We often think of addictions as physical dependence such as alcohol or opioid use disorder. There are some addictions that can have negative consequences, but not necessarily be physically addictive. These are termed “behavioral” or “process” addictions and include habits such as gambling, risky behavior, shopping, video game, love/sex, eating, and exercising.
Individuals who find themselves addicted to these behaviors get a physiological reward, or high, while engaging thus enforcing the addiction. However, guilt and remorse can quickly follow (think withdrawal of a physical addiction).
Although we all shop, eat and exercise, the fact of the matter is:
Social media use can lead to addiction as well as anxiety.
About 2-3% of the American population has a gambling addiction – of that number, 25% are women.
It is estimated that about 1 in 10 people who play video games has an addiction.
Shopping addiction is even among men and women with 5.5% of men struggling and 6% of women.
One can have a food addiction and not be diagnosed with binge eating disorder (BED).
Possible Behavioral Addictions: