This is truly one of my passions– treating behavioral addictions. Behavior or process addictions actually activate the same pleasure pathways in the brain as substance addictions do… and they can be just as much if not more difficult to manage! This might include sex, porn, gaming, shopping, gambling, relationships… really, the possibilities are endless.
Remember that there are some hallmarks of addiction to remember:
- Perceived loss of control over the behavior
- Obsessing about it
- Continued use despite negative consequences
- Tolerance/withdrawal (e.g., severe anxiety/discomfort when you can’t engage in the behavior)
Check out the latest blog I crafted about this important topic. Click here.
And truly, I think everyone is at least a little bit addicted to something.