Love Addiction / Love Avoidance

Based on Pia Mellody's ground-breaking work conveyed in her book, Facing Love Addiction.

Workshop Quick Summary

Workshop: Love Addiction/Love Avoidance

Category: Relationships

What: A workshop that addresses the destructive cycles of both the love addict and the love avoidant, teaching them to practice self-love and self-care as they learn to find intimacy with healthy boundaries.

Who: Those who assign too much value to relationships, fear abandonment, neglect their own needs, put up walls to avoid connection, and struggle with an overdeveloped sense of responsibility

Cost: $3,950, which includes meals, evening activities, Brain Center, and gym access (NOTE: Most workshops are now eligible for reimbursement through most insurance plans.)

Lodging: Reserve single or shared on-site rooms


All About This Workshop

Love addicts assign too much value, time, and attention 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. It is a painful process that negatively impacts not only the love addict, but also the individuals with whom he or she is in relationships.

Conversely, the love avoidant systematically uses relational walls during intimate contact in order to prevent feeling overwhelmed by the other person, associating “love” with duty or work. The love avoidant’s greatest fear is that of vulnerability, which is explored throughout the workshop. During this process, authenticity is encouraged, and an overdeveloped sense of responsibility is released.

In this workshop, based on Pia Mellody’s groundbreaking book Facing Love Addiction, self-love and self-care are enhanced while a tolerance for feeling is instilled. The focus is on interrupting the destructive cycles of both the love addict and the love avoidant, helping them learn to find intimacy with healthy boundaries.

Cost: $3,950 (Workshops are private pay, but most are now eligible for reimbursement through most insurance plans.)

This workshop includes:

  • meals
  • evening activities (yoga, tai chi, auricular acupuncture, live music)
  • 12-Step meeting
  • Brain Center access
  • gym access

Lodging and Transportation

Lodging is available at the Rio Retreat Center on a first-come, first-served basis. Rooms are simply appointed and designed to be conducive to the process of healing and recovery. We offer both shared and private rooms. For those staying on campus, transportation will be available from and to the Phoenix airport with three convenient pickup times. Details will be sent with your confirmation email upon completion of the sign-up process.

The Fine Print:

Workshop groups run Monday through Friday from approximately 8:30 am to 4 pm. The schedule is somewhat flexible to accommodate the size of the group and the group process. Evening programming is provided after dinner. The Rio Retreat Center campus is strictly alcohol-and drug-free, and we have a dress code, cell phone, and smoking policy.

For more details about this workshop and to register, please contact us to speak to a Workshop Coordinator.


Love Addiction/Love Avoidance Workshop

Jan 15 - Jan 19, 2024

Feb 5 - Feb 9, 2024

Mar 4 - Mar 8, 2024

Apr 1 - Apr 5, 2024

May 13 - May 17, 2024

Jun 10 - Jun 14, 2024

Jul 8 - Jul 12, 2024

Aug 5 - Aug 9, 2024

Sept 9 - Sept 13, 2024

Oct 7 - Oct 11, 2024

Nov 4 - Nov 8, 2024

Dec 2 - Dec 6, 2024