Behavioral Addictions

What is Behavioral Addiction?

People engage in different activities or behaviors that can be enjoyed in moderation. However, the compulsion to do them repeatedly to maintain the serotonin high it brings could result in behavioral or process addiction.

Behavioral addiction is characterized as the urge to deliberately participate in an activity that could be detrimental to a person’s mental or physical health. Just like being addicted to a substance, the person carries out certain actions at unhealthy levels to produce calming feelings. Some examples of behavioral addiction are compulsive gambling, dating/sex, shopping, and eating. The desire to experience euphoria from the activity becomes so strong that the individual can’t resist engaging in it despite its negative consequences.

Oftentimes, people with behavioral addictions may suffer losses that can be too much to bear. Compulsive behaviors could drive a person into debt, disrupt their ability to function, and break apart relationships. That said, if you or someone you care about has a behavioral disorder, it is important to seek help from a qualified professional.

Reclaim Your Life

Behavioral addictions can be just as destructive as drug and alcohol addiction. As such, this condition should be treated promptly to prevent the devastating effects it can have on work, school, family, or social life. By surrounding yourself with the right people and resources, you can beat addiction and avoid relapse.

People who are suffering from process addiction can undergo treatments. Clinicians have developed a range of approaches to control negative thoughts and change bad behavioral patterns. Dr. Andrei Dokukin can tailor a treatment plan that will address your specific problem areas. This can pave the way for your lasting recovery. Contact us now!

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