Process addictions can be defined as obsessive thoughts that cause people to act compulsively. There are three types of process addictions: impulse control disorders, behavioural addictions, and paraphilias. These behavioural addictions can be treated with therapy or medication, and here at PROMIS, we are experts at treating them; continue reading to know everything about these addictions, including signs, causes, and treatment options.
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Process addictions are defined by compulsive behaviours that allow individuals to escape from stress or discomfort, leading to a cycle of addiction that can often start to take over life. These addictions are driven by the urge to repeatedly engage in a behaviour despite experiencing negative outcomes. The patterns observed in these types of addictions are similar to those seen in substance addictions although the consequences and treatment will vary depending on the kind of addiction that the individual faces. Recognised globally as a mental health condition, the need to provide effective behavioural addiction treatment and support for these conditions is paramount.
The causes of these mental health disorders depend on various factors. Addictive behaviours can stem from boredom, loneliness, stress relief or even just recreational and fun activities. For many people, these actions don’t generally become problems; however, they can become issues for those with addictive personalities who are unable to control their actions. Process addictions come in all shapes and sizes; therefore, the causes manifest from multiple reasons – understanding these conditions individually is vital to determining the best way to treat the problem.
While there is an exhaustive list of these issues, the most common types are mentioned here on this page. Here at PROMIS, we treat a wide range of addictions and mental health issues; however, here are some of the most typical cases we encounter at our process addiction and substance abuse rehab.
Shopping addiction is the uncontrollable urge to purchase. This can manifest in the action of buying physical items in shops or purchasing things online. This particular addiction generally has financial implications and negative psychological effects on the individual.
Food addiction has a huge impact on physical health. Although this condition is psychological, where the individual feels the need to eat constantly, this addiction has severe implications for self-esteem and confidence for most addicts. Behavioural addictions that revolve around food can also manifest as eating disorders such as bulimia, anorexia and other complications that negatively impact the individual, causing serious health problems.
Gambling has effects on various parts of an individual’s life, ranging from financial troubles to losing family members and relationships. Although there are not so many direct effects on physical health, the stress from developing a gambling habit can lead individuals toward a life of depression and anxiety.
Sex or pornography addiction also has its consequences. This addiction may cause the rupture of intimate relationships, affect the individual psychologically or even cause sexually transmitted infections. There are also other related addictions that fall in this category, such as love addictions. The best thing to do if you feel you have an addiction is to contact PROMIS for a free assessment to evaluate your condition and find the best treatment plan that suits your needs.
Gaming addictions have risen dramatically over the years, not just in adults, but have also affected children and teenagers, causing significant distress among families. Much like substance addictions, there are various treatment options for gaming addictions and all the above mentioned here at PROMIS.
Process addiction symptoms come in many forms and are dependent on the specific addiction. If you think you may be struggling with behavioural addiction, we have listed some of the general symptoms that arise in most cases here.
The behaviour is engaged in processing emotions.
The behaviour is used to avoid problems, such as gambling to escape reality or drinking alcohol during difficult times.
The behaviour replaces other activities that are considered healthy.
The behaviour is engaged in to avoid feeling negative emotions, such as when an individual participates in excessive eating to avoid feeling depressed.
The behaviour is engaged in as a way of improving mood, such as compulsively shopping to feel better.
The behaviour is engaged as a way of relieving tension, such as using drugs or alcohol to numb the stress from work.
The behaviour becomes a constant habit, even when it’s no longer pleasurable.
The behaviour is engaged in to avoid or manage withdrawal symptoms, such as using drugs to prevent nausea and discomfort.
If you’re engaging in addictive behaviours, the risk factor can be significant. Addiction can lead to multiple issues, including drug and alcohol abuse and co-occurring mental health problems. Experiencing any of the above symptoms may signify the need for a treatment programme to help you overcome the addiction.
At PROMIS, we’re recognised as a leading behavioural addiction rehab in the UK. We provide an array of treatments and modalities that address both physical and psychological aspects of process addictions. Behavioural rehab may seem daunting at first; however, addictions don’t heal themselves and quite often require addiction help to resolve not only the problem at hand but any underlying issues that may be contributing to it.
At PROMIS, we believe in treating the whole person. Our behavioural addiction treatment programmes provide an array of therapies that focus on the causes of behavioural addiction and underlying mental health problems. Here are some of our therapies.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a fundamental part of our treatment approach, which is highly effective for those struggling with process addictions. It enables individuals to comprehend the thoughts and emotions that impact their behaviours and equips them with the necessary tools to modify negative patterns. CBT is a vital component in the treatment of a wide range of mental disorders related to process addictions, providing effective strategies to manage urges and sustain recovery.
Individual Therapy: Our addiction therapy sessions focus on one-on-one discussions with our therapists. This provides time to talk about your issues in a private setting and release some of your inner stresses, bringing a sense of relief and a weight off your shoulders.
Group Therapy: These sessions involve groping people together who have similar issues. Here, you share your experiences with others, bringing a sense of camaraderie and acknowledgement that you are not alone in your struggle.
Family Therapy: Addiction involves families most of the time. PROMIS believes that by including family members in therapy sessions, everyone affected can learn healthy coping mechanisms that contribute to leading a healthy life away from addiction.
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