Sex. Food. Gambling. Internet. In moderation, these can be enjoyable parts of our lives. But for those who suffer from process addictions, these actions become all-consuming, destroying the addict’s personal care, lifestyle and overall sense of happiness. American Addiction Centers can help you or your loved one overcome this addictive behavior. Call us today at 877-640-1943.
What is a Process Addiction?
A process addiction refers to any compulsive behavior that involves an action that, on its own, is not physically addictive, such as shopping or sex. The lack of a physical addiction separates this condition from alcohol abuse and drug addiction, but process addictions can be still very harmful and should not go untreated.
The list of process addictions is wide-ranging and can include any day-to-day activity that has become overpowering and destructive in an individual’s life. Common process addictions are sex addiction, compulsive gambling, Internet addiction, shopping addition and compulsive eating.
Process addictions are indeed a recognized medical and psychological condition within the mental health community, and are treated as such. Unfortunately, society as a whole — while aware of the dangers of substance abuse — has yet to truly understand the seriousness of process addictions like compulsive eating or web surfing that require immediate, professional intervention.
Video games — often viewed a harmless pastime for children and families — can turn so addictive that the British Psychological Society recently found evidence of increasing numbers of gaming addicts who fail to eat and/or sleep properly because of their obsession with playing. There have been reports of marriages ended, obesity and even death caused by video games — a Korean man died of an exhaustion-related heart attack after playing for 50 hours.
This doesn’t mean, of course, that anyone who picks up a Nintendo Wii controller will become a full-fledged addict… but these cautionary tales show the importance of treating process addictions quickly and aggressively. American Addiction Centers is here to help. Call today at 877-640-1943.
Just because it’s invisible doesn’t mean it’s not harmful.
Gambling addiction, like many process addictions, is often referred to as an “invisible” addiction because gambling addicts don’t exhibit the beer-soaked breath of an alcoholic or the needle marks on the arms of a heroin addict. Despite the lack of physical warning signs, gambling addiction is deadly serious. For example, gambling addicts typically have a higher suicide rate their both drug and alcohol abusers. Gambling addiction also often leaves the addict’s entire family completely bankrupt.
Process addictions can often co-exist with substance abuse.
Many drug addicts and alcoholics also suffer from process addictions which must be addressed as part of an overall recovery strategy. We can connect you to the treatment centers available through American Addiction Centers, where this is done through a comprehensive intake and evaluation procedure that identifies all clients’ treatment needs. The substance abuse and the process addiction are tackled simultaneously using a two-pronged approach similar to the dual diagnosis method of treating mental illness sufferers who also have problems with drugs or alcohol.
No matter your insurance, be it Cigna, Aetna, Humana, Blue Cross / Blue Shield (BCBS), Assurant, Unicare, United Health Care, Anthem, Carefirst, Asuris Northwest Health, Golden Rule, Celtic Insurance, Fortis, Health Net, Kaiser, Vista, Shelter, Wellpoint, Tri Care, Accordia or even Medicare, and state insurance — we can help you find process addictionaddiction treatment. We also offer many affordable self pay options as well as luxury process addiction rehab.