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Sex Addiction and the Narcissist Discard

In the beginning, he told you were the most amazing woman he’d ever known. He gave you his full, rapt attention, texted you all day long, and seemed to take a special interest in whatever you were interested in. Sex was spectacular, and he spun tales of grand future plans. And then the relationship ended with no warning: It was as if a light switch had suddenly been flicked off. What happened?

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The Top 6 Reasons Men Cheat

Infidelity hurts. It ruins relationships. It devastates your sense of trust, loyalty and true love. When it happens, you just want to know why. Only your spouse can really answer that, and even he may struggle to tell you exactly why he did it. The best way to heal from infidelity is to see a professional, either together if you are going to stick it out or alone if you have decided to call it quits. A big part of that healing will be coming to an understanding about why it happened.

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Age, Personality Type Predict Risk for an Extramarital Affair

Are you the type of person to have an affair? Is there even a “type” of person who is more likely to cheat on a partner? Well, the answer appears to be a little bit yes and a little bit no. Here are a few of the factors that make someone statistically more likely to engage in infidelity, some of which have to do with who you are and some of which have to do with where you are in your life or your relationship.

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Telltale Signs That You Are a Love Addict

What is more wonderful than falling in love? The delirious feeling of finding that special someone is written about in books and songs and movies. When you’re listening to music, you hear one song after another all about getting carried away with feelings of romantic love. Every day you see devoted couples on magazine covers and read about them in books. People who are happily in love seem to be everywhere.

You are driven by the desire to have someone to love. It’s the most natural thing in the world to want to share your life with another human being. But for you it’s not just about sharing your life. Love is the center of your universe.

When your desire to revolve your life around a relationship becomes practically the only thing that matters in your life, you may have a problem. This is one of the first telltale signs that may indicate you’re a love addict.

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Is It Really Possible To Love Too Much?

When you love someone, you have intense feelings of warmth and affection. The other person has become extremely important to you, and it’s hard to imagine a life that doesn’t include him or her. Experiencing love is one of the most valued and wonderful of human experiences. In most cases, love is a healthy, positive experience.

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Addicted to Love

Love addiction is a term many people are not familiar with. Although it is not a diagnosable condition according to many experts, there is evidence that some people become addicted to the feeling of being in love and to being around the person they love. Some would call this a behavioral addition, while others call it an attachment disorder. Whatever you choose to call it, being addicted to love can be just as devastating as any other kind of addiction.

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Study Finds Similarities in Sex Addiction and Drug Addiction

Addiction is often measured, in part, by the impact it makes on a person’s quality of life. In instances of substance use, it can also be measured by intensity and frequency of use. In other behaviors, such as compulsive gambling, the behavior can also be measured in the frequency of the behavior. However, without any impact on the quality of life, addiction would not have the same bite.

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Women and Sex Addiction: Building Strength Through Friendship

Almost three years ago, I walked into my first Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA) meeting. I wasn’t sure yet if the 12 steps were for me (I couldn’t conceive of a Higher Power, much less one that might be interested in helping me out), but I had absolutely no doubt that, if these groups did work, this one was for me. I’d been aware of my growing problem for years: a constitutional inability to say no to sex I didn’t really want to have; repeating the same tired cycle in one toxic relationship after another; running from love before it ever got off the ground; and soothing myself by sexually acting out. If sex and relationships could be an addiction, and if addiction was like a disease, I had it.

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The Link Between Sexual Shame and Addiction and Why It Should Be Addressed

As sex addiction expert and author Robert Weiss argues in PsychCentral, the connection between addiction and shame is well established. Those prone to addiction often feel ashamed of themselves; it’s an inward-facing criticism with the potential to lead to problems such as anxiety and depression, which in turn creates a desire to escape through the use of substances. This much is accepted, but the importance of sexual shame is woefully underrepresented in many treatment programs, according to Weiss. Understanding how sexual shame influences people who struggle with addiction and what can be done about it can help you identify what may be a core issue underlying many of the more overt problems you’re experiencing.

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Using 12 Step 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.

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