The term “process addictions” refers to a variety of damaging, even self-destructive, behaviors. Process addictions can include shopping addiction, Internet addiction, and compulsive eating. Regardless of the specific addiction, these compulsive behaviors threaten the physical, emotional, interpersonal, financial, and psychological stability of those struggling. Although process addictions do not include substance abuse, the addictions that come from process disorders can be just as difficult to resist as alcohol or drugs and can cause drastic symptoms.
Symptoms include the following:
- All-consuming compulsion to participate in the addictive behavior
- Re-arranging everything around participation in the behavior or ignoring other duties in order to partake in more of the behavior
- Feelings of ecstasy or joy when engaging in the behavior
- Continuing the behavior even when doing so has drastic negative consequences, or when the consequences get progressively worse
- Keeping the behavior a secret from loved ones
- Not being able to stop the behavior (even if you want to)
These symptoms can be worsened by a pre-existing mental health disorder, such as anxiety or depression. Addictive behaviors can exacerbate feelings of panic or mental distress associated with a mental health disorder, which in turn can feed increased addictive behavior creating a painful, destructive cycle that is difficult to break. This cycle can be aggravated by misunderstanding and isolation. Process addictions are often misdiagnosed or misunderstood, written off as a lack of self-control or inherent character flaws. When this happens, feelings of hopelessness and isolation increase and those suffering from process disorders feel increasingly unable to overcome their addictions and recover, only worsening the cycle.
Solara Mental Health understand the complicated nature of process disorders and has created a specially-designed treatment program to address those complexities. Our quiet, calming environment provides distance from everyday stressors and triggers, allowing clients to find comfort and support as they begin the healing process. As a small program, Solara offers focused, individualized care, ensuring that clients have everything they need throughout treatment. The highly experienced staff at our psychiatric facility helps clients gain a complete understanding of their mental health disorder and its co-occurring process addiction. We help clients to find insight into their triggers and impulses, and learn techniques to cope with stressors in a healthy way. This structured, individualized care helps clients develop psychological wellness and healthy behaviors that free them from process addiction and build a future of health and stability.
While our clients make considerable and rapid improvements, process addictions is often a long-term condition. Through years of experience, our mental health treatment center has learned how to provides the entire spectrum of care for our clients. From inpatient to outpatient, from transitional living to a long-term aftercare plan, our program has been designed to free our clients from the clutches of process addiction.
Contact us now to start the healing process.