Treatment of behavioral addiction

When to go to an inpatient behavioral health clinic or a behavioral wellness retreat? Behavioral addiction or disorder is a non-substance addiction or destructive behavior in which the person is dependent on behavior instead of a physical drug. Several behaviors, besides psychoactive substance abuse, resulting in a temporary and that may engender recurrent behavior despite them causing adverse consequences. These disorders have been conceptualized in different ways throughout their history with recent findings proving that behavioral addictions resemble substance addictions in many aspects. These disorders can relate to the impulsive-compulsive spectrum, with some classified as impulse control disorders.

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Behavioral addiction presents itself in many different forms, the most common of which is the dependency on gambling, gaming, social media, smartphones, work, digital media, shopping, exercise, and many more. Behavioral addiction roots are located predominantly in stress and anxiety disorders, and addictive behaviors serve as a temporary relief to these symptoms. Behavioral therapy, unfortunately, approaches with carelessness by society and is wrongly viewed as a safe form of addiction and many of its forms such as internet addiction are regarded as socially acceptable.

The first step in the journey of healing is to become aware of your addiction and understanding the destructive impact it results in. Our mental health professionals can help you overcome any compulsive thoughts and tendencies and develop healthier ways of dealing with these compulsions. Through advanced therapies, these behaviors can be controlled, allowing those who suffer from these addictions to get back on track and live a healthy life. Each behavioral dependency is different and unique. Correspondingly, our team at THE BALANCE Inpatient Behavioral Health Recovery Retreat Facilities draws an individualized treatment program for a successful and effective recovery. In some cases, people with behavioral addiction can have co-occurring mental issues or substance addiction. In such situations, our specialists employ dual diagnosis and begin to treat the diagnosed conditions at the same time.

Symptoms of behavioral health

Behavioral addiction/disorder symptoms can be hard to notice since they considered tolerable by the majority of people. Among the symptoms that you should look for are:

  • Obsessive thoughts about the behavior.
  • Hiding the behavior from friends and family.
  • Inability to stop engaging in the behavior despite negative consequences, such as failing relationships, health problems, or financial instability.
  • Irritability and restlessness.
  • Isolation.
  • Depression.
  • Withdrawal in the forms of irritability when addiction can’t be engaged in.
  • Guilt.
  • Denial.
  • Lying.

Behavioral Health FAQ

What is a Behavioral Addiction?

Behavioral Addiction is when the addiction is not focused on a substance, but rather on certain behavior. It has many different forms and most are implicit. Shopping, gaming, gambling, work, smartphones, and many others can all be Behavioral Addictions when they exceed the limits and cannot be controlled.

Most of these seem normal, why are they classified as addictions?

The behavior itself isn’t a problem if done properly and within limits. However, when people devote their lives to a certain aspect, it becomes an issue. Addiction starts when the action becomes a source of comfort and happiness. The dependence on this behavior is what makes it an addiction.

How do you treat a Behavioral Addiction?

First comes the awareness that there’s something wrong going on. Then, after reaching out, our mental health professionals will help you overcome any compulsive thoughts and tendencies. We aim to create a new lifestyle for you void of any dependencies. The behaviors can be controlled through advanced therapy and individualized treatment plans. In case of a co-occurring mental issue, we employ dual diagnosis to begin therapy.