The Meadows will offer a Love Addiction/Love Avoidance Workshop the week of June 18 from 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday at The Meadows' campus. This workshop is based on Pia Mellody's groundbreaking work on the compulsive behaviors of love addicts and love avoidants.
During the workshop the characteristic of the love addict and love avoidant are explored. Love addicts experience abandonment and neglect in childhood, causing them to assign too much time, attention and value to another person, while neglecting to care for or value themselves. Focus on the partner is obsessive, and fear of abandonment drives the obsession. Love addicts can be addicted to anyone: lover, spouse, friend, parent or child. By comparison, the love avoidant was smothered or enmeshed in childhood, for example, a parent who was domineering or used the child as a confidante or surrogate spouse.
"Love addicts create fantasies and they live in fantasy rather than reality. They make up a fantasy about who the other person is and have unrealistic expectations about what it means to be relational," said Gail Yaw, Director of Workshops at The Meadows and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. "The love avoidant's fear is "if I let you get close, you'll take me over."
Attending a Meadows' workshop offers an individual many benefits. A workshop can be a cost-effective alternative when long-term treatment is not an option. Individuals who cannot be away from their work or families for an extended period of time can attend a workshop and work on sensitive issues in a five-day concentrated format. This allows individuals to jump start their personal recovery by gaining insight into patterns and practicing new relational skills within a safe environment.
For more information about The Meadows' Love Addiction/Love Avoidance Workshop and other workshops offered by The Meadows, please contact Heidi Dike-Kingston at (866) 856-1279 or visit www.themeadows.com.
For over 35 years, The Meadows has been a leading trauma and addiction treatment center. In that time, they have helped more than 20,000 patients in one of their three inpatient centers and 25,000 attendees in national workshops. The Meadows world-class team of Senior Fellows, Psychiatrists, Therapists and Counselors treat the symptoms of addiction and the underlying issues that cause lifelong patterns of self-destructive behavior. The Meadows, with 24 hour nursing and on-site physicians and psychiatrists, is a Level 1 psychiatric hospital that is accredited by the Joint Commission.