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SLAA deals instead with sex alongside love, under the umbrella of “intimacy anorexia”.
No doubt many people will find the concept of being addicted to love difficult to grasp, not least because love as an entity is intangible and ultimately indefinable.
Many media narratives would have us believe that, given our “isolating society”, sex and love addiction are growing disorders.
But are supposed addictions to sex and love simply an attempt to "diagnose" what were previously natural human nuances?
Sexual promiscuity serves to hide an avoidance of intimacy.SLA 12-steppers are often desperate to be "completed" by someone else, seeking this connection compulsively and inappropriately despite negative social, psychological or physical consequences.As with other addictions, withdrawal, dependence and tolerance build.It is not limited to disallowing oneself nurture via food, but can also present as an inability to receive nurture through authentic love and intimacy.If we look at children, genuine human connections are imperative to normal development, just as food is.
The addict is "dependent" on a partner for validation, a pattern which may hold sufferers in abusive relationships, or lead them to coerce or bully their partner into satisfying their needs.