Addictive Behavior

Addictive Behavior Defined:
Addictive behavior is an unhealthy way for the individual to cope with the stresses of life. Addiction begins when the body becomes dependent on something extrinsic in order to stave off physical, emotional, and psychological withdrawal. With continued exposure or consumption of the addictive element, dependence transitions into tolerance. Upon tolerance, the individual must increase dosage and/or exposure in order to avoid unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Although addiction is often associated with substance abuse, the term extends beyond the scope of drugs and alcohol and may include addictive behaviors that interfere with daily life.

Symptoms/Signs of Addictive Behavior:

  • Extreme Mood Changes
  • Changes in Sleep Patterns
  • Unhealthy Cravings
  • Preoccupation with an Activity
  • Fluctuating Energy
  • Weight Loss or Weight Gain
  • Secretiveness and Lying
  • Stealing
  • Financial Unpredictability
  • Changes in Social Interactions
  • Self-Hatred
  • Presence of Drugs or Drug Paraphernalia

BMS Treatment Options for Addictive Behavior:

If you or someone you know requires treatment for addiction, seek advice from a qualified professional. To determine if the behavior qualifies as “addictive,” start with a Screenings Those suffering from addiction can find care and support through BMS’s Addiction Services. Rehabilitation counseling pairs with other treatment services to provide comprehensive recovery solutions. Addiction can be difficult to overcome when you go it alone. Talk therapy or Counseling Services is a client-focused and progressive form of addiction treatment. Often, a person with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness may have a co-occurring addiction. Acute cases may require day programs or rehabilitation facilities.

Contact Behavior Management Systems for an individual assessment on treatment options.

More Information about Addictive Behavior from APA.org


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