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Different Types of Addiction

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Different Types of Addiction

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There are all kinds of addictions people battle in their daily lives. There are two categories for the different types of addiction. The first type of addiction is a behavioral addiction, in which you physically do something that leads to a possible chemical release within your brain. Alternatively, the person may have a substance addiction, in which you physically ingest something.

This type of addiction may involve consuming alcohol, breathing in a narcotic, or taking a drug. While substance and behavioral addictions are starkly different from one another, each has the potential to affect your life. Most types of addiction can destroy important relationships, cause the loss of jobs, and lead to legal problems. Due to this, it is important to understand these different addictions and to seek help.

At Red Oak Recovery®, we provide support for men who are suffering from addiction, mental health conditions, and trauma. With the help of our services, the men we treat can move into a better and brighter future. To learn more about our addiction treatment programs for young men, please contact Red Oak Recovery® today at 866.457.7590.

Kinds Of Substance Addictions

Substance addictions are the most commonly referenced forms of addiction, but behavioral addictions can sometimes come out of nowhere and when it is least expected. However, in terms of substance addictions, some of the more common types of addiction include:

  • Alcohol addiction
  • Prescription drug addiction
  • Drug addiction
  • Heroin addiction
  • Opioid addiction

These substances can wreak havoc on a person’s mental and physical health. If someone is suffering from a substance use disorder, it is vital for them to seek treatment as soon as possible.

Kinds of Behavioral Addictions

Behavioral addictions often have a very simple origin. Perhaps you were in a casino with a friend, put down a random bet on a random table to pass the time, and you won. That sudden feeling of winning may have caused a chemical release in your body that you’d never felt before. To replicate that feeling, you then continue to gamble. But, as is almost always the case, the house will win more often than not, which can lead to some serious monetary problems (which then will lead to job and family issues as well).

All of these types of addiction do not start as an addiction but can spiral out of control. Some of the more common behavioral addictions include:

  • Eating disorders
  • Gambling addiction
  • Added to video games
  • Porn addiction
  • Sex addiction
  • Social media addiction

While behavioral addictions don’t necessarily have the same effect on the person’s physical health, they can certainly impact other areas of life. Fortunately, there are treatment options available.

Different Recovery Methods For Different Disorders

There are different recovery methods for different addiction disorders. For example, substance use often begins with a detox process, where the body must rid itself of the particular drug. Following detox, there is possibly a rehab stay. Rehab helps give the body a fresh start, but it still very much is up to the mind to help maintain a sober lifestyle.

Behavioral addictions do not generally require a detox period, as there is no chemical alteration being consumed by the body. However, the body still desires the release it experiences after these actions take place. Due to this, a rehab service is often necessary as the body needs to be separated from the addiction.

If you are suffering from a behavioral addiction (or possibly you have both a substance and behavioral addiction, which isn’t uncommon), it is important to look for a rehab center that provides services for these kinds of addictions.

Get the Treatment You Need at Red Oak Recovery® Today

If you’re currently struggling with addiction, you don’t need to battle through it on your own. The best way to move past your addiction and into a healthier lifestyle is to seek out assistance. This is often the best way to keep addiction at bay, regardless of the types of addiction you may struggle with. However, there are a variety of treatment options available to help turn the tide, such as:

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

A structured approach that helps individuals identify and change negative thought patterns and behaviors. This method empowers people to develop healthier ways of thinking and acting, leading to improved mental well-being.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

A form of therapy that combines cognitive-behavioral techniques with mindfulness strategies to manage emotions and improve relationships. This approach helps individuals develop greater self-awareness and emotional regulation skills.

Adventure Therapy

An experiential type of therapy that involves outdoor activities to promote personal growth and improve mental health.

Experiential Therapy

A therapeutic approach that uses expressive tools and activities, such as role-playing, to help individuals explore their emotions and experiences.

Group Therapy

A form of psychotherapy where a small group of people meet regularly to discuss and work through shared issues under the guidance of a therapist.

Individual Therapy

One-on-one sessions with a therapist to address personal issues and work toward individual mental health goals.

Take the First Step Toward Recovery

Now is the perfect time to contact Red Oak Recovery®. Call us at 866.457.7590 or use our online contact form to begin the process of reclaiming your life from addiction.