Everyone needs to be loved. It’s God’s will for us to know and experience His unconditional love and have a personal relationship with Him (see John 3:16 and 1 John 4:16). He created us for acceptance, not rejection, and connection, not separation and abandonment.
When we receive God’s love, we can become stable, mature, healed, whole and vibrant individuals and have the great lives He wants us to have. But when people don’t get unconditional love, they end up with damaged emotions, trying to function day to day in their brokenness. And often, the result is an addictive behavior.
An addictive behavior is a habit that’s gone wild or something you can’t do without. We can get addicted to just about anything, from alcohol, cigarettes and drugs, to food and eating disorders. People can also be addicted to pornography, hoarding, gambling, and exercise. Then there are addictions to behaviors like worrying and being indecisive or the need to be approved by others.