Love addiction and sex addiction are intimacy disorders that seek to fulfill unmet needs for control, power, love or affection. These disorders are strongly associated with early childhood trauma and carry a great deal of shame.
Like all addictions, intimacy disorders like sex addiction and love addiction are progressive in nature. Over time, the sex addict may crave more frequent, intense or unusual experiences while the love addict’s cycle of emotionally destructive relationships gets more obsessive and desperate. Both disorders serve the person by achieving an initial sense of relief or euphoria that often becomes harder and harder to attain. Behaviors around love and sex addiction become destructive to the person’s health, relationships, career and/or finances, yet the person feels unable to control their behavior.
Love addiction and sex addiction are often masked by other concerns such as alcohol and drug addictions and eating disorders. Left unaddressed, sex and love addiction can contribute to chronic relapse and prevent an individual from healing in all areas of their life. The Center for Relationship and Sexual Recovery at The Ranch provides comprehensive, gender-separate care for those suffering from intimacy disorders like love and sex addiction. We address the constellation of issues each client struggles with so that they can heal wholly.
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