When people often think of addictions, they may consider drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes as top concerns. Pornography addiction is often talked about, and many people have heard of gambling addictions as well. However, addiction is much vaster than the few examples previously described. Process addictions are compulsive behaviors such as shopping, gambling, sexual activity, working, internet surfing, hoarding, video gaming, tanning, and more. Such as with drugs and alcohol, process addictions often fulfill a void of emotional pain that a person is experiencing. There are several signs to tell if you or someone else suffers from process addiction:

  1. Preoccupation with the behavior
  2. Diminished ability to control the behavior
  3. Building up a tolerance to the behavior so that it is needed more often or in greater intensity to get the desired effect.
  4. Experiencing withdrawal if the behavior is avoided or resisted.
  5. Experiencing adverse symptoms such as depression or anxiety if the behavior is avoided or resisted.

Process addictions are often overlooked and overshadowed by physical addictions such as substance or drug addiction. Many people feel that their compulsive behavior helps them deal with a deeper emotional issue, but that is not the case. Process addictions are just like physical addictions – they provide short term numbness but do not solve those deep-rooted concerns. Taking responsibility and asking for help are the first steps towards recovering from a process addiction.

If you or a loved one suffers from this, there are several tools used to treat process addictions. An important note is that even if someone suffers from a process addiction and a physical addiction such as alcoholism, both addictions should be treated. Thankfully, there are many integrative treatment centers for people to work with.

Therapy is a great option because it allows you to speak with someone about your problems and work together to develop tools that will help you succeed. Residential treatment facilities are another option, which will provide you with housing and food while you recover. In this facility, you will learn more about your addiction and how it impacts your life, as well as develop tools to recover successfully from it. Outpatient therapy provides you with the ability to receive weekly help while also maintaining your home and work responsibilities. Group sessions are often offered so that you can converse with others who suffer from a similar addiction.

If you suffer from a process addiction, do not be afraid or ashamed. Many people suffer from this and you are not alone. There are many resources available to help you, all you must do is call a doctor and therapist to begin your journey to recovery.


Recovery is yours when you start to do the work. At a treatment facility in the New Vista Behavioral Health family, you will be supported with staff and programming held to higher standards, providing exceptional care for better outcomes. Life is yours for living. Start making a change today by calling: 888-316-3665


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