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What is Behavioural Addiction? 

Welcome to Emma Charlton Hypnotherapy, where we specialise in helping individuals overcome behavioural addiction. Our expert hypnotherapy techniques can help you regain control over your life and break free from compulsive behaviours that are negatively impacting your well-being. Whether you're struggling with social media addiction, gaming addiction, or gambling addiction, we're here to support you on your journey towards recovery. Contact us today to learn more about our services and take the first step towards a healthier, happier life.

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Behavioural addiction, also known as process addiction or non-substance-related addiction, refers to a condition where individuals become compulsively engaged in rewarding activities despite negative consequences on their physical, mental, social, and financial well-being.

Here are some key characteristics of behavioural addiction:

  • Loss of control: Individuals struggle to control the frequency and duration of their engagement with the behaviour, often experiencing strong urges or cravings that are difficult to resist.

  • Continued use despite negative consequences: Despite experiencing negative outcomes, individuals continue to engage in the behaviour, even if it harms their relationships, work, or health.

  • Salient features: Different forms of behavioural addiction may have specific features, for example:

    • Social media addiction: Excessive use of social media platforms, leading to neglecting responsibilities and experiencing withdrawal symptoms like anxiety when unable to access them.

    • Gaming addiction: Spending an unhealthy amount of time playing video games, neglecting personal needs and social interaction.

    • Gambling addiction: Compulsive gambling behaviour that leads to financial problems, strained relationships, and emotional distress.

Similarities to substance addiction:

  • Brain reward system: Similar to substance addiction, behavioural addictions activate the brain's reward system, leading to a release of dopamine when engaging in the activity. This "reward" reinforces the behaviour and creates a cycle of craving and engagement.

  • Withdrawal symptoms: When attempting to stop, individuals may experience withdrawal symptoms, such as irritability, anxiety, and even physical discomfort, depending on the specific behaviour.

It's important to note that:

  • Not everyone who engages in these behaviours will develop an addiction.

  • The severity of behavioural addiction can vary greatly between individuals.

  • Seeking professional help is crucial if you suspect you or someone you know may be struggling with a behavioural addiction.

By understanding the characteristics and potential impacts of behavioural addiction, individuals can be better equipped to make informed decisions about their own behaviours and seek help when necessary.

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