Conditions we treat
“Behavioral addictions share similarities with substance addictions.”
They both share common features, such as repetitive engagement in a behavior despite severe consequences; a pattern of out of control behavior; inability to stop the problematic behavior despite desire or effort to do so; an urge or craving before engaging in the behavior; and a pleasure or emotional modification during the performance of the problematic behavior.
Moreover, in both cases, the substance or behavior becomes the most important activity in a person’s life and tends to dominate the person’s thinking, feelings, and behavior. They both include tolerance, withdrawal, and relapse, and impairment in major areas of life functioning.