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How Are Drug and Process Addictions Connected?The term process addiction refers to what is sometimes known as a behavioral addiction, or a nonsubstance-related addiction. While Tennessee residents might recognize drug addiction as defined by the ingestion or other intake of an addictive substance, they might be interested to learn that a process addiction is defined by compulsive behavior related to a process. A drug addiction, while it is largely psychological, is also physical; whereas a process addiction is solely psychological.

In spite of their differences, drug and process addiction are often related and even co-occur. Both drug and process addictions can share causes and treatment in Tennessee residents.

What Does a Process Addiction Look Like?

There are many varied behaviors that can fall into the category of process addiction. When any behavior is repeated until it is a negative and destructive part of a person’s life, this is considered a process addiction. More common process addictions include:

  • Compulsive eating
  • Gambling
  • Shopping
  • Exercise
  • Relationships
  • Sex
  • Self-injury
  • Sleeping
  • Stealing
  • Video games
  • Television
  • Work
  • Internet
  • Dieting
  • Cleaning
  • Religion

This is not a comprehensive list of process addictions; any behavior that begins to interfere with everyday life can be classified as a behavioral addiction. The following are some common symptoms of a process addiction:

  • Placing importance on a behavior, evidenced by a compulsion to perform the certain action or participate in the activity
  • Ignoring negative consequences
  • Using defense mechanisms to hide the compulsive action
  • Experiencing a sense of happiness, achievement, or self-worth when the action has been completed
  • Completing the activity an increased number of times or for an increased duration of time
  • Withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, depression, anger, and physical ailments

Process addiction is a recognized condition in the medical and psychological community. As with drug addiction, people of every background and disposition in Tennessee can develop an addiction to a behavior.

How Is this Related to Drug Addiction?

There are many common motivations and underlying issues behind process addiction and drug addiction. Trauma, mental health issues, emotional disorders, and unhealthy coping mechanisms can all lead to drug use and process addictions.

The behavioral patterns may also be similar in many cases. Obsessive and self-centered behavior often accompanies addiction of any sort. People with process addictions may turn to drug addiction when they cannot receive the fulfillment they are looking for after being forced to limit the gratifying behavior. Some Tennessee residents may also develop “secondary addictions” when trying to overcome a drug addiction; these take the place the primary addiction and can be unrelated to substances.

Treatment for Co-Occurring Drug and Process Addictions

Treatment for co-occurring drug and process addictions will most likely integrate behavioral treatment for the process addiction into the drug treatment program. This means that after a medical detoxification phase, treatment professionals will help Tennessee patients delve into the psychological issues behind their behavioral and drug addictions.

Help for Co-Occurring Drug and Process Addictions

If you or a loved one in Tennessee is suffering from co-occurring drug and process addictions, call our toll-free helpline today to speak with a trained counselor about getting the physical and psychological care you deserve. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day. Please call today.