Addiction has many forms. It doesn’t just involve misusing substances like alcohol or drugs but can also refer to behaviors that become addictive and compulsive. This type of behavior is sometimes known as process addiction.
What Is Process Addiction?
Process addiction refers to behaviors that provide you with an emotional high, quickly leading to the desire to repeat the experience despite potential negative consequences.
If you have a process addiction, you’re unable to stop yourself from engaging in the addictive behavior and will go to great lengths to avoid feeling the discomfort that would result from ceasing it.
The most common types of process addiction are:
- Shopping addiction
- Sex addiction
- Gambling addiction
- Exercise addiction
- Food addiction
- Gaming addiction
You might have a process addiction if the behavior affects your relationships or causes mental or physical health issues or if you’ve tried unsuccessfully to stop the behavior in the past.
Young Adult Process Addiction Treatment Options
The qualified mental health professionals at Kiwi Recovery offer various treatment programs to address process addiction in teens and young adults.
Full-Day Treatment Program
Our full-day treatment program offers a level of care comparable to residential treatment but without the need for you to stay at our facilities overnight.
During our full-day program, we offer process addiction therapy options that focus on behavioral therapy. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) can help you recognize the negative self-talk and thought patterns that affect your actions. Once you can identify them, you can begin changing how you think.
We also offer holistic therapies, which can help improve every aspect of your physical, mental, and emotional health, not just the symptoms of addiction. Holistic therapies can help you learn to enjoy other activities while also learning to regulate your emotions and manage stress.
Additionally, we offer group therapy sessions as part of teen process addiction therapy. Group therapy can give you the chance to meet others who are struggling with addiction. A process addiction can make you feel isolated, worsening the compulsive need to engage in certain behaviors.
By meeting others struggling with addiction, you can start building a reliable support system.
Intensive Outpatient Program
We also offer an intensive outpatient program (IOP) as part of our young adult process addiction treatment options. An IOP is a step down from a full-day program, offering more freedom and fewer treatment hours.
During our IOPs, you’ll receive individual sessions centered on behavioral therapies, as well as access to holistic therapies that can keep you focused on your recovery.
You’ll have hours of group sessions each week to connect to your community and feel less alone as you go through recovery. We also offer family therapy sessions, as we know that a process addiction can affect everyone in your life. Family therapy can help you rebuild relationships and regain the trust of your loved ones.
During an IOP, we place special emphasis on relapse prevention, teaching you how to manage stress, avoid triggers, and regulate your emotions without needing to turn to addictive behaviors.
Turn to Kiwi Recovery for Teen Process Addiction Therapy
If you have an addiction to behaviors like gambling, shopping, gaming, eating, or having sex, Kiwi Recovery can help. We offer intensive care that works to uncover the cause of the addiction so you can start making the necessary changes to your behavior.