. Healthy self-respect can change the sort of romantic partner an individual chooses to seek out. People struggling with addictions of all types are encouraged to set aside romantic pursuits to develop the proper self-respect that empowers a healthier partner search.

Building the Foundation for Change

Over time people addicted to love realize that their smothering affection and turbulent relationships are poor substitutes for the genuine satisfaction of shared intimacy. During this period of reflection, it often comes out that the person experienced some unmet needs during childhood. Understanding early family issues can help a person discern what needs they may have carried into their adult relationships.

It can be helpful to identify the need for parental acceptance, for example, as a driver in adult relationships. Once a person realizes how unrealistic it is to expect a partner to replace a parent, healing can begin. Adult relationships cannot be used to successfully resolve childhood family issues.

On the other hand, coming to grips with the emotional cravings that have been propelling their relational addiction can be freeing. Finding acceptance within oneself and with a higher power can fill the emptiness the person had been demanding partners to satisfy. The beauty of 12-step recovery is the insight into what needs drive behavior and what choices a person can make to change that behavior. 

Love addiction is real. So is the help available through a 12-step recovery program and a comprehensive treatment plan. It is possible to escape the cycle of chaotic relationships and live a life based on realistic expectations and healthy interactions. It doesn’t happen overnight, but with help, a new outlook is possible.

Find a 12-Step Therapy Program for Love Addiction Recovery

At Recovery Ranch in Nunnelly, TN, our 12-step love addiction program is designed to give individuals the opportunity to gain insight into their patterns of destructive relationships and discover better ways of relating. The program emphasizes self-awareness, healthy boundaries, and connection with a higher power.

The program begins with an initial assessment to determine the level of treatment needed and is followed by individual therapy, group counseling, educational classes, and experiential activities. The goal is to help individuals gain a deeper understanding of their behaviors, thoughts, and beliefs to manage their emotions better, build healthier relationships and discover a greater sense of peace and well-being.

Get started today by contacting us online or by calling 1.844.876.7680.

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