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Is it Possible to Love Someone too Much?
If you feel exhausted from your relationship with someone suffering from addiction, this might be something you need to hear.
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Falling in love with someone struggling with addiction can feel like falling in love with someone's potential. We recognize their goodness. And we believe if they get sober, we will be so happy together. Forever.
At the beginning of our relationship, we might not have understood the depths of their addiction, but if we were honest, most of us saw some red flags.
So why did we continue our relationships despite the warning signs? And why do we stay when we start to hear the whispers in our souls telling us it might be time to leave?
I have a theory…
Perhaps it's because we are hopeful romantics who believe love can cure all.
And maybe we secretly hope our love will "inspire" them to get sober for good.
The longer we are in our relationship, the more desperate our attempts to love them become.
We behave like their mothers, lovers, therapists, and best friends, hoping all our exhausting efforts and role-playing heal them back to healthy and sober.
And when our love "fails," and we are exhausted with nothing left to give - we are often left blaming ourselves.
Regardless of the origin of their addiction, we must stop considering ourselves as their Doctor, Therapist, Mother, or any other role that is leaving us depleted.
I am a fan of love, but unlike the movies or popular self-help authors have claimed, love does not always cure-all.
Let's keep some love for ourselves instead of trying to cure someone with our love and hurting ourselves in the process.
How are you feeling this week? What’s going on in your relationship? This is a safe place to ask questions, share little (or big) wins and encourage one another.