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What are Behavior Addictions?

CanAm Interventions provides Interventions for Behavior Addictions, which are defined as negative actions and/or behavioral patterns that involve negative consequences by self-harm and/or harm to others. The symptoms of behavior addictions can show up with similar characteristics as those of someone with a chemical dependency/addiction, but without the individual using drug and/or alcohol.


An example of behavioral problems is a young adult acting out in school, sabotaging their family relationships, swearing, aggression and fixation on having control over everyone and anyone in their lives and mostly focused on the need to control outcomes of situations.


Persons with behavior issues put themselves in risky situations, developing other addictions such as gambling, unhealthy relationships, love addictions, clothing addictions, spending addictions, violent behaviors, and passive and aggressive behaviors. Mostly behavior addictions come from not learning effective coping skills to deal with life stressors, emotional issues, and/or mental health diagnoses.


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The American Society of Addiction of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) definition of Behavior Addictions makes a departure from equating addiction with just substance dependence, by describing how addiction is also related to behaviors that are rewarding.


Information taken from: The Good Drugs - Not all addictions involve ingesting a substance. In fact, behavioral health problems can cause as much if not more damage to the health, finance, and livelihoods of those affected. Behavioral addictions occur when someone participates in an activity to the point where it negatively affects their lives, and they are unable to stop doing so. The compulsion to do the activity gets in the way of the addict's ability to sleep, work, or have meaningful personal relationships.



What is the definition Gambling Addiction?

Compulsive Gambling, also called Gambling Disorder, works on a reward system much like drugs such as alcohol can, leading to addiction. Many people enjoy trying their luck in a game of chance. There is a certain "rush" associated with the possibility of winning. When this behavior become compulsive and the gambler can't control whether they want or need to continue playing, they are dealing with a full-blown addiction.


What is Food Addiction?

Do you eat to live or live to eat? Not only do we need nutrition to keep our bodies healthy and functioning properly, but eating is a very pleasurable experience. The sight, smell, and taste of food are all part of it. What and how much we choose to eat can affect the brain, and is all part of the reason some people become addicted to it.



What is the definition Sex Addiction? Compulsive sexual behavior, the clinical phrase for sex addiction, is what experts call a Progressive Intimacy Disorder, meaning that it worsens the longer it's left untreated.


You may not have thought of it like this, but sex is a mind-altering experience. Being a sex addict isn't the same as having a high sex drive, although some addicts do act out regularly on their impulses. When you get caught up in sexual behaviors as a way to zone out or get a high rather than to intimately connect with your partner, you are a sex addict.



What is the definition Love Addiction?

Love addiction is a human behavior in which people become addicted to the feeling of being in love. Love addicts can take on many different behaviors. Love addiction is common; however, most love addicts do not realize they are addicted to love.


Love addiction isn't about love at all. It has to do with the addict's need to either be in a relationship or to hang onto the person they have fixed on at all costs. As a result, they strive to become the person they think their partner wants, up to and including tolerating bad behavior and abuse. Other love addicts can't let go of the relationship, and become stalkers.


What is the definition Porn Addiction?

Pornography addiction is a conceptual model assessing behavioral addiction characterized by compulsive, repeated use of pornographic material until it causes serious negative consequences to ones physical, mental, social, or financial well-being. This definition does not explicitly include porn addiction.


When a person's interest in looking at pornographic images goes from something that is a part of their life to the focus of a good portion of their time and energy, they are in the midst of a porn addiction. Some people spend hours or days at a time looking at or thinking about porn, which has an effect on their real-world relationships.



What is the definition of Work Addiction?

There is no generally accepted medical definition of such a condition, although some forms of stress, impulse control disorder, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder can be work-related. "Workaholism" is not the same as working hard.


From the time we are children, a lot of us are taught that working hard is something desirable. When we are looking for work, we want to impress the employer with the fact that we are responsible and will diligently perform our duties if hired. The slippery slope from wanting to do well on the job and work addiction starts when work becomes the focus on the person's life and the person can't stop thinking or obsessing about work.



What is definition of Exercise Addiction?

Exercise addiction is an unhealthy obsession with physical fitness and exercise. It is often a result of body image disorders and eating disorders. Exercise addicts display traits similar to those of other addicts


An exercise addiction is another example of someone participating in an activity that when done in moderation is considered a good thing. Over time, the person with this kind of addiction issue starts to behave compulsively around exercise. They work out longer, and more intensely, than is required to be fit or to train for a particular sport.


What is definition Video Game Addiction?

Video game addiction is an excessive or compulsive use of computer games or video games, which interferes with a person's everyday life. Online game addiction has a negative image and is becoming a public concern.


Video game addiction occurs when playing is no longer simply a pleasant way to spend one's time. When game use gets to the point where it becomes more important to the player than work or school and their personal relationships, it's one of the red flags that may indicate an addiction problem.



What is definition of Shopping Addiction?

Compulsive shopping may be considered an impulse control disorder, an obsessive-compulsive disorder, a bipolar disorder, or even a clinical addiction, depending on the clinical source.


We live in a consumer-driven society, and spending is something that drives the economy. For a person with a shopping addiction, the urge to spend is out of control. They use shopping as a way to cope with anxiety or stress, which can lead to some severe financial consequences if it isn't brought under control.







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