Is it Codependency or Love Addiction?

For a significant portion of my adult life, I felt alone in navigating the intense emotions and behaviors that shaped my relationships. I constantly prioritized others' needs, particularly those of my romantic partners, while undervaluing my own self-worth. This sense of isolation was compounded by the fact that I couldn't find anyone in my personal or professional circles who could relate to my experiences.

Discovering Love Addiction:

My journey towards healing began when I stumbled upon a podcast called Journals of a Love Addict. The concept of love addiction was introduced to me, shedding light on my struggles with codependency in the past. This newfound knowledge empowered me and served as a catalyst for my path towards self-healing and recovery.

The Importance of Awareness:

Looking back, I can't help but wonder how my life would have been different if I had been aware of the symptoms of love addiction and how it differs from codependency. Unfortunately, there was a lack of information and a scarcity of therapists who truly understood the intricacies of this issue.

Reflection and Transformation:

Reflecting on my past, I see clearly that my journey towards breaking free from love addiction was both incredibly challenging and transformative. By acknowledging and confronting the dynamics that fueled my patterns of behavior, I gradually reclaimed myself. This empowered me to prioritize my own needs and well-being.

If you think you may struggle with codependency or love addiction, here are some questions you can ask yourself as a starting point:

  1. Do you feel that you need to be in a relationship to feel happy or complete?
  2. Do you find yourself engaging in self-destructive behaviors or compromising your values to be in a relationship?
  3. Have you struggled with prioritizing your partner's needs over your own? 
  4. Do you feel like you have a pattern of being attracted to unavailable or emotionally distant partners?
  5. Have you tried to control or manipulate others in order to feel safe or loved? 
  6. Do you find yourself constantly seeking validation and attention from others?
  7. Do you place high levels of importance on your partner's happiness and little on your own? 
  8. Do you have a fear of being alone or abandoned?
  9. Can you tolerate the feeling when your partner is disappointed or angry with you? 
  10. Do you find that your romantic relationships are negatively impacting other areas of your life, such as work or friendships?

Self-Realization and Empowerment:

Becoming aware of these patterns is the first step towards self-realization and empowerment. By understanding the distinction between codependency and love addiction, you can embark on your own healing journey.

Remember, I'll be here, waiting to support you along the way.

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