Process addictions tend to be categorized based on the vice that sits at the center of the fixation. The most prevalent ones are:
Sex addiction – Sex releases numerous chemicals in the brain that improve mood, relieve pain, etc. Many sex addicts engage in compulsive sexual behavior to satisfy the craving for this feeling. They are frequently preoccupied with sexual behavior and become irritable and discontent if they cannot engage in the behavior.
Love addiction - Love addiction involves fantasizing over an ideal relationship, despite the reality of the said relationship. Love addicts often seek out toxic partners they are not compatible with an effort to cope with problems in their life. Their emotional well-being is frequently determined by others, and they may seek new partners if feeling unfulfilled.
Shopping addiction – When a person has a shopping addiction, the power to purchase creates a sense of control that assists in coping with other issues, such as anxiety or depression. Like other addictions, shopping addicts experience a flood of endorphins and dopamine when shopping and spending, ultimately making them feel good and free of negative feelings. It is important to note that shopping addiction presents in multiple forms, such as compulsive buying to avoid negative feelings, obsessive bargain hunting, frequently buying and returning items, or shopping for flashy/luxury goods.
Gaming and technology addiction – Social media, gaming, and other technological vices are the source of addiction for many people. These people may use these outlets to cope with other issues and are unable to stop after a reasonable amount of time. Gaming and technology addiction promote an unhealthy desire for instant gratification and can lead to depression, isolation, poor social skills, and physical health issues.
Exercise addiction – While exercise plays a big part in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, too much exercise can absolutely be detrimental to one’s health and well-being. Exercise addicts compromise relationships, responsibilities, physical, and mental health to maintain their workout regimen.
Food addiction – This addiction type manifests as an uncontrollable urge to eat food often containing high amounts of fat, sugar, or salt. These foods release feel-good chemicals in the brain, allowing the addict to feel pleasure while eating. Addicts crave and eat these foods even though they may be full or not hungry, and have difficulty stopping on their own.