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What Are Secondary Addictions?Secondary addictions are co-occurring conditions that result from an original addiction. For instance, if an Anchorage resident abuses a drug and then engages in a behavior, she may become addicted to the behavior as a result. Secondary addictions can include any of the following examples:

  • Sex
  • Eating
  • Gambling
  • Working
  • Spending money
  • Smoking
  • Exercise
  • Shopping
  • Internet use

Secondary addictions to activities like sex or eating often result from underlying emotional or physical issues like stress and abuse. These addictions often co-occur with drug and alcohol addictions, or they replace former addictions. People who recover from alcohol addiction often overeat sweet foods to replace the body’s lessened sugar intake, which can also lead to an addiction. However, aside from these mental issues, addictive personalities also play a significant role in developing secondary addictions. For instance, someone with an addictive personality is more prone to develop multiple secondary addictions. Certain primary addictions predispose people to secondary addictions, like alcohol abuse commonly leads people to eat poorly.

Lastly, primary and secondary addictions often contribute to one another, which makes recovery more difficult. Similarly, to treat and recover from both addictions at the same time, Anchorage residents must treat both of them together.

Integrated Treatment for Co-Occurring Conditions

Integrated treatment at a licensed rehab facility is equipped to treat both primary and secondary addictions at the same time. This yields the best chances for recovery, as professionals in these treatment programs are trained to find the underlying cause of both problems. Additionally, Anchorage residents can receive any of the following benefits in integrated treatment:

  • Education about drug and alcohol addictions and how they relate to secondary addictions
  • Individual and group counseling for people with co-occurring conditions
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that helps identify why the addiction developed and how to avoid it in the future
  • Full access to support groups during and after treatment

Many Anchorage residents will develop addictive behaviors in response to unresolved stress and trauma. However, integrated treatment can offer therapy to resolve the issues that contribute to both the primary and secondary addictions. Secondary addictions that go untreated can have severe consequences on addiction recovery, especially because it puts people at high risk for relapse. Get help today for these dangerous issues.

Help for Anchorage Residents with Secondary Addictions

If you or an Anchorage loved one struggles with secondary addictions, please call our toll-free helpline for support. Our professional counselors are standing by 24 hours a day to find the treatment you need for a safe and healthy recovery. Don’t let addiction hold you back any longer. Call us today for instant support.