Regardless of the type of activity, the trigger of engaging in an addictive activity is similar to addictions in the actual compulsive behavior. Generally, some common process addiction symptoms can be filtered to the following:
- A deep craving for the addicting activity.
- Having that rewarding sensation (or thrill) of the anticipation of getting something out of an addicting activity.
- Going through a “ritual” that will lead to the actual addicting activity (booting up a computer before a gaming session, preparing food to eat, contacting possible sex partners, setting up drug paraphernalia before the actual consumption of the substance, etc.).
- Experiencing the sensation one feels after indulging in the addicting activity (the “high” one gets from drugs, the feeling of being full after a meal, even living out destructive behaviour after a one night stand or taking drugs, etc.).
- Associating the obsessive-compulsive behaviour related to engaging in an addicting activity as an equal or even more powerful form of addiction.
To place process addiction in an even more focused perspective, here are some specific addiction symptoms that relate to behavioral addiction triggers:
The feeling of getting “hooked” in a game, regardless of what’s at stake, is a common link to behavioral addiction. The pleasure of getting a reward, no matter if the afflicted has already lost in terms of relationships, finances, and even health, is a major symptom of being addicted to compulsive behavior.
This type of addiction primarily starts as a normal routine. Mainly because of the accessibility of pornography online, most individuals start this form of addiction as a simple online search. The search eventually transforms into a routine, wherein the afflicted now takes pleasure in digging deeper for more forms of pornography. The thrill correlates with the dopamine effect – there is a reward for searching, which may result in various health hazards for the individual.
The search for multiple partners to engage in sexual activities is highly connected to process addiction. Aside from the stimulating effect of searching for potential partners, individuals addicted to sex may also be prone to various diseases connected to the said activity.
Getting addicted to purchases is a prime example of how one can trick him or herself on why there is a need to buy something. Sometimes, justifying purchases mainly because of a bargain or the promo attached to a product can be a form of addiction.
Social Media Addiction
Spending an immense amount of time in social media is a recent form of addiction. Updating one’s profile or simply scrolling on a feed can be damaging, especially if relationships, work or school commitments, and one’s health, are all directly affected because of the medium.
Indulging in consuming an immense amount of food also has a direct correlation on compulsive behavior. Individuals suffering from this condition are prone not only to physical health disorders but to mental ones as well, connected to obesity issues.