For the most part, when people think about addictions, they tend to think about drugs and alcohol. They may immediately imagine alcohol, cocaine, meth, or heroin upon hearing the word addiction. However, there are a handful of addictions that are behaviors, not substances. And that's what this article series will cover - how a behavioral addiction can be just as difficult as an addiction to drugs or alcohol. This article is the first of two that will review types of behavioral addictions and why they require addiction treatment.
Work, sex, and gambling are just a few types of behavioral addictions. Similar to drugs and alcohol, a person develops a habitual dependence upon certain feelings of euphoria or satisfaction. But with behavioral addictions, that sense of euphoria comes from the behavior itself. For instance, with gambling, a person can become so hooked on winning that they gamble away their earnings to the point that they can't pay rent, put food on the table, or pay their bills. And with a sexual addiction, a person may be at risk for contracting sexually transmitted diseases or becoming pregnant unexpectedly. As mentioned earlier, behavioral addictions can bring just as much hardship into a person's life as an addiction to drugs and alcohol.
Below is a partial list of various types of behavioral addictions. You'll find more types of behavioral addictions in part two of this article series.
This is a list of addictions that are rooted in a behavior, versus a drug or alcohol. Yet, regardless of the type of addiction, common with all addictions is the fact that blame and denial are almost always playing a role. Once a person recognizes that they themselves need to seek addiction treatment and create change in their life, then a pattern of healing can begin.
If you recognize any of the above addictions in your own life, look for addiction treatment today.