Most often, the word addiction brings to mind addiction to chemical substances such as alcohol or drugs. Although these seem to be the most commonly discussed addictions, they are far from being the only types of addiction that can affect a person’s life. When an addiction centers around a behavior or action versus a substance it is known as a behavioral addiction. Gambling, sex, food, and even self-harm are just a few of the examples of common behavioral addiction. What often makes these behaviors addictive is the immediate reward that is associated with it. This “reward” is a pleasurable one that the individual will seek to repeat over and over again, despite the consequences. Often the consequences to behavioral addiction are negative, as with time they can affect a person’s ability and desire to interact with others socially. It may also cause financial, work-related, and even marital problems. The best way to combat behavioral addiction is to understand what the most common ones are and how they can be treated.
Help for any type of behavioral addiction is out there. Finding the right place to look for help, and making the step to reach out, can save the life of the addict. Call A Forever Recovery today to learn more about behavioral addiction and substance abuse treatment options.