Process addictions are addictions to activities or processes such as gambling, eating, tanning, video/gaming, spending, sex, Internet surfing and work as opposed to a “substance addiction” like that of drugs or alcohol. The prevailing view is that process addictions are “real” addictions and that they share many commonalities with drug addiction.
People develop process addictions when they become addicted to the feelings of performing a certain action. When people have process addictions, they often have fears that they attempt to control by repeating certain actions. These actions are called compulsive behaviors, and a lot of people struggle with them. Some people even try to deal with process addictions alone, because they think that no one will understand their conditions. However, process addictions and the compulsive behaviors they cause are best managed with professional treatment, so seek outside help to address your psychological issues.
Process addiction categories include: