Behavioral addictions with personal actions that lead to gratification in lieu of anxiety or depression. They are carried out to resolve some type of distress and temporarily can relieve the distress although the actions in themselves are not healthy or addictive due to extremity. Examples include sex, gaming, gambling, shopping or even binge eating. The issue lies in the extremity but also more so in the inability to stop or moderate. Some individuals later feel regret or embarrassment afterwards.
It is important to identify any type of behavioral addictions and question why they arise. Are they a poor substitute for coping over a deeper issue? Are they preventing one from facing that issue? Are there better alternatives than the addictive behavior? The temporary pleasure must be weighed with the overall physical and social health of the person. These behaviors can destroy relationships and make one hostage to a particular vice or habit.
It is hard to break bad habits, but with proper guidance, individuals can better control their impulsive decisions. Licensed counselors can help individuals identify triggers to these behaviors and how to learn to form better and healthy habits.
The article, “Behavioral Addictions, Emotions, And The Brain” by Krystina Murray looks closer at how behavior addictions exist within the human brain and how to better face them. She states,
“According to Science Direct, behavioral addictions are defined as, “an intense desire to repeat some action that is pleasurable or perceived to improve wellbeing or capable of alleviating some personal distress.” What classifies some behaviors as addictive is the difficultly those affected have with stopping or reducing their participation in it. ”
Please also review AIHCP’s Substance Abuse Practitioner Program and see if it matches your academic and professional goals. The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals looking for a four year certification dealing with substance abuse counseling.
Addiction can destroy families. It is difficult to deal with when a family member is addicted. Learning how to help the family member through addiction without caving in to the addictive behavior is a difficult process for many family members. This is why it is crucial to know what line to walk when helping a family member overcome addiction. The family is important to helping an addicted person remain strong but sometimes the family may have to show tough love in order to help the person recover.
The article, “A family guide to addiction and recovery” from Recover Centers of America takes a closer look at how the family plays a role in recovery of the addicted and where to draw lines.
“Behind almost every person struggling with addiction, there is a family member—parent, grandparent, sibling, spouse, or another—who suffers too. Witnessing a loved one’s addiction is both a heart-rending and bewildering experience. Feelings of anger, guilt, sadness, and fear combine with desperation and helplessness, leaving you at times in a state of both panic and emotional paralysis.”
Please also review AIHCP’S Substance Abuse Practitioner Program and see if it meets your academic and professional needs and goals. The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a certification in Substance Abuse Counseling.
Good article on how addiction and the brain works. The process of addiction and how it alters the brain is a complex process. Drugs themselves inhibit the ability of neurotransmitters to work properly. It also negatively affects dopamine outputs. Through rehab and new coping strategies these things can be reversed but addiction in the brain is a powerful thing to overcome.
The article, “Addicted Brain: Dopamine and Substance Abuse” by Eric Hamilton states,
“People suffering from addiction are not always eager to go to rehab centers to treat their addiction. They may feel insecure, scared of judgments or just not motivated enough. Naturally, it’s hard to admit that their problem is that serious.”