Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder or Compulsive Behaviors are repeated or uncontrollable actions, often referred to as rituals, an individual performs to alleviate anxiety or discomfort. This can be unnecessarily washing your hands repeatedly or compulsively buying things that are not needed, even chronic use of drugs or alcohol. There is a difference between addiction and compulsive behavior. An urge for the desired outcome prompts addiction, whereas compulsive behavior is an insatiable need to do something.
Compulsive behavior modification requires a different treatment and set of coping techniques than addiction treatment alone. However, licensed therapists at The Counseling Centers’ can help recognize these actions and regain control, and individuals can be proactive in learning to avoid them.