for Process Addiction in Thailand
It is a commonly known fact that there are many people around the world that are addicted to drugs and alcohol. But not everyone is aware that literally millions more people are addicted to what we call processes – behaviours that one can become addicted to. These include gambling addiction, sex addiction and internet addiction. It is little wonder that process addiction treatment has rocketed in recent times.
At first glance it may seem that these process addictions could not possibly have the same negative effects as an addiction to substances – that simply is not true. All addictions – whether substance or process addictions – can be a devastating force on the addict’s life, as well as the lives of those close to them.
Addiction is a chronic disease that alters the brain’s reward function. With process addictions, it is a specific action or activity that the addict is engaged in that triggers the reward system. With time, and repetition, the addict cannot derive the same kind of pleasure from other activities as they can by engaging in this particular activity.
There are three main process or behavioural addictions – and while the treatment for each one is similar – they are distinct behaviours in and of themselves:
Gambling is one of the most popular pastimes in the world. It seems that not only is it perfectly legal in many countries, but it is actively encouraged and celebrated. Sadly, for some people betting and gambling can become an addiction.
It is estimated that approximately 2-3% of Americans are currently suffering from gambling addiction – with a higher percentage among younger adults (due to gaming and the emergence of online gambling). That’s approximately 6 million gambling addicts in the U.S. alone! Gambling addiction, or compulsive gambling, occurs when a person is unable to stop gambling – despite the losses and the negative consequences, such as large amounts of debt, ruined relationships, and more.
Smartphones, tablets and laptops bring the World Wide Web right to your fingertips and are accessible every minute of every day.
Unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly difficult to tell the difference between ‘normal’ internet use and internet addiction. One of the greatest gifts of the internet is to keep in touch with friends and family, near and far. However, when internet usage begins interfering with ‘real-life’ relationships, work or school productivity and even your health – it is a sign that you have likely got an internet addiction.
Sex makes up a vital part of the human experience. However, for some people, it becomes almost an obsession. Sex addiction occurs when a person spends increasing amounts of time thinking about and seeking out new sexual encounters. It is also important to include masturbation, for some, can become a point of obsession as well. When sex, masturbation and sexual thoughts begin ruining relationships, decreasing work or school productivity, and other negative effects, it is likely that you are suffering from sex addiction.
Not all addiction treatment centres are trained and equipped to deal with process addictions. At The Cabin, however, we offer comprehensive, world-class addiction treatment programmes for process addictions that can successfully treat any of the above-mentioned addictions.
Our unique Changing Pathways model is specifically designed to treat the types of addictions where abstinence is not possible as a lifelong goal – such as sex and internet addiction. The Changing Pathways programme uses a combination of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), 12 Steps, and mindfulness meditation to successfully treat these addictions, as well as equip clients with relapse prevention strategies.
Substance addiction is treated much differently to process addiction because, other than gambling addiction, complete abstinence is not possible. One can obviously not abstain from food, for example, and abstaining from sex or internet is simply unrealistic.
Since most substance addiction treatment programmes revolve around abstinence, process addiction programmes must be amended to fit these addictions. This is, of course, why it is so important to find an addiction treatment centre that has sharp-end experience in treating process addictions, such as The Cabin. Our counsellors are well trained in sex, internet and gambling addictions, and know-well the challenges that these addictions present.
A medically supervised detox is not required for process addiction – as the body is not physically dependent on any of these behaviours. As such, clients presenting with process addiction will move straight into a treatment schedule of group counselling and one-on-one therapy sessions – combined with physical and mental fitness activities such as mindfulness therapy, physical fitness and more.
Clients will be taught how to free themselves from addiction using Changing Pathways, which involves Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), 12 Steps and Mindfulness. They will learn how to avoid addiction triggers and they will be provided with many new coping strategies for when they are faced with cravings or unavoidable triggers.
Absolutely, we take the privacy and confidentiality of our clients seriously. So, the only people who will know about your treatment here at The Cabin are the people you, personally, nominate to know.
In many cases, Yes. This, of course, depends on your own personal insurance policy and its inclusions. Be sure to check with your insurer, or you can contact us directly and we can help you find out.
Addiction is a chronic, progressive disease. As such, the longer you let an addiction go untreated, the worse it is going to get. In order to have the highest chance of a successful recovery, it is important to seek treatment at the first signs of addiction. If you or a loved one is suffering from any of the above process addictions, fill out our contact form or call one of our toll-free numbers today.
Everyone deserves a chance to live free from addiction and to live a productive and fulfilling life.