I don't know. See this is where there is more depth to the word.
As for drinking I'll give an example:
- can I stop at one glass - no
- do I need alcohol - no
- have I experienced a blackout - no
- can I live with alcohol in the house and not drink it - yes (so long as it's not wine) although I'm getting better at that, but most definitely cannot leave an open bottle in the fridge (just seems wrong!)
- do I drink myself to the point of passing out - no
- do I drink most days of the week - no
- do I see my drinking as a problem - yes
- has it become a habit - yes e.g. always take wine to a bbq unless I'm driving, or have wine Fri & Sat nights.
See... not so black and white. I've even had people say that by claiming to be one I'm making a mockery out of those who are alcoholics. Am I one because I want to stop my habit (but don't want to look for an alternative way to relax), or am I not one because I can go without it if I choose to? Maybe it's not an addiction, maybe it's a hobby?
Going back to limerence. As much as LO takes over our mind, we can still function knowing
limerence is an illness. The awareness part is what gets me. Like I mentioned, the word 'addiction' is interesting. I'm not entirely sure it is LO we are addicted to. Like alcohol... perhaps its relaxation / avoidance we are addicted to. So then if that's the case. Why am I not addicted to yoga? Can you see where I'm going with this?
LO is just the vehicle that drives addiction. In which case they are not 'special' cos lets face it, we can replace the vehicle. A fascinating topic for sure
Have conquered limerence.
I'm no expert, but have learnt enough to know where to look for answers.