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Most addictions, such as substance abuse, gambling, shopping and sex addiction, are connected through the fact that individuals engaging in these behaviors develops a chemical need to continue their addictions. Relationship addiction is much different because this type of problem develops as a result of emotional needs that continually perpetuate unhealthy and obsessive behaviors.
Symptoms of Relationship Addiction
Individuals may think that their behaviors are more codependent that anything else; however, there are major differences between codependency and relationship addiction. Some of the many symptoms of relationship addiction include the following:
- Desiring fulfillment – Many individuals who are addicted to their relationships are seeking fulfillment from their partner. While this is common in most relationships, those who are addicted often find themselves unable to achieve happiness or experience feelings of success on their own, which makes them continually seek the attention of their loved one to do it for them.
- Feeling undeserving – One of the most common traits of an individual struggling with a relationship addiction is that he or she often feels undeserving of a healthy relationship. Therefore, he or she can quickly begin to get possessive over the loved one, develop intense jealousy and attempt to control the relationship in order to prevent losing it.
- Continually thinking about the relationship – Those who have relationship addictions are more prone to continually thinking about their relationships, even if it has been years since the relationships have ended. The constant barrage of thoughts surrounding a breakup and the behaviors leading up to it can keep individuals linked to their past.
- Breaking up and making up – After a breakup, the feelings of sadness, depression and low self-esteem can make relationship addicts crave their relationship once more. This often leads to a cycle of breaking up and making up, which can be extremely unhealthy for both parties involved.
Individuals who struggle with relationship addiction can quickly find themselves developing unhealthy and dangerous habits.
How to End Addictive Behaviors
As with most addiction problems, those who are addicted to relationships need to first end their denial and accept that they have a problem before looking to address it. Once this occurs, individuals can begin engaging in behaviors that will promote their recovery. These behaviors can include keeping a log of emotions, which often helps individuals see how their emotions are negatively impacting them. In addition, individuals can begin to focus on the positives that can come out of ending a negative relationship and the behaviors that go with it. This helps individuals to get excited and engaged in the steps following ending the relationship. If a relationship addiction is extremely intense, it is hugely beneficial to seek therapeutic care that can help identify the underlying causes of addiction and address them in ways that allow an individual to move forward without relying on these behaviors.
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