A new study finds the brain reacts to passionate love the same way it does powerful drugs.
Researchers at Stanford University recruited 15 students in the early stages of a romantic relationship.
The students did not feel as much pain from a device that progressively got hotter and hotter as the experiment went on...if those students were looking at pictures of their loved ones.
Brain scans taken during the experiment proved "that loving feeling" truly is addicting.
"They are exactly the same systems that are involved when people are using cocaine or heroin" says Dr. Sean Mackey.
It's also the same system triggered by potent painkillers.
So does this mean you should start a new relationship every time you have a headache?
Experts say there's an easier way to find relief.
"Try to find pleasure in the things that you do, whether it be being with the one you love or listening to wonderful music," Dr. Mackey says.
Only young couples were included in the study.
Researchers say the love shared between those in a long-term relationship may not trigger pain relief, but it does provide other benefits.