NEW YORK (WLNY) — Relationships — whether personal or professional — play an important role in our lives.
But some relationships can end up being toxic, and it’s not always easy to end them.READ MORE: 18-Year-Old Saadiq Teague Arrested After Being Spotted With AK-47 At Times Square Subway Station
Family therapist, Dr. Paul Hokemeyer, visited the Couch to talk with us about what this can mean for you.
Does your relationship drain you? Do you constantly feel off-base? Are you always on the defensive?
These are all signs you could be in a toxic relationship. Check yourself for signs of what Hokemeyer calls “relationship addiction” signs.READ MORE: COVID Vaccine In New York: Walk-In Appointments Offered To All New Yorkers Over 50 At City-Run Sites
“We can get addicted to relationships in the same way we get addicted to substances,” he said. “When we get love, acceptance and validation, our bodies and minds respond in ways that mirror the same endorphin rush that a person gets from cocaine.”
This drug-like addiction is what makes toxic relationships so hard to break away from.
“We think we need the approval, validation and love of a person who once gave it to us. We keep chasing the original high, hoping it will come back to us,” Hokemeyer said.
“We deny the truth of the situation, because it’s painful.”MORE NEWS: Discarded Tombstone Spotted On Empty Lot Raising Questions In Paramus
Be willing to admit there is an issue, limit your time and exposure to certain people who trigger negative emotions in you, and believe in yourself that you fill find a more loving place.