Process Addictions

process addictionAddictions that are characterized by acting out a process are called process addictions. Unlike a substance addiction, process addictions rely on carrying out a process step-by-step in order to achieve a euphoric state, where as substance addictions depend on the substance itself to do the work of creating a high. Process addictions award the addict the same rush of dopamine that one would get from an addictive substance. It is simply achieved through different means. Some of the most common process addictions are as follows:

  • Sex. The process of having sex or participating in sex related activities is highly addictive to some people. Sex achieves a rush of dopamine that many sex addicts spend a great deal of time, money and energy seeking. Everyone gets pleasure from sex but some people become obsessed with having it.
  • Gambling. The excitement and uncertainty of gambling can create an addiction within many people. The risk factor and the chance factor become some people’s personal fascination that they cannot quit. Gambling addicts are known to spend every cent they make on gambling.
  • Video Gaming. Having an obsession with video gaming can strike any age, from adolescent to mature. Video game creators go to great lengths to make video games more and more immersive, and they have become highly addictive to a number of people.
    Internet. Since the emergence of the internet, a number of people have begun using it compulsively and arranging their lives around it. It is highly entertaining and informative, which makes it difficult for anyone to put aside, but for people prone to addiction, the internet can prove irresistible.
  • Cell Phones. Like the internet, cell phones are another life altering piece of technology that provide entertainment, communication and information to their owners. At first, cell phones are merely habit forming, but a number of people have taken habit to addiction by obsessing over their cell phones.
  • Work. The term “workaholic” emerged to describe people who are obsessed with their professional endeavors. A workaholic is in the habit of putting their work above their family, friends, health and personal responsibilities This is considered a very real and detrimental addiction.
  • Exercise. One may think that exercising is a healthy thing to de addicted to, but when someone is prioritizing exercise over their loved ones and life responsibilities, it requires intervention.

Substance Addictions

addicted to a substanceA substance addiction is one of several types of addiction. When a person is addicted to ingesting a substance, it is referred to as a substance addiction. Substance addictions comes in many forms and produce many different effect. Several different types of substance addictions are as follows.

  • Alcohol. This substance can easily be considered the most addictive, unnecessary substance on earth. It is more available for purchase to the public than any other substance besides food. An overwhelming majority of Canadians have access to alcohol close to their homes. Alcohol alters a person’s mood which many people find desirable, but it creates a physical dependence within people, meaning if a person drinks it regularly, they will have to keep increasing the amount they ingest in order to keep feeling its effects. When a person overuses it, they will begin to suffer serious mental and physical health problems. Canadians struggling with an alcohol dependence should reach out to an alcoholism treatment center in Alberta, a detox center in Ontario or an alcohol rehab BC.
  • Street Drugs. Illegal drugs are also called street drugs. They include substances such as heroine, cocaine, ecstasy, mushrooms, PCP, cannabis and a number of other fringe drugs. New street drugs emerge all the time because people continuously create new ones in search of a new high. A number of these street drugs are highly addictive for the mood altering effects that they possess.
  • Prescription Drugs. People become addicted to prescription drugs more often than the public realizes. Prescription medications such as opiate pain killers become addictive because a person’s dosage needs to be continuously increased in order for them to keep feeling the effects of the drug. Withdrawal symptoms to prescription drugs can be severe, which inspires the addict to continue abusing them.
  • Food. Everyone needs food in order to survive. That complicates matters where addiction is concerned. One has to consider balance and moderation in assessing a food addiction. If a person abuses food and eats it in excess of what is good for them in order to feel normal, stabilize their mood or get a high, they are a food addict.
  • Tobacco. Cigarettes and tobacco are a legal recreational substance. They produce a calming effect within the smoker. Unfortunately, they are also highly addictive as well as dangerous. Cigarettes are especially dangerous because they contain tar and harsh chemicals, but smoking any plant matter can cause lung disease.
  • Other. Lastly, some people ingest strange substances that do not fit with any other character