The answer is ‘yes.’ Many people are being helped with addictions. It is a private matter with most people
so you won’t hear much about the addictions or the help that is received to get victory over the addiction. I am learning a new term for addictions of a certain class: process addictions. Here are examples of process addictions.
Types of process addictions:
- Sexual activity
- Work (the workaholic)
- Religious obsession
- The internet
Process addiction is a psychological dependence on an activity or process as opposed to substance or chemical dependencies. So, how can we know if we have a process addiction? Here are some characteristics of process addictive behavior. The article these characteristics were taken from is referenced below.
- An exhibiting of emotions and motivations that places a significant or obsessive/pathological importance on the behavior, resulting in a perceived compulsion to constantly repeat or participate in the activity.
- Continuing to participate in the activity, despite any resulting negative physical, financial, social, or psychological consequences.
- The sufferer believes that he or she has lost control and no longer has the will power and strength to moderate or stop the identified activity.
- Reliance on a number of defense mechanisms to hide, mask, or cover up the behavior, or in order to justify or excuse it.
- A psychological reward is received that creates a heightened sense of well-being, accomplishment, or self- worth that fuels the habitual participation in the activity or process.
- Development of tolerance – as time passes, the sufferer needs to increase the frequency or other aspect of the behavior in order to maintain the desired effect.
- Withdrawal Symptoms – When the activity is stopped, sufferers experiences physical ailments, anxiety, depression, anger, and other conditions that interfere with what is considered normal functioning in society.
Are process addictions treatable? How are process addictions treated?
They are treatable, even curable. The first step is to identify the behavior. Then a person must commit to ending the behavior. This can be a difficult process and generally people just can’t do it alone. Treatment facilities process addictions but a person can also receive help through trained counselors. I have personally known several people who were trapped by process addictions. These people sought help and were changed by going through a care process at our church. That care team included a support person, a counselor and care overseer.
Seek help if you have an addiction that you’d want to overcome. I’d also love to hear stories in the comments by those who overcame and how they overcame their addiction.