Behavioural addiction can be described as a mental health condition wherein you repeatedly and compulsively engage in a particular activity or behaviour, even though the behaviour is causing you harm.
When you have a behavioural addiction, you can’t stop yourself from engaging in that behaviour or activity. Some behavioural addictions (also known as process addictions) that are commonly reported in the UK include gaming addiction, shopping addiction, sex addiction, gambling addiction, hoarding, and kleptomania (impulsive stealing).
Giving in to behavioural addictions has been shown to trigger the release of dopamine in the brain in response to the activity. The release of dopamine results in feelings of pleasure, which you then come to associate with the activity. This leads you to crave participating in the activity to receive a pleasurable surge of dopamine. Continuing this practice will, in time, result in your brain becoming reliant on the behaviour to feel that heightened sense of pleasure or reward, and eventually addiction.
Behavioural addiction is a growing problem in the UK and most people are unaware that feeding a behavioural addiction is as dangerous as feeding a substance addiction. The urge to engage in these behaviours in order to feel normal and connected may seem irresistible or uncontrollable, but at Primrose Lodge we have the expertise and treatment options available to help you break free from these compulsions.
For professional help for you or a loved one’s behavioural addiction, call us today to speak to a specialist.
There are a variety of behavioural addictions, including gambling, sex, shopping, and so on. All these activities may seem different to each other, but they all share a common ground for process addicts, that is all addicts receive pleasure from engaging in said activities. By performing the act, the addict’s reward system is triggered, leading to a pleasurable response in the brain.
Common signs and symptoms are:
One particularly overwhelming short-term effect is the adaptation of your brain’s reward system concerning the act or behaviour. Relying on the behaviour to feel satisfaction or pleasure will eventually drive you to take greater risks for a larger reward. This is especially likely if you have started building up a tolerance.
Behavioural addiction puts you at the risk of eventually going too far and doing irreparable damage. Said damage can be to your reputation, your finances, family’s wellbeing, depression and even suicide.
Behavioural addicts also experience withdrawal symptoms, as their brain’s reward system becomes dependent on the activity for pleasure. These withdrawal symptoms are typically psychological in nature and include the following:
Many behavioural addicts are able to think and function much better after staying away from their addictive behaviour for some months.
If you are suffering from behavioural addiction, we strongly recommended that you undergo rehabilitation in our facility, so that you can learn to live and enjoy life without your addiction. We have a variety of recovery programmes available and can tailor any of the following to best suit your needs:
We also have a variety of counsellors and therapists on our team, with the expertise to help you beat your addiction. Call us today to get started.
Behavioural addiction treatment in our private rehab comes with a variety of benefits. Some of which include:
Letting your behavioural addiction continue unchecked may eventually lead to irreparable damage. This is because the condition will only continue to escalate for every minute it is ignored.
If you or a loved one has a behavioural addiction and would like to take back control, we can help. Our rehab is CQC regulated and we have helped hundreds of individuals retake control of their lives.
Call our confidential helpline today by dialling 0203 553 9263 to get started on the safe and effective path to recovery.