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Has Digital Media Affected Process Addiction?

Because recovering addicts have access to their addictive behaviors at all times of the day because of digital media

A process addiction is a compulsive behavior (such as gambling, sexual addiction, eating disorders and credit card addiction) on which someone is dependent. Process addictions do not involve an addictive substance, but the changes that take place in the brain of a process addict are similar to the changes of drug addiction. Treatment for process addiction involves significant changes to behavior, but digital media can make these behavioral changes difficult, because recovering addicts may have access to their addictive behaviors at all times of the day.

Process addiction has several factors that make it similar to chemical addiction. A person’s state-of-mind, social status, personal and family addictive history as well as her genetics all influence whether or not she is in danger of developing a process addiction. Although many people minimize or overlook process addictions, these problems are devastating, because the reward center in the brain is stimulated during the behavior to release chemicals in the body that drive addictive behaviors. The feelings of euphoria produced by the behavior of a process addiction are as powerful as the feelings produced by cocaine addiction.

Process addicts may be tempted to relapse, because regular exposure to digital media increases the temptation to engage in destructive behaviors. Online gambling, access to Internet pornography and online shopping make it difficult for process addicts to fight the cravings associated with process addiction, because drugs are literally a website away. Digital media also makes improper behavior seem normal; with so many people interacting with digital media on a regular basis, things that used to be out of bounds are becoming more socially acceptable.

Getting into a treatment program that deals with process addiction is the best way to deal with the problem. Like treatment for substance abuse, treatment for process addiction begins with a proper diagnosis. Many people suffer from addiction due to undiagnosed and untreated mental illness. Dual Diagnosis treatment centers work to diagnose and treat both conditions simultaneously. Getting treatment for addiction and a mental health illness increases the likelihood of treatment success. During treatment, you or your struggling loved one will learn strategies to control exposure to digital media outlets that contribute to your addiction. You can further learn to deal with cravings in healthy ways by replacing negative behaviors with positive ones. In other words, recovery is possible with the right help.

Find Help for Process Addiction

Process addictions can be as powerful as drug addictions, so if you or a loved one struggles with one, then you should know that we are here to help. Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline right now to speak with our admissions coordinators about treatment. With help, you can recover.