Behavioral addictions generally refer to non-drug related obsessions. In a sense, substance and behavioral addictions are very similar; the person never ceases to engage in the same behavior with high intensity despite the dire consequences.
It describes a person’s obsession when it comes to work to the point that outside interests, social involvements, relationships and personal health are compromised. There is a thin line between work addiction and just working too much. Often times, a simple hardworking person sees their job as a fulfilling obligation and necessary but work addicts cannot afford not to work. Their minds continue to be preoccupied and wander about job-related problems/issues.
According to research, work addiction is rooted from childhood and family background. They became products of a thinking that nothing is good enough or perfection is the key to success. The problem is, perfection is unachievable, regardless of age and economic status.
It is preoccupancy about anything that has something to do with food—from ingredients, preparations to meals. Eating too much despite dire consequences to one’s health or cutting back on food intake is similar to the description of drug dependence. The drive to consume food is very intense that it overpowers the motivation to observe self-control which is alike to the compulsion of what drug addicts experience in resisting the substance.
However, weight problem is not equated to food addiction, although obesity is affecting people all over the world, including Singapore where 1 out of 9 people are affected. In a nutshell, the difference lies on the intensity of cravings and power to control.
Shopping addiction has similar characteristics to alcoholism, overeating and gambling. It is excessive, out of control and gives a sort of high or rush just like a substance addict. In most cases, persons with this addiction like to shop till they drop and feel literally better in doing so, an ordinary person would feel worse in spending too much as it has financial fire backs. Shopping addicts normally have a bunch of stuff or possessions never been used and still have price tags.
It is an obsession or overuse of internet to the point of losing time with loved ones and lack of sleep. Although internet addiction is not yet formally recognized as a disorder, therapists and rehab centers are facilitating treatment procedures to affected persons using the same approach to cure chemical-related addictions.