What is a process addiction? How much is too much?
Process addictions are compulsive behaviors and include sex, pornography, masturbation, shopping, food, internet, video games and gambling. What begins as a pleasurable and even relatively normal behavior can quickly become compulsive and addictive behavior when repeated in excess. Individuals coping with a process addiction may find it difficult to understand why they are struggling to control behaviors that others engage in without issues. Much of society and even treatment providers overlook the profound negative impact that these addictions can have on the addict and their family.
So how much is too much? The following are some questions you can ask yourself about your behavior:
Does the behavior cause problems in your relationships?
Does the behavior cause you to neglect important responsibilities (family, work, school, recreation)?
Do you feel guilty or ashamed of the behavior?
Do others complain or express concern about the behavior?
Have you been unsuccessful in your attempts to stop or control the behavior?
Do you hide, lie about or isolate yourself in order to engage in the behavior?
If some of the answers to these questions are yes, it can indicate that addiction is a possibility. If the answers to several of these questions are yes, it may be a strong possibility. If you are struggling, help is available for you or your loved one. You are not alone!