What Do Process And Substance Addiction Have In Common?

Taken at face value, it would seem that process and substance addictions are as different as two conditions can be. But the two actually share many common characteristics, including the ways that addicted people behave and how it affects them. And while substance and process addiction are sometimes treated differently, they have a lot more […]

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Does The Twelve-Step Program Work For Sex Addiction?

Does the 12-step program help sex addicts control their impulses and return to a less harmful way of life? In a word: yes.  As with alcoholism and substance dependence, the 12-step program has been proven to be effective at helping sex addicts live healthier and more rewarding lives. But there are some significant differences with […]

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What Are The Main Reasons For Infidelity?

Why do people cheat on their partners? What drives a person to engage in infidelity and risk destroying a relationship that has lasted for years?  For most people, the reasons range from personal to circumstantial. Many do so because of a combination of different factors. Here we explore some of the more common reasons why […]

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Can A Relationship Go Back To Normal After Infidelity?

Have you ever been in a relationship wherein one or both partners have been unfaithful? If so, you probably know how difficult it is to get things back to normal.  But as challenging as it may be to restore the trust, love, and affection that you once had for each other, there is life after […]

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How Do You Stop Being Addicted To Something?

Addiction can take on many forms and affect different people to varying degrees. The length of time in which different people remain addicted also varies considerably. And while some individuals can leave addiction behind through their own efforts, others may require extensive treatment and rehabilitation.  Perhaps the one common factor that most addicts share is […]

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Why Do We Become Addicted

Addiction can take on many forms. It is typically characterized as a chronic dysfunction of parts of the brain that governs reward and motivation. People who are addicted have a physical and mental craving for a substance, behavior, or action. In most cases, the desire for the object of addiction is compulsive or obsessive. Consequently, […]

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Can Love Addicts Have Healthy Relationships

Love addiction can have a seriously detrimental effect on a person’s life. It can delay emotional development and prevent the individual from forging meaningful connections with others. In many cases, it could even affect the ability to develop healthy lasting relationships.  Can Love Addicts Develop Healthy Relationships?  The short answer is: Yes. Love addicts can […]

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What Is Obsessive Love Addiction?

Have you or someone you know obsessed over another person? Have you often experienced difficulty dealing with the effects of your romantic obsession on your personal and professional lives? If so, you may have a case of obsessive love addiction.  Almost every romantic relationship involves some degree of obsession and compulsion. In the early stages […]

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DOES SEX ADDICTION KILL?

A good friend emailed me on Sunday morning. He lives on the other side of the country, in Maine, and I’m a certified sex addition therapist (CSAT). He wanted me to see an NBC Asian America report on the Atlanta-area spa shootings. Specifically, he wanted me to know that the shooter told the Atlanta Police […]

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What Causes Sex Addiction?

Have you ever wondered what causes sex addiction and why it seems to affect some people but not others? The unhealthy and obsessive attachment to sex can affect anyone and take place at any point in a person’s life. But the people involved rarely know why or how the condition occurs or what triggers it.  […]

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