I have been in one relationship after another where I get treated really badly but I stay because I do not want to be alone. Do I have some kind of love addiction or relationship addiction?

There are many people who go

There are many people who go through this over fear of being alone. We all do it. Even though the situation is not ideal we stay because we fear there may not be anything else better out there.

Ironically, I agree that

Ironically, I agree that you're not alone in not wanting to be alone. I know I've made a lot of decisions that, looking back on them, were based almost completely on not wanting to be alone. I wouldn't call it a love addiction or relationship addiction, but I can see how that's not necessarily an inappropriate description...you are doing something over and over again despite its negative consequences. And it's a hard cycle to break out of--maybe as hard as quitting an addiction.

I think, though, if you tried being alone for a little while it wouldn't be as bad as you fear. And just because you're not in a relationship doesn't mean you are actually alone--having good friends can be as rewarding as a relationship, or even more so. I think that too often we stay in a bad relationships out of fear of being alone, but the bad relationship ends up hurting our friendships with other people--making us even more alone. I say keep the friends and dump the relationship!

-V-

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