The desire for a relationship to work out is discouraging when it starts to unravel due to barriers in communication, sexual intimacy, and varying idiosyncrasies. There are solutions, and it isn’t a foregone conclusion that you live life in an unfulfilled relationship, having to end a current relationship, or without a partner at all. The solution may be the lens from which you are viewing the relationship. In the Love Addiction/ Love Avoidance Workshop designed by Pia Mellody, Senior Fellow at The Meadows, participants have an in-depth opportunity to learn about the dynamics that perpetuate problematic relations and how to take corrective action.

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The desire for a relationship to work out is discouraging when it starts to unravel due to barriers in communication, sexual intimacy, and varying idiosyncrasies. There are solutions, and it isn’t a foregone conclusion that you live life in an unfulfilled relationship, having to end a current relationship, or without a partner at all. The solution may be the lens from which you are viewing the relationship. In the Love Addiction/ Love Avoidance Workshop designed by Pia Mellody, Senior Fellow at The Meadows, participants have an in-depth opportunity to learn about the dynamics that perpetuate problematic relations and how to take corrective action.

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What’s Love Got To Do With It?

By Jean Collins LCSW, LISAC, CSAT, Executive Director of Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows

What is love addiction and love avoidance and what does it have to do with love anyway? For women who struggle with self-defeating relationship patterns, things can get very muddy in this area. Fortunately for women whose lives have become unmanageable, Willow House at The Meadows offers an intimate inpatient treatment experience to help them regain control.

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Love Addiction: Myth vs. Reality

By Caroline Becker, LISAC, LAC
Therapist, The Meadows Outpatient Center

Pia Mellody defines love addiction as: “A condition in which individuals…are attracted to somebody who will neglect the relationship.” This creates a co-dependent love dance that is unhealthy, frustrating and debilitating to the love addict, yet they remain entrenched in a fantasy of what was or what might be.

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By Alexandra Katehakis, Ph.D.(c), MFT, CST-S, CSAT-S, Senior Fellow at The Meadows

For decades, researchers have struggled to define the unconscious processes of irrational love paramount in myths and fairy tales. Lovers in these stories are portrayed as love struck, driven to tantrums or immature behavior, wholly bewitched by the spell of the beloved. The psychologically tormented, unstable duo is incapable of secure, mature love, rendering them unable to function until they are driven to insanity and, at times, even to death.

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