Abstract Recent research suggests that romantic love can be literally addictive. The broad view, by contrast, counts even basic social attachment as being on a spectrum of addictive motivations, underwritten by similar neurochemical processes as more conventional addictions. We argue that on either understanding of love-as-addiction, treatment decisions should hinge on considerations of harm and well-being rather than on definitions of disease. Implications for the ethical use of anti-love biotechnology are considered. We need attachment to survive and we instinctively seek connection, especially romantic connection. Love can be thrilling, but it can also be perilous. When our feelings are returned, we might feel euphoric. Lovers can become distracted, unreliable, unreasonable, or even unfaithful. In the worst case, they can become deadly.
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