Behavioural addiction

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If something is nice, we want to have as much of it as possible. Some people, however, do not have a 'stop button' and can become addicted.

You constantly feel the urge to perform a certain behavior, for example gambling, gaming, surfing the internet or watching porn or having sex. Your feelings and thoughts are determined by this behavior. This dependence can vary from mild to severe or chronic behavior. We speak of a behavioral addiction when you start to show the same behavior more and more or for an extended period of time. You want to reduce or stop, but you can't. You get a constant desire that is difficult to suppress and takes a lot of your time.

You constantly feel the urge to perform a certain behavior, for example gambling, gaming, surfing the internet or watching porn or having sex. Your feelings and thoughts are determined by this behavior. This dependence can vary from mild to severe or chronic behavior. We speak of a behavioral addiction when you start to show the same behavior more and more or for an extended period of time. You want to reduce or stop, but you can't. You get a constant desire that is difficult to suppress and takes a lot of your time.

Recognizing a behavioral addiction

Behavioral addiction can manifest differently in each person

An addiction can be very disruptive in your relationship, social network or at work.

Symptoms

We speak of a behavioral addiction when you feel a compulsive need to exhibit certain behavior, which you do not really enjoy anymore. It is when you not satisfying this behavior that very difficult feelings and thoughts are evoked. Although you are aware of this, you can not stop it. Your addiction takes more and more time and all other things have to give way. Although there are many different behavioral addictions, we see a number of sympotoms almost always come back:

  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Problems sleeping
  • You can't reduce this behavior
  • Withdrawal symptoms
  • Avoiding problems
  • Lie about your behavior
  • Denial you have a problem
  • Neglect activities and obligations

Effects of a behavioral addiction

A behavioral addiction often leads to many problems at home, at work or with social contacts. Your functioning is negatively affected and your neglecting more and more tasks. Ultimately this leads to total disruption of your daily life. The problems and consequences flow together over time and you end up in a negative spiral. This increases the need for the behavioral addiction you are trying to avoid and so the vicious circle is complete. We often see that the increase in problems can also lead to a substance addiction, like alcohol or drugs.

Treatment of a behavioral addiction

At U-center you receive a personal treatment for your behavioral addiction. We treat you as a human being, not just your diagnosis. Together we work with you to stop or reduce the behavior and to change the patterns that maintain the addiction. We investigate the underlying problems and causes of the problem. Your social life also plays an importatn role in the treatment. We strengthen your psychological state and help you find a healthy balance.

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Integrated and personalized approach

With a behavioral addiction there are often several problems. Think of a combination of depression and anxiety, alcohol addiction or trauma. There may also be other causes or effects that will maintain your complaints. All of this requires a personalised approach. That is why we work from an integrated approach, in which we take everything that affects your life and behavioral addiction. Also consider your personality, relationships, family situation, work and physical health. Together with our treatment team we look at the issues underlying the addiction.  We help you to gain a new perspective with new insights into the behavioural patterns that are maintaining your addiction.

Intensive treatment programme

U-center offers a seven-week intensive and integrated inpatient treatment programme. Inpatient treatment at our behavioural health hospital treatment centre near Maastricht presents the opportunity to work on yourself and your problems with our help and support. Together with the mentor assigned to you, you will draw up a personal treatment plan which provides you with the necessary guidelines and sets out the goals you wish to achieve. Our professional staff will provide you with all the tools and support. However, your commitment is also essential in order to make progress. Our healing environment, consisting of warm and welcoming surroundings and various facilities, ensures that you have every opportunity to work on yourself. 

Internet addiction

What is internet addiction?

We can no longer imagine a world without internet. Internet addiction is a relatively recent development that is becoming increasingly more common. It has not yet reached the levels of alcohol addiction, though it appears to be just as dangerous because it is so unnoticeable. Everyone makes regular use of the internet. As a result, an addiction can be difficult to recognize.

Gambling addiction

What is a gambling addiction?

A trip with colleagues or friends to the casino, or betting on a race - a gambling addiction often begins as an exciting pastime. In the beginning you may sometimes win something. However, the craving to win more, more often and that feeling of euphoria can increase to the point where you have become addicted.

Gaming addiction

What is a gaming addiction?

You are spending hours gaming. You have to play, win or finish just one more game. When this need starts to dominate other essential needs like eating and sleeping, it is important to sound the alarm. An addiction to gaming is a serious problem. Today’s advanced, sometimes unnervingly realistic electronic games have an addictive effect on many people that can lead to compulsive behaviour.

Sex addiction

What is a sex addiction?

Looking for help for psychological problems or an addition is not easy, particularly when it involves an intimate problem such as an addiction to sex. You are constantly preoccupied with sex, but do not dare to tell anyone about it. A sex addiction can turn your life upside down. You are fighting with strong desires that are increasingly controlling your life, without being able to control them.

 

Loved ones

How can you support someone with a drug addiction?

Living with someone with an addict is difficult and brings a lot of tension, conflict and suffering. For family, partners and friends it is terrible to see their loved one succumbing further to addiction, unable to reach them. Denial leads to a lot of frustration and anger, and this tension increases the need to succumb to their addiction and more lying is often the result. Until you are caught in a vicious circle together. Addiction destroys a lot, often things you love dearly. From experience we know that it takes a huge effort to talk to someone about their addiction. We advise you not to try to tackle the problem alone, but to seek support from friends and family or professionals.

 

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