Behavioral addictions are often referred to as process addictions or non-substance addictions. This type of addiction can result in many of the same adverse effects as drug and alcohol addictions Furthermore, like drug addiction, behavioral addictions are associated with impulse control. Impulses cause an individual to engage in behaviors compulsively. As a result, this can lead to negative personal consequences that will severely affect a person’s life. Understanding behavioral addictions is vital to providing effective treatment.
Most behavioral addictions are activities in which people participate on a regular and sometimes infrequent basis. For the most part, these behaviors cause extreme unmanageability. Regardless of which behavior a person can’t stop engaging in, overcoming this type of condition usually requires professional behavioral therapy.
When most individuals engage in the behaviors mentioned above, there may be a “rush” or “high” associated with it. A person may be engaging in the behavior to mask difficult emotions, while others simply get addicted to the activity over time. However, not everyone who gambles or plays video games is going to display compulsive and uncontrollable repetition of the behavior. Instead, there are several signs of behavioral addiction, many of which are parallel to the symptoms of drug and alcohol addiction.
The signs of behavioral and substance addictions are very similar in nature. By definition, an addiction is the state of enslavement to a habit or practice of something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming. In behavioral addiction, contrary to some substance dependence, it is the psychological dependence that creates the addiction and related compulsive behaviors.
- Obsession, or constant thoughts of the behavior.
- Continuation of the behavior despite adverse consequences, risky situations, and poor performance of responsibilities.
- Compulsive engagement of the behavior or inability to stop despite a desire to quit.
- Cessation of the behavior causes irritability, cravings to resume the behavior, restlessness, and depression.
- Denial of addiction and issues resulting from the behavior.
- Concealment of the behavior from family and others close to the addict.
- Amnesia regarding the behavior.
- Depression, even when engaging in the behaviors.
Most of these signs are indicative of addiction, regardless of the subject, substances or behaviors.
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When an individual suffers from addiction, there is typically an underlying cause. Like with drugs and alcohol, the most effective means of overcoming addiction is to get to the underlying causes and conditions. Once you identify these and become more aware of your triggers, you can begin to implement healthier coping mechanisms that will improve your quality of life.
At A Forever Recovery, we understand that addiction is most often a symptom of underlying issues. These issues may drive a person to engage in destructive behaviors compulsively. This is why it is imperative to treat the individual and heal the mind, body, and spirit, facilitating the necessary empowerment and awareness to reclaim a happy and healthy life. Our Michigan treatment program is rooted in cognitive behavioral therapies to help achieve these goals, making for a lifestyle free from behavioral or substance addictions.
Any behavior can be addictive and dangerous when a person loses control of his or her impulses. Understanding this gives significant insight into the importance of healing the individual.
If you or a loved one is suffering from a behavioral addiction, please call us now at our toll-free number to speak with one of our trained counselors. We understand how hopeless addiction feels. Call now to learn more about understanding and treating behavioral addictions.