Process Addictions and Impulse Control Disorders

Behavioural addictions come in many shapes and forms, and can include almost any compulsive behaviour that can have a negative impact on someone’s life.

It is common for vulnerable individuals to suffer from multiple behavioural disorders, often co-occurring with addiction to substances. Like substance based addictions to drugs or alcohol, process addictions can have a serious effect on someone’s health and quality of life.

A behavioural addiction means that an individual will engage in a specific action despite the negative consequences to themselves and others around them.

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Shopping addiction is a compulsive disorder that is defined by compulsive shopping or over-shopping

The desire to engage in such actions is often so powerful that the cost, whether financial, emotional or physical to that person can be enormous. Professional treatment is often required to prevent the illness from continuing to be destructive to a person’s life.


Examples of Behavioural Disorders
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Sex Addiction
  • Exercise Addiction
  • Internet Addiction
  • Hoarding Addiction
  • Shopping Addiction

Eating disorders are also classed as behavioural disorders and it is not uncommon for substance dependence to co-occur at the same time. Eating disorders can create life threatening situations so special caution is required when choosing any treatment methods.

The potentially serious health risks associated with eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia mean that treatment should be sought at the earliest possible opportunity. Learn more about eating disorder treatment and recovery.


Examples of Eating Disorders 
  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Binge Eating Disorder
  • Compulsive Eating
  • + More

Treating Behavioural Disorders

Treatment for any behavioural disorder will depend on the individual’s needs and desired outcomes. Each disorder should be approached in a way that ensures the best possible help is received.

It may be necessary to engage in an intensive inpatient programme, or it may only require a few counselling sessions with a qualified professional.

An assessment should always be carried out to allow for an addiction specialist to provide the best advice and recommend the most suitable course of treatment.

The desired outcome of any form of treatment will be to allow the person to move forward with their life without a continuation of their destructive behaviour.

The treatment of behavioural disorders will be likely to include individual and group counselling sessions, cognitive behavioural therapy, therapeutic activities, exercise, and mindfulness.

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Successful treatment will be followed by recovery maintenance and aftercare. All addiction treatment programmes work towards the same route to recovery and will follow the same basic principles of:


Abstinence > Rehabilitation > Aftercare > Maintenance


How can Addiction Friend Help?

Addiction Friend specialists are on hand to answer any questions you might have and can recommend the most appropriate treatment plan.

process addictions and impulse control disorders

We can make an assessment of the condition and recommend a plan to help you or someone you care about move forward to treatment.

We can communicate with the most suitable treatment provider and arrange for any aftercare that might be necessary.

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We can book you into treatment and take care of all the details.

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