It is increasingly possible for people to experience so-called
behavioural addictions. Many people find that they feel compelled to continue certain activities such as gambling,
eating, playing video games, overusing social media and internet
use even when they might wish to be doing something else and can see the damage that continuing is doing to
their lives. These sort of behaviours are particularly prone to becoming addictions because they provide the
opportunity for immediate reward via brain chemistry and so the mechanism of “addiction” still functions even
though the chemical input is internal.
As with chemically induced addictions counselling and CBT can be very effective in understanding the driving forces
of the behaviour and giving you the opportunity to take more control of the choices you are making.