If there’s something you just can’t stop doing and it’s taking over your life, you may be struggling with a process addiction.
All of us have certain activities that give us satisfaction, joy and purpose. For example, we may love our work. We may adore fashion and enjoy the time we spend shopping for new styles. We may even find that sex and romance hold a special place in our lives – and that we feel most alive when we’re sharing an intimate moment with someone.
However, there are times when something that might have been a positive part of our lives becomes an unhealthy focus. It seems we simply can’t stop. Before long, we begin to hurt our partners, families and friends as our compulsive behaviors take over.
Mental health experts refer to this pattern as process addiction, or behavioral addiction. We know that this form of addiction affects hundreds of thousands of people, and that many end up losing careers, homes and relationships to behaviors they can’t control.
If you are worried that you someone you know is suffering from process addiction, now is the time to seek out the help you need.
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The treatment team at SunCloud gets it. They practice what they preach, they are compassionate and they are true professionals. They all understand what I am going through and they have guided me from a hopeless place of disease to recovery and a life worth living. Most importantly they have helped me realize that I am worth something and that I don’t have to use in order to cope with life and all that comes with it. Recovery can be amazing. Trust me. The work is not easy and it is totally worth it! Today I am alive.
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