What is a Behavioural Addiction?
A behavioural addiction is where there is an addiction present but no substances are involved. Behavioural addictions are increasingly being referred to as Process addictions and Impulse Control Disorder.
A behavioural addiction is centred on a compulsion to engage in a specific action or behaviour regardless of the consequences to the sufferer and to others. The compulsion is so overpowering that the sufferer engages, even when it means there is a personal cost, whether it be physical, mental or financial.
A behavioural addiction can be just as destructive as a substance related addiction. It is an illness that needs professional treatment to overcome.
Examples of Behavioural Addictions
There are some common examples of behavioural addictions that are more well-known than others. Examples such as Gambling, Gaming, Internet, Spending, Shopping, Sex, Porn, Work. There are many more. Some less well known behavioural addictions are Collecting, Hoarding, Compulsive lying, Facebook, Phone checking, Virtual relationships. The list is by no means definitive or exhaustive and many individuals vulnerable to addiction can have multiple behavioural and substance misuse issues, this is often known as Cross Addiction.
Can a Behavioral Addiction be Treated in a Rehab Clinic?
The answer to this is simply “yes”. Just because there is no substance involved, does not mean that your addiction cannot be treated as if it were a substance. The recovery process begins with abstinence, then rehabilitation, aftercare care and maintenance. Every individual who enters a rehab facility is required to stop the substance or behaviour that they are addicted to. The staff at the rehab clinic will fully support you in this. The process of rehabilitation consists of therapeutic treatment. Just like an individual with a substance addiction, a sufferer with a behavioural addiction needs to explore and deal with the issues that are underpinning the addiction. The action or behaviour is simply a manifestation of something much deeper.
How else can a Behavioural Addiction be Treated?
Behavioural addictions can be successfully treated with therapy and counselling in the community. However for a more chronic condition, inpatient in a rehab to achieve abstinence first, is preferred. There are support groups that are also useful in addressing and supporting those with behavioural addictions.
How can Addiction Helper Help with my Behavioural Addiction?
Addiction Helper can assess your condition and recommend a suitable course of treatment. We can provide you with the rehab clinic that is right for you to undergo your treatment at and arrange for appropriate aftercare. Where there is no funding available for treatment, we can advise you what is available on the NHS and sign post you accordingly