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What do Compulsive Behavior Addiction Centers Treat?
The obvious answer is compulsive behavior addiction centers treat compulsive behaviors but this is not necessarily the whole story. They treat addictions to actions or actions that cause specific feelings. According to the New York Times, behavioral addictions are now added to the manual of mental and emotional disorders as an addiction. Some of these are listed below.
This addiction is an addiction to the chance of winning and the risks that they take when they gamble. Gambling addiction causes serious financial losses and can destroy families. There are hundreds of people every year who lose their lives to gambling addiction, although not literally. They wind up homeless and destitute.
Sex addiction is the addiction to the endorphins released during sex and the feeling of intimacy. The harm and distress comes from failed relationships and destroyed relationships due to adultery and cheating. Some of the problem with sex addiction is the inability to control sexual encounters and what is sometimes called sexual deviance.
Addiction to shopping is a compulsion to buy goods or services. It is a compulsion to spend money. This compulsion ruins lives, finances, and sometimes contributes to another compulsion called hoarding.
Addiction to viewing and downloading or purchasing pornography is similar to sex addiction. This addiction causes loss of money, loss of relationships, and loss of feelings of intimacy. It is also an isolation issue. People who are addicted to pornography are often very lonely or fear being alone.
Food addiction is one of the most powerful addictions to break because you cannot stop eating to break the addiction. Some people are addicted to certain foods while others are addicted to all food and have an eating disorder.
An eating addiction is slightly different from a food addiction. Food addiction is where someone is addicted to a consumable food. Eating addiction is when someone is addicted to the actual act of eating something. They derive pleasure from the act of chewing and swallowing.
Internet addiction is when someone spends so much time on the internet that it is harmful to their relationship, jobs, and lives. This is another isolation issue or a social relation issue. Many people with internet addiction relate better to people online than they do in person.
Video Gaming Addiction
Video game addiction is similar to internet addiction. The person feels isolated, has social anxiety, or cannot relate to people in the real world so they turn to the game instead. Video game addiction is also caused by wanting to escape reality.
Cutting and Other Self Harm Addiction
Cutting is often viewed as a disorder as well as an addiction. In truth, it is a disorder that turns into an addiction to the endorphins released when someone feels pain. This can also be an addiction to being able to control the situation or control the pain.
How to Find Help for a Compulsive Behavior Addiction
We can help you find a treatment center for any of these compulsive behavioral addictions. For more information call us at 800-256-3490.