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.