Whenever someone hears addiction the words cocaine, heroin, marijuana and alcohol probably come to mind. But lately I’ve realized that the first word that people should think about is not on that list. Think for a second. What is the one thing all humans are addicted to and have convinced themselves that it is completely okay to be addicted to? Love. Love is everywhere. It is a chick flick that your boyfriend doesn’t want to see but is forced to because you’re a girl. It is Valentine’s Day. It is every day of the year. It is with you forever.
Many people would not think of love as an addiction. After all, love can’t kill you…or can it? Think about what “love” does for those that don’t stay together. While you’re falling in love, you don’t eat, you don’t sleep and you don’t do anything but think of that special person. You may not even know them for a long time but you find yourself fantasizing. One could call that insomnia and psychosis. After the break up is the worst part. You go through withdrawal. You eat like crazy, fall asleep crying and still only think about that person. You find it hard to concentrate.
A lot of people go through this process and they aren’t really in love. People that do fall in love are hit the hardest and their withdrawal process can take years and do a lot of damage. People can go from the addiction of love into drug addiction.
I feel as though there should be pamphlets about love addiction in every doctor’s office. It can be just as damaging to your person as any other drug out there. The pamphlet should read…”Love is caused by an extreme attraction between two people. It can be worsen by spending too much time with a person. It is known that love addiction will happen to everyone but knowing how to deal with it is your only protection. Symptoms include: Lack of appetite, insomnia and psychosis. A sign that you are addicted to love and/or a person is that you can’t spend reasonable time apart from each other. The only treatment known for love addiction is distance and time. Expect to cry non-stop for a couple of weeks. The crying should subside but everyone responds differently. Also expect to gain a couple of pounds. Call your health provider if you have suicidal thoughts that last for more than a day.”