Addicted To Love: How To Spot A Love Addict With Sherry Gaba

Nov 23, 2022

Sherry Gaba is a licensed psychotherapist and life coach who helps people cope with codependency, love addiction, toxic relationships, and mental health issues. She is a single mother and once her daughter was old enough she made the decision to go back to school to receive her Masters of Social Work from the University of Southern California. Among her many accolades, she’s also a leading expert on addiction and recovery and has appeared on TV shows like VH1’s Celebrity Rehab, Inside Edition, and has also been featured in publications like Cosmo and Women’s Health (just to name a few!)

We are so excited to have her on the show today to talk all about toxic relationships, love addiction, and codependency. We’re diving into the top things that define a toxic relationship, what it means to “love bomb” someone, and how to know whether you might be a love addict. This is a must listen for anyone in a relationship!


All about Sherry’s story and how she came to do the work she does. [3:35]

What love addiction can look like. [8:50]

The signs of being in a toxic relationship. [9:45]

The different types of trauma. [15:00]

What it means to love bomb someone. [21:10]

The difference between a narcissist and an addict. [25:35]



  • You should not have to give up parts of yourself in a relationship.

  • Don’t settle.

  • Know the signs of a toxic relationship.

  • Work out your issues.

  • Don’t feel ashamed of your journey.



“You know you’re in a toxic relationship when you give up parts of yourself.” - Sherry Gaba

“When you’re desperate for attention you’re going to end up settling a lot.” - Sherry Gaba

"A love addict is often a codependent but you can be a codependent without being a love addict.” - Sherry Gaba

“The highest proportion of people that end up in toxic relationships usually have some issues that have not been worked out.” - Sherry Gaba

“If you ask me why I do what I do, it’s to take away the shame.” - Sherry Gaba



[4:55 - 5:50] The reasons we make the choices that we do.

[11:30 - 11:40] Attracting narcissism as a love addict.

[20:40 - 21:00] The pitfalls of personal development.




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