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Not all addictions involve ingesting a substance. In fact, behavioral health problems can cause as much if not more damage to the health, finance and livelihoods of those affected.

Basic Assessment for Behavioural Addictions:

  • The person struggles with mental health or physical health issues as a consequence of the behavior and/or the inability to stop.

  • The person has difficulties in significant relationships at home and, in some cases, at work because the behavior is so disruptive.

  • The person experiences other negative consequences that are directly caused by continued, extreme, or chronic engagement in the behaviour. For example, a person with a gambling addiction may gamble away the house, lose a job, and be forced into bankruptcy due to the extreme nature of the gambling.

  • The person is unable to stop engaging in the behaviour despite these consequences. 




What are Behavioural Addictions?

Behavioural Addictions are when someone participates in an activity to the point where it negatively affects their lives, and they are unable to stop doing so. The compulsion to do the activity gets in the way of the addict's ability to sleep, work, or have meaningful personal relationships. The good news treatment is powerful tool to learn how to manage behavior addictions and learn new skills to recover.

Some Behavioural Addictions:

Gambling Addiction

Many people enjoy trying their luck in a game of chance. There is a certain rush" associated with the possibility of winning. When this behaviour become compulsive and the gambler can't control whether they "want" to continue playing, they are dealing with a full-blown addiction.

Food Addiction

Do you eat to live or live to eat? Not only do we need nutrition to keep our bodies  functioning properly, but eating is a very pleasurable experience. The sight, smell, and taste of food are all part of it. What and how much we choose to eat can affect the brain and is part of the reason some people become addicted to it.

Sex Addiction

You may not have thought of it like this, but sex is a mind-altering experience. Being a sex addict isn't the same as having a high sex drive, although some addicts do act out regularly on their impulses. When you get caught up in sexual behaviors to zone out or get a high rather than to intimately connect with your partner, you are a sex addict.

Love Addiction

Love addiction isn't about love at all. It has to do with the addict's need to be in a relationship or to hang onto the person they have fixed on at all costs. As a result, they strive to become the person they think their partner wants, up to and including tolerating bad behaviour and abuse. Other love addicts can't let go of the relationship and become stalkers.

Porn Addiction

When a person's interest in looking at pornographic images goes from something that is a part of their life to the focus of a good portion of their time and energy, they are in the midst of a porn addiction. Some people spend hours or days at a time looking at or thinking about porn, which influences their real-world relationships.

Work Addiction

From the time we are children, a lot of us are taught that working hard is something desirable. When we are looking for work, we want to impress the employer with the fact that we are responsible and will diligently perform our duties if hired. The slippery slope from wanting to do well on the job and work addiction starts when work becomes the focus on the person's life and the persons can't stop thinking or obsessing about work.

Exercise Addiction

An exercise addiction is another example of someone participating in an activity  that when done in moderation is considered a good thing. Over time, the person with this kind of addiction issue starts to behave compulsively around exercise. They work out longer, and more intensely, than is required to be fit or to train for a sport.

Video Game Addiction

Video game addiction occurs when playing is no longer simply a pleasant way to spend one's time. When game use gets to the point where it becomes more important to the player than work or school and their personal relationships, it's one of the red flags that may indicate an addiction problem.

Shopping Addiction

We live in a consumer-driven society and spending is what drives the economy. For a person with a shopping addiction, the urge to spend is out of control. They use shopping to cope with anxiety or stress, which can lead to some severe financial consequences if it isn't brought under control.