Behavioral Addictions

Anyone that has ever suffered from a behavioral addiction or knows someone who has, understands the devastation that it can cause. Just as a physical addiction can take over a person’s life in a negative way, so can a behavioral addiction. People who are addicted to pornography, sex, love, shopping, video games, exercise, work, and food will struggle with how to control their urges to engage in these types of activities.

There is a tendency for individuals on the outside looking in to consider these addictions as “non-addictions.” Often times, they don’t get the sympathy that drug addicts do. Many people expect those persons who struggle with the aforementioned addictions to simply get over it. Unfortunately, it isn’t that easy. In fact, it is incredibly difficult. Below, is a list and short review of some of the most common behavioral addictions that people suffer from.  If you click on the corresponding links, you will find additional information about each one.

Pornography: This addiction has increasingly become problematic because of the accessibility of porn on the internet.

Sex Addiction: Millions of people are unable to control their sexual urges. Not only is this dangerous for the person with the addiction but also for individuals that they are intimate with, both physically or emotionally.

Love: Some people are in love with the idea of being in love and the feelings associated with it. Consequently, they often go from one relationship to the next.

Shopping: People with a shopping addiction often spend money that they don’t have to support this very financially draining habit.

Video Games: Video Game addictions have been on the rise. Many people, both children and adults, are foregoing the outdoors and traditional social settings to stay inside and play video games.

Exercise: In an effort to become or stay thin, some men and women spend an excessive amount of time exercising.

Work: Whether it is to get ahead or maintain what one has, some people spend way too much time at work. This is to the detriment of them and the people who love them. (both physically and emotionally).

Food: Millions of people self-medicate themselves with food. Becoming overweight, obese, the onset of chronic diseases and eating disorders are often the result.

Food Addiction

  One of the most common, pervasive and under reported addictions in the West is to food. Many people are in fact eating themselves to death.  Eating too much and the wrong foods will have terrible health consequences for most people.  Diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and strokes are amongst the body’s response to the ingestion of unhealthy food in high amounts, over the years.  In the United States, there is a major concern about citizens being overweig...

Gambling Addiction

  Millions of people around the world suffer from an addiction to gambling.  What starts off as a fun past time can quickly become quite problematic and troublesome.  Individuals who are prone to addictions of whatever type will often time fall prey to a gambling addiction once they begin gambling, more readily than someone that is not. A gambling addiction can be extremely destructive and can destroy one's life. Many people end up gambling away all of their money and find the...

Love Addiction

  There are some people who are addicted to the feelings associated with love.  These persons may go from relationship to relationship in order to capture those feelings of new love and infatuation. Often times, it becomes difficult if not impossible, for them to develop and maintain relationships with other people, at least not meaningful ones. This is because they are unable stay with one person for very long.  Just like a drug addict, they are always on the lookout for thei...

Porn Addiction

  Pornography has become increasingly problematic for both men and women in the United States. Though porn addictions are experienced by men in higher rates than women, it does affect both sexes. At one time, if a person wanted to indulge in pornography, they would have to purchase a magazine, buy a video or go to an establishment which specialized in this type of “entertainment.”  A person would have to physically leave their home. Today, it is possible for those who w...

Sex Addiction

  Millions of people suffer from sex addiction. This type of addiction is one in which a person is unable to stop having sex, even when they know that it is wrong and/or risky. Individuals suffering from this sort of addiction may experience broken relationships, unplanned pregnancies and even sexual transmitted diseases. It is very important for sex addicts to get the help that they need in order to treat their problem.   A person who is a sex addict will have many sexual encou...

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