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Process Addiction Treatment

Process Addiction Treatment at Promises

Process addictions to food, gambling, sex and shopping can be as disruptive to a person’s life as an addiction to drugs or alcohol. At Promises, we treat people with process addictions when they co-occur with substance abuse or another mental health condition.

Like substance abuse, process addictions are usually a means of coping with an underlying issue like a mental health disorder, emotional pain or trauma. Our clinicians use a blend of traditional and alternative therapies to help clients explore and heal from the core issues that are driving these disruptive symptoms in their lives. Clients learn healthy coping skills and engage in activities that promote physical and mental health.

About Process Addiction

Process addictions, also called behavioral addictions, involve a psychological dependence on a behavior or activity. Behavioral addictions do not rely on alcohol or drugs, but can often have the same negative impact on lives as addictions to drugs.

As with other types of addiction, process addictions involve loss of control, failed attempts to stop, and a pattern of increasingly negative consequences resulting from the compulsive behavior.

Millions of Americans struggle with process addictions. According to a 2006 Stanford University study, 5.8 percent of Americans are compulsive shoppers, or more than 15 million Americans. The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) reports that around two to three percent of Americans meet the criteria for compulsive gambling. More than 30 million people in the U.S. are thought to have some form of sexual addiction. A study in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking estimates that around 420 million people are addicted to the internet.

Types of Process Addictions

Process addictions are compulsive behaviors around activities, not substances. Common process addictions include:

  • Eating
  • Tanning
  • Gambling
  • Sex
  • Video/Gaming
  • Internet Use

In all of these cases, process addiction treatment may be necessary if an individual is excessively engaging in these activities to the degree that they negatively impact their lives. People with these types of process addictions may also experience withdrawal if they try to stop engaging in the activities, which could include irritability, depressed mood, difficulty concentrating, and obsessive thoughts about the activity.

Do You Need Process Addiction Treatment?

People with process addictions can greatly benefit from behavioral therapies and may also require medication to correct any chemical imbalances. Signs that you may need process addiction treatment include the following:

  • Your life revolves around the compulsive activity
  • Your behavior has negatively impacted your relationship with loved ones
  • You’ve compromised your job, schooling, or other commitments because of the activity
  • You’ve experienced legal trouble as a result of your behavior
  • When you’re not engaging in the activity, you have obsessive thoughts about it
  • You feel controlled by the compulsive activity and have had failed attempts to quit engaging in it on your own

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