Is there a word for the concept of being unable to leave a place, or end a condition, which you find pleasurable, rewarding, safe, etc...?

All the words I can think of for 'unable to leave' seem negative, e.g. trapped, imprisoned, stuck, ensnared.

Example: "We spent every cent on our dream house, and we are finally in Palm Springs."

  • What do you think of positively addicted? That was the first thing to pop into my mind. Jun 3, 2018 at 1:05
  • ensconced?
    – Dan Bron
    Jun 3, 2018 at 1:07
  • captivated? engrossed? It'd be better if you provided us with a sample sentence to show how the word you're looking for is going to be used. As you can see, a lot of words can fit your description depending on the context. Jun 3, 2018 at 1:10
  • Thanks! Ensconced and Engrossed are good; closer than anything I could think up. I suppose there might not be a perfect word for this, because having no option to leave/change is something kind of inherently bad.
    – Stewii
    Jun 3, 2018 at 1:19
  • Positively Addicted is good, too, but I'm really hunting for a single word.
    – Stewii
    Jun 3, 2018 at 1:20

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The two very similar words that I can think of are the following:


so interested or involved in something that you think about nothing else


He was so engrossed in his book that he didn’t hear her come in.


very interested in something and not paying attention to anything else


Simon was so absorbed in his book that he didn't even notice me come in.

  • I think 'engrossed' takes the grand prize. Thanks!
    – Stewii
    Jun 4, 2018 at 17:46

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