Every day, people engage in behaviors with different consequences. A behavior that is repeated without the ability to stop despite negative consequences can become an addiction. 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 a behavior addiction.

A person with a behavior 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 behavior addiction. Any type of behavior addiction can cause complications at home and interferes with work.

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 family relationships and compromises friendships or leads to severe financial problems, you should seek help from a professional who can suggest the appropriate treatment. A person can recover from a behavior addiction with the assistance of therapy and counseling to work on behavior modification.  

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, get help now. Cypress Lakes Lodge specializes in treatment for addiction and addictive behaviors with a holistic approach to recovery. Do not wait. Get the help you need to enjoy a healthy, substance-free life.  

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