When someone first described process addiction to me, I didn’t really understand exactly what it meant. I figured it was just some people doing a lot of something because that’s what they wanted to do and how they wanted to live their life, for example going into major credit card debt or gambling every day, I never thought that there was an underlying reason why people did this.
However, as I have read more about process addiction, I have found that there is a lot more to it than what meets the eye. People may be doing these activities for other reasons than the actual fact that they want to do it. I mean, I don’t think a gambler likes losing money every day right? Subconsciously they know the odds are against them yet they continue to go to experience the same thrill before they eventually leave with nothing.. again. So, I began to realize that people can become addicted to an activity and experience withdrawal symptoms, similar to a drug or alcohol addiction. This means that something as simple as shopping everyday has turned into an addictive habit for the person involved, stimulating them when the activity is occurring, and then leaving them with a massive low once the excitement has passed. These emotional highs and lows are what encourages the person to want to do it again. This pattern becomes a repetitive behavioral habit that the person becomes accustomed with to find the emotional highs. It can be a dangerous cycle as it is very subtle but it can lead a person to destroy their lives in many different ways. I am going to explain a few different ways someone can exhibit signs of process addiction.
One type of process addiction is a gambling addiction. This wouldn’t include someone that may go to the casino once every month; someone with a true gambling addiction will have the urge to go much more frequently. This is someone that is hooked on the emotional roller coaster the casino takes them through and does not have the will power to stop themselves from going back for just one more round. This type of addiction is especially important to look out for as someone can put themselves in financial ruin by going to the casino all the time. Becoming addicted is an emotional process that is very hard for one person to notice and pull away from by themselves. This means it will be up to immediate family and friends to help out and stop them from throwing their money away.
Unhealthy eating habits are definitely a norm across our country but who knew this behavior could be tied to process addiction. In many cases, it is not even the food itself or the taste that some people enjoy when feeding their bodies with unhealthy foods, yet it is just something they have become accustomed to and do every day obsessively. This type of addiction is one that can quickly break down your body and affect your stamina in life. Daily tasks are harder to perform when your diet is poor; it leaves you feeling tired and weak most of the day. Thus, trying to eat healthier is key for someone with this type of addiction. Again, it can be very hard for someone to make these changes on their own so make sure to look out for any signs that a loved one is suffering from these issues. These can be as obvious as noticing their daily diet, or as subtle as they are becoming more and more tired visibly every day, maybe due to a lack of correct nutrients.
Video game addiction
This is becoming more and more prevalent in today’s age with a lot of the younger generation getting hooked on gaming. This has become something of the norm because children will start to play games at a young age. Many people are now talking about Fort Nite as this is the new current craze, and Twitch is now a platform where people will even sit and watch other people game. I think that is crazy but it does happen. This is an addiction that can have serious consequences for a developing child’s brain. Another reason this is detrimental is because it takes precious time away from them learning in school. Instead of getting great grades on an assignment, they might settle for a C and call it a day.
Getting help for different types of process addiction habits could be a key in the person’s recovery. It is never easy to overcome an addiction and sometimes getting professional help is the best way to go. So if you know someone that could be suffering from process addiction, make sure to find them help right away, and start them on the road to recovery.