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5 Common Process Addictions

Man walking with many colorful shopping bags over one shoulder as an example of one of 5 common process addictions

A process addiction can affect every part of your life, just like any addiction to drugs or alcohol can. Even when engaging in addictive behavior has negative results, the addicted individual cannot control their impulses, so they just continue doing it. These types of addictions are not easy to overcome. Getting professional help for common process addictions is critical to successfully overcoming the addiction and leading a productive life of recovery.  

The Arbor Behavioral Healthcare offers a variety of programming to treat common process addictions. For more information on process addiction treatment in Texas, contact the treatment team at The Arbor today at 844.413.2690 

The 5 Most Common Process Addictions 

A process addiction is a very compulsive addiction. The affected individual engages in a specific behavior that they cannot stop engaging in. The high they achieve is through the experience itself. The problem is the inability to disengage, even when the behavior results in negative consequences over and over again. For instance, someone with a gambling addiction can continue to gamble even when they lose money every time they do it. They know it’s unhealthy, and they should stop doing it, but the addiction keeps them gambling even when faced with negative consequences.  

Common types of process addictions are: 

  1. Gambling addiction 
  2. Sex addiction 
  3. Food addiction 
  4. Shopping addiction 
  5. Internet addiction 

Other process addictions include exercise addiction, porn addiction, video game addiction, and work addiction. Once an individual seeks treatment for a process addiction treatment, they will be able to receive the therapy they need to begin a recovery journey.  

Process Addiction Treatment in Texas 

The goal of process addiction treatment is to arm clients with the skills and tools they need to manage the impulsive behavior that fosters their behavioral addiction. This can be achieved through a series of therapies, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) or dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). Therapies work to help clients identify the root causes of their addiction, recognize triggers, and develop a treatment plan that is unique to them.  

Once a process addiction sets in, stopping is very hard. This is why professional help is so advantageous. Learning how to manage impulses and compulsive behaviors will be a big part of the work a client suffering from a process addiction will take part in as part of therapy. An ideal treatment plan includes a combination of evidence-based and experiential therapies so that you get a treatment experience that is unique to you and your needs.  

Therapies for a process addiction can include: 

  • Individual therapy 
  • Group therapy 
  • Family therapy 
  • Behavioral therapies like CBT, DBT, and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy 
  • Experiential therapies like equine therapy and art therapy 

Developing healthy skills for coping and avoiding negative behaviors and habits will ultimately lead to a more positive recovery lifestyle outside of treatment. Keeping clients in recovery for life, without the risk of a relapse, is the goal for each client undergoing a process addiction treatment program. It is also crucial to ensure that a support system is in place—with professionals, peers, and trusted loved ones—to help clients achieve their recovery goals every step of the way. 

Ask About Process Addiction Treatment at The Arbor 

Addiction comes in all shapes and sizes, and each person’s treatment journey will be unique. Treatment plans should be able to be customized to a client’s specific needs like they are at The Arbor. If you or a loved one are struggling with a process addiction, help is available. Process addiction treatment programs exist alongside more common rehab programs for mental health and substance use disorders.   

At The Arbor, we offer a variety of addiction treatment programs and services, including: 

  • Residential care 
  • Intensive outpatient program (IOP) 
  • Transitional living program 
  • Relapse prevention 
  • Dual diagnosis treatment 
  • Family program  
  • Alumni program 

Reach out to our caring and compassionate treatment professionals today at 844.413.2690 or online to get started on your treatment journey. A dedicated team member is standing by to answer your questions.