Treatment of behavioural addiction
Behavioural addiction is a non-substance addiction in which the person is dependent on behaviour instead of a physical drug. Several behaviours, besides psychoactive substance abuse, result in a temporary ard that may engender recurrent behaviour despite them causing adverse consequences. These disorders have been conceptualized in different ways throughout its history with recent finding proving that behavioural addictions resemble substance addictions in many aspects. These disorders can relate to the impulsive-compulsive spectrum, with some classified as impulse control disorders.
Behavioural 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. Behavioural addiction roots are located predominantly in stress and anxiety disorders, and addictive behaviours serve as a temporary relief to these symptoms. Behavioural 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 behaviours can be controlled, allowing those who suffer from these addictions to get back on track and live a healthy life. Each behavioural dependency is different and unique. Correspondingly, our team draws individualized treatment for a successful and effective recovery. In some cases, people with behavioural 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.
Behavioural addiction is a term used to describe a physical, psychological and or emotional dependency on an act, ritual, or behaviour. Behavioural 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. Behavioural addiction roots are located predominantly in stress and anxiety disorders, and addictive behaviours serve as a temporary relief to these symptoms.
Behavioural addiction can develop quickly or over a long period. The person loses control and the ability to stop when they had planned to. The behaviour begins to control and manipulate a person’s life. People are often referred to as being an ‘addict’ and having an ‘addiction’ once this pattern of behaviour has taken root. In its most chronic state, the addicts’ main purpose, function and desire are to ‘feed’ the addiction. This cultivates an endless cycle of unhealthy behaviour which triggers an overwhelming sense to ‘use more, more frequently’ to feel satisfied. This ‘using’ behaviour becomes the only means of pleasure or ‘escape’ for the addict.
Eventually, addiction causes an often-devastating impact on all areas of life, resulting in chronic health conditions, poor social engagement, isolation, work problems, family and relationship breakdown, a chaotic lifestyle, debt or financial problems.
Symptoms of behavioural addiction
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