We\u2019re all familiar with substance addiction, but what is a process addiction? While substance abuse gets a lot of attention, it isn\u2019t the only type of addiction out there. Behavioral or process addictions can mess with people\u2019s lives just as much as substance addiction. A process addiction is a compulsion to engage in a specific activity, no matter how it affects your ability to stay healthy and functional. You might feel a high from engaging in your addiction and then feel guilty later. But no matter how much you might try to stop, you can\u2019t. Addictions are almost impossible to overcome alone. Here are some different examples of process addictions and how they might show up in your life. Love\u00a0 Unlike sex addiction, love addiction comprises behavior that involves excessive interest for a partner, or partners, that ends up in lack of control. In other words, your desire for love negatively impacts every part of your life.\u00a0 Love addiction is not the same as personality or mood disorders. Diagnosing this condition is difficult because there\u2019s no consensus as to the specific criteria for it. Some experts believe it\u2019s an obsessive disorder, while others think it\u2019s mood-related. Sex\u00a0 Sex addiction is a compulsion to have sex or perform sexual acts to feel satisfied. Also called nymphomania, sex addicts may alter their lives to engage in sexual intercourse and other actions several times a day.\u00a0 Common signs of sex addiction include: \tObsessive sexual fantasies \tLying to hide behavior \tPreoccupation with having sex, to the point of it interfering with daily life \tInability to prevent the behaviors \tPlacing self and others in danger with behavior \tFeeling guilty after having sex Many people with sex addiction go undiagnosed and, therefore, don\u2019t get the help they need. Porn Porn addiction is classified as being unable to step away from watching porn, even when you have other things in your life that need your attention. It is also one of the more well-known process addictions. Typically, those with a porn addiction feel a loss of control over their watching habits. Some believe it\u2019s a compulsion instead of an addiction.\u00a0 Binge Eating Disorder Many eating disorders also fall into the category of process disorder.\u00a0 In particular, binge eating disorder is when someone eats large amounts of food quickly and then feels guilty later. Some binge eaters will purge afterward, while others won\u2019t.\u00a0 Binge eating episodes typically come with at least three of the following qualities: \tEating faster than normal \tEating beyond feeling full \tConsuming a lot of food without feeling hungry \tEating alone to avoid judgment or feeling embarrassed by how much food they consume \tFeeling disgusted, depressed, or guilty after eating \tFeeling out of control over your eating habits \tDieting frequently \tObsessing over body weight and shape \tEating in a disruptive way \tHaving feelings of low self-esteem Treatment for binge eating disorder is most effective when you\u2019re working with a recovery team that understands your condition\u2019s unique needs and has experience restoring clients to wellness.\u00a0\u00a0 How to Overcome a Process Addiction\u00a0\u00a0 The first thing you need to know about process addictions is that you should never overcome them alone.\u00a0 The Ranch\u2019s personalized sexual recovery center and addiction treatment programs can help you overcome these process addictions. Reach out to our admissions today at (888) 503-1801 to see how we can help you get your life back.