• Dr. Lauren D. Costine

Join The Finding Freedom LGBTQ Symposium!


Are you prepared to treat the new generation

of people with co-occurring disorders?

Learn from 30 experts at the Finding Freedom LGBTQ Symposium

January 13-15, 2017

Riviera Hotel • Palm Springs, CA

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18 CE credits for therapists, addiction professionals and psychologists

Join me on January 13th from 10:00am-11:30am for Breakout Sessions 1.5 CEC Royal l ––Lesbian Love Addiction: Understanding the Urge to Merge and How to Heal When Things Go Wrong Everyone makes mistakes in relationships at one time or another. Sometimes they learn from those mistakes. Other times, they return to those behaviors and cycle through failed relationship after failed relationship. Sometimes those behaviors become an addiction to love that may leave a person feeling unhappy, unfulfilled, lonely, or worse. LesbianLove Addiction: Understanding the Urge to Merge and How to Heal When Things Go Wrong makes visible the elements of love addiction that many lesbians suffer from. Love addiction for lesbians comes in many forms. Some struggle by sexually acting out and others are serial relationship junkies, jumping from one relationship into the next. Some are addicted to the high of falling in love and once that wears off don’t know how to handle the day-to-day realities of a committed relationship. Some may avoid intimate or sexual relationships altogether while still wanting love. Some may even vacillate between all of these. The underlying component and common denominator in all of these scenarios is the “urge to merge.”

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