Addicted to Love: Understanding Dependencies of the Heart: Romance, Relationships, and Sex

Addicted to Love: Understanding Dependencies of the Heart: Romance, Relationships, and Sex

by Stephen Arterburn

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ISBN-13: 9780830733767
Publisher: Gospel Light Publications
Publication date: 06/15/2003
Pages: 307
Product dimensions: 6.06(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments11
Introduction13
1.Marisa's Story19
People Addictions25
Victims of Passion26
The Root Addiction?27
2.Hooked on Romance29
Nicholas' Story35
An Addiction with Many Forms45
The Addiction Cycle47
The Pursuit of an Illusion52
Running from Intimacy53
Taking Hostages54
Search without Commitment55
3.Hooked on Relationships57
Addicted to Attachment64
Addiction or Codependency?66
Roots of Relationship Addiction67
Relationship Addicts and Sex Addicts72
Characteristics of a Relationship Addict74
The Addiction Cycle80
4.Hooked on Sex87
Can Sex Really Be Addictive?102
Paradoxes of Sex Addiction105
Parallels to Other Addictions107
Marks of Addictive Sex108
Sources and Origins of Sex Addiction110
Not a Cop-Out113
Levels of Addiction115
The Addiction Cycle126
5.Origins of People Addictions131
Filling the Void133
How Addictions Develop135
The Core Issue: Intimacy136
Recovery: All or Nothing140
Male and Female Differences145
Family Ties147
Three Key Family Traits155
The Way Out158
6.What Keeps the Addict Addicted?161
Addiction: A View from the Inside164
Other Addictions176
The Element of Risk178
Staying Addicted181
The End of the Line186
7.Living with Addiction189
Sacrifices on the Altar of Addiction201
Red Flags of Sex Addiction205
To the Wives of Sex Addicts208
8.Recovery: From the Bottom Up215
Principles of Recovery216
Practical Aspects of Recovery238
Spiritual Growth244
9.Healthy Love249
Staying Sober250
Healthy Hearts252
Healthy Relationships253
Hope for the Broken-Hearted261
Appendix AFamily History Questionnaire263
Appendix BRomance and Relationship Addiction Skills List273
Appendix CRelationship Addiction Inventory277
Appendix DSexual Addiction Assessment281
Bibliography287
Study Guide288

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Addicted to Love: Understanding Dependencies of the Heart, Romance, Relationships, and Sex... 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
MarieFriesen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Addicted to "Love" describes the many forms this addiction can take. Like alcoholics or drug addicts, love addicts get high on sex and romance and need ever-greater doses to keep going. Stephen Arterburn examines this addiction--who it afflicts and what you can do if you suspect that your spouse, friend, or family member may be suffering from it. With compassion and wisdom, Arterburn points the way to psychological and spiritual healing that can enable men and women to enjoy real and lasting intimacy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My therapist suggested this book. I thought it would be an interesting read, which it was. But it also turned out to be life-changing. I never knew that I was addicted to relationships but I swore that Arterburn was writing about me throughout that whole chapter. The book also includes a study guide which is helpful. You or someone you know needs this book.