Effective and Affordable Behavioral Addiction Treatment

Effective Treatment for Process/Behavioural Addiction

It is a common fact that millions of people around the world are addicted to drugs and alcohol. But not everyone is aware that millions more are addicted to what we call processes – behaviours that one can become addicted to. These include gambling addiction, sex addiction and internet addiction. It is little wonder that process addiction treatment has rocketed in recent times.

And while at first glance it may seem that these process addictions could not possibly have the same negative effects as alcohol or drug addiction – that simply is not true. All addictions – whether substance or process addictions – can wreak absolute havoc on the addict’s life and the lives of those close to them.

Types of Process/Behavioural Addictions Treated at The Cabin Chiang Mai in Thailand

There are main types of process addictions, and while the treatment for each one is similar – the addiction itself varies as follows:

Gambling Addiction:

Many countries around the world not only allow legal gambling – but they encourage it. And for some, betting and gambling can become an addiction. It is estimated that approximately 2-3% of Americans are currently suffering from gambling addiction. That’s approximately 6 million gambling addicts in the U.S. alone! Gambling addiction, or compulsive gambling, occurs when a person is unable to stop gambling – despite the fact that they are suffering negative consequences such as large amounts of debt, ruined relationships, and more.

Internet Addiction

Through smartphones, tablets and laptops, the World Wide Web is now at your fingertips and accessible every minute of every day. And unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly difficult to tell the difference between ‘normal’ internet use and internet addiction. While one of the greatest benefits of the internet is keeping in touch with friends and family near and far, when internet usage begins interfering with your ‘real-life’ relationships, work or school productivity and even your health – it is a sign that you have likely got an internet addiction.

Sex Addiction

Sex is a normal part of human life. For some people, however, it becomes almost an obsession. Sex addiction occurs when a person spends increasing amounts of time thinking about and seeking out new sexual encounters. When sex and sexual thoughts begin ruining relationships, decreasing work or school productivity, and other negative effects, it is likely that you are suffering from sex addiction.

Co-Occurring Disordered Eating

Co-occurring disordered Eating is when someone has both an eating disorder and another mental health problem. Some people think this isn’t as serious as drug or alcohol addiction. But people with disordered eating can have serious health problems and their daily lives can be affected. This condition shows how different parts of mental health are connected and how treatment needs to be tailored to each person.

Why You Should Not Wait

Addiction is a chronic, progressive disease. Thus, the longer you let an addiction go without professional treatment, the worse it is going to get. In order to have the highest chances of a successful recovery it is important to seek treatment at the first signs of addiction.

How We Treat Process/Behavioural Addictions at The Cabin Chiang Mai

Not all addiction treatment centres are trained and equipped to deal with process addictions. At The Cabin Chiang Mai, however, we offer a comprehensive, world-class addiction treatment for process addictions programme that can successfully treat any of the above-mentioned addictions.

Our unique The Changing Pathways model is specifically designed to treat addictions where abstinence is not possible as a lifelong goal, such as in the case of those suffering from sex and internet addiction. The Changing Pathways uses a combination of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), 12 Steps, and mindfulness meditation to successfully treat these addictions, as well as equip clients with relapse prevention strategies.

Challenges of Treating Process/Behavioural Addictions

Drug and alcohol addiction are treated much differently than Behavioural Addictions because other than gambling addiction, complete abstinence is not possible. Completely abstaining from food will obviously cause death, and abstaining from sex or the internet is just not realistic.

Since most substance addiction treatment programmes revolve around abstinence, process addiction programmes must be altered to fit these addictions. This is, of course, why it is so important to find an addiction treatment centre that has actual experience treating process addictions, such as The Cabin Chiang Mai in Thailand. Our counsellors are well trained in sex, internet and gambling addictions and of course, the challenges that these addictions present.

“This place has lifted me up from a rock bottom (suicide) state. With the support and advice given to me from the staff at the facility, I am well on the way to a great future. One I was never going to have if I hadn’t come to The Cabin.

What To Expect During Process/Behavioural Addiction Rehab in Thailand

Medically supervised detox is not required for process addictions, as the body is not physically dependent on these behaviours. Thus, our clients with process addictions will move straight into a treatment schedule of group and one-on-one counselling sessions combined with physical and mental fitness activities such as mindfulness therapy, physical fitness and more.

Our clients will be taught, using CBT, 12 Steps and The Changing Pathways, how to avoid addiction triggers and will be provided with many new coping strategies for when they are faced with cravings or unavoidable triggers. Those suffering from food addiction will have specially prepared meals each day.

There is No Time like NOW to get the Help You Need!

If you or a loved one are suffering from any of the above process addictions, fill out our contact form or call one of our toll-free numbers today. Both can be found on our contact page.

The sooner an addiction is treated, the better the chances are for a successful recovery.


Process/Behavioural Addictions Treatment FAQS

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease that involves altering the brain’s reward function. With process addictions, the action or activity that the addict pursues triggers the reward system. With time, the addict cannot derive the same pleasure from other activities as he can through the process of which he is addicted to.

Absolutely. At The Cabin Chiang Mai, we take every precaution necessary to ensure the privacy and confidentiality of our clients.

This depends on your own personal policy plan, but it many cases yes, it is. Be sure to contact one of our staff to find out more about your particular case.



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