ABOUT BEHAVIOURAL ADDICTIONS

Ad dic tion n.

The condition of being unable to stop using or doing something as a habit, especially something harmful

 
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GAMBLING ADDICTION

Gambling addiction refers to continuous and repeated problematic gambling behaviour that leads to significant negative consequences and/or distress for the struggling person. It is also known as problem gambling, pathological gambling or gambling disorder.

 

Without help, the harmful effects could worsen over time. But the good news is, gambling addiction can be addressed with proper and timely intervention.

Recovery is very possible, and there is hope of being free.

 
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SPENDING ADDICTION

ALSO CALLED "SHOPPING ADDICTION"

Spending or shopping addiction refers to a repeated and compulsive behaviour of making excessive or unnecessary purchases. It can come in different forms—some engage in ‘retail therapy’, some pursue luxury and lifestyle products, while others chase after bargains and sales. However, a common underlying pattern is the loss of control and use of spending to feel good or cope with negative feelings. It can lead to serious consequences such as debts, relational conflict and other mental health issues.

 
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DEBT ADDICTION

ALSO CALLED "COMPULSIVE BORROWING"

Debt addiction refers to a repeated pattern of borrowing money or taking out loans in order to solve financial, personal or family troubles. The struggling person is often in debt, or stuck in a vicious cycle of borrowing to repay debts. They typically do not a plan for getting out of debt or changing their lifestyle.

 
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SEX & PORN ADDICTION

Sex and porn addiction describes a persistent and compulsive need to engage in sexual acts, despite negative consequences. A key difference is that sex addiction involves real people while porn addiction involves a screen. A struggling person is typically unable to control his or her own sexual behaviour, even when it interferes with personal and family interests and responsibilities. They may act out sexually in ways that harm their marriage or relationships, or even engage sexual misconduct and criminal acts.

 
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LOVE ADDICTION

Love addiction refers to an unhealthy pattern of romantic love. It typically involves repeated obsessive thoughts and out-of-control behaviour towards romantic fantasies and new relationships, which lead to negative life consequences. A struggling person may even embark on risky behaviours in pursuit of the relationship, such as committing illegal acts or lending money to an online love interest.