Most associate addiction with substances like drugs and alcohol, however it is also possible to suffer from a behavioural addiction – some become addicted to the internet, gambling and sex.
These may seem like normal recreational activities, so many don’t think that those addicted are really struggling.
But, they experience ‘high’ so strong that the individual has to engage with the activity at all times, despite negative impacts to their social, professional and personal life.
A behavioural addiction follows the same pattern as a substance addiction – cravings, withdrawal and long-term effects if they are not treated.
Here is a list of some of the behavioural addictions:
- Gambling addiction
- Sex addiction
- Internet addiction
- Shopping addiction
- Food addiction
- Exercise addiction
- Work addiction
- Gaming addiction
How to spot behavioural addictions:
Here are some warning signs to help you spot behavioural addictions in your own behaviour, or someone else’s:
- Spending most of the time doing, thinking about doing, or planning to engage in the behaviour
- Depending on the behaviour as a coping mechanism
- Continuing despite harmful effects
- Wanting to stop, but not being able to
- Experiencing withdrawal
- Hiding the problem
A behavioural addiction can be a very hard thing to own up to, but it is important to seek help to help you recover and regain control and balance in your life.
Seek help by attending a residential rehab clinic.
How is behavioural addiction treated?
There are many forms of treatment and therapy that is used to combat behavioural addiction.
The type of treatment will depend on the individual needs and addiction.
Usually, there will be a combination of the following:
- CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
- Self-help and 12-step groups
- Group therapy
- Family and relationship counselling
- Individual counselling
Recovery is possible – with the right support network, you will be able to regain your life, and continue happily.