People engage in behaviors with different consequences. Addiction encompasses more than drugs and alcohol. A behavior that is repeated without the ability to stop despite negative consequences can become an addiction.
A person with a behavioral addiction cannot stop the behavior, even when his or her physical or mental health is negatively affected. People enjoy eating, shopping, gambling, gaming, or exercising. If any of those behaviors are endangering a person’s mental or physical health, or causing significant relationship problems, he or she has a behavioral addiction. Any type of behavioral addiction can cause complications at home or work.
When an individual is hungry, he or she eats and stops when he or she is full. If the person continues to eat when he or she is not hungry or does not have the self-control to limit the amount of food, he or she could develop an addiction to food, which can comprise his or her health physically and mentally.
An addiction to shopping hinders relationships and drains savings and responsibilities. When you have an addiction to shopping, the convenience of the Internet can lead to unnecessary spending. Some people experience gratification when shopping or have a mental health condition that influences the urge to shop. Instead of buying only what is needed, the craving to buy things you want can be too strong to resist.
In some ways, a gambling addiction is similar to a shopping addiction. A person with a gambling addiction cannot stop gambling, even when savings accounts are drained. A gambling addiction is harmful to relationships because of its priority over responsibilities. A gambling addiction can lead to the loss of a house or job, and cause bankruptcy.
Exercising is a healthy activity, but when a person develops an exercising addiction, he or she has the inability to stop, even when experiencing physical or mental health complications. Exercise becomes a problem when relationships are affected and work is disrupted.
When any behavior disrupts relationships with loved ones, or leads to severe financial problems, you should seek help from a professional who specializes in addiction. A person can recover from a behavioral addiction with the assistance of therapy and counseling to work on behavior modification.
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