Behavioral Addictions Treatment

Behavioral addiction is more than just a bad habit; it’s a compulsive behavior, driven by uncontrollable impulses.  Behavioral addiction refers to several mental health conditions in which a person engages in a particular behavior repeatedly without considering any negative consequences.

 

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Types of Addictive Behavior

Although not all of these addictions are recognized by the DSM-5, common forms of behavioral addiction include: 

  • gambling addiction
  • sex addiction
  • Internet addiction
  • shopping addiction
  • stealing addiction
  • video/computer game addiction
  • food addiction
  • exercise addiction
  • work addiction
  • love addiction
  • porn addiction

Before a person can get help for a behavioral addiction, he or she must first recognize that the behavior is a problem. One major sign that a behavior has crossed over into the realm of an addiction is a feeling that a person has to do the activity frequently or in inappropriate circumstances.  The compulsive behavior begins to take over the person’s life.  Over time, the person stops finding the behavior pleasurable, but is unable to stop the behavior. The compulsion may also lead to excess behavior that even the person recognizes as being irrational.  The person may feel shaky, anxious, panicky, or depressed when the person cannot indulge the behavior. The person may also try to hide the behavior and may lie about it to friends or family.  Negative consequences that can result from a behavioral addiction include health problems, legal problems, financial problems and the degradation of relationships with family, friends, and work colleagues. 

Because each behavioral addiction is so unique, individualized treatment plans are a crucial part of an effective recovery and prevention of relapses in the future.  Individual therapy focuses on the underlying psychological triggers for the behavior, and the person learns to identify and deal with stresses or daily irritations that could cause a relapse.   Behavioral therapy teaches the specific techniques to use when he or she feels a compulsion, as well as teaching the client how to organize his or her life to avoid temptation.

Behavioral Addictions Counselling & Therapy in Vancouver, B.C.

Counselling aims to help you deal with and overcome issues that are causing emotional pain or making you feel uncomfortable.  Behavioral Addictions Counselling can be used to help with many different mental health conditions.

Behavioral Addictions Counselling can provide a safe and regular space for you to talk and explore difficult feelings. The counsellor is there to support you and respect your views. They won’t usually give advice, but will help you find your own insights into and understanding of your problems

The counsellor can help you gain a better understanding of your feelings and thought processes by discussing your concerns with you. The counsellor can also identify ways of finding your own solutions to problems.

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