Compulsion vs. Addiction: Free Yourself from Addiction with Myrtle Beach Recovery

People who struggle with addiction can also struggle with compulsive behaviors, leading to a complicated recovery. In this blog, we will look at the relationship between compulsion and addiction and see how Myrtle Beach Recovery might help you overcome this. 

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Compulsion vs. Addiction: Which One Is It?

As someone who uses substances, you may be wondering whether you are doing so out of compulsion or addiction. The key difference is the intent. A person who is engaging in compulsive behaviors is doing so to avoid anxiety and fear, whereas the addict is moving towards pleasure. Unfortunately, that pleasure doesn’t last, and the addiction becomes all-consuming or even physical, which ends in horrific withdrawal symptoms. These withdrawal symptoms can cause someone to be unable to stop using alcohol or drugs. 

With compulsions, the fear associated with not engaging in the act is usually not rooted in reality, which can make it hard for anyone to understand and lead to isolation. For example, they may fear that letting go of an act will lead to something bad happening but are unsure exactly what that is or even why they feel that way. 

Definition of Compulsive Behaviors vs. Addiction

  • Compulsive behaviors are repetitive actions that people partake in to relieve themselves from negative feelings. Normally, the urge to repeat those behaviors will return over and over again. 
  • Addiction involves an individual engaging in different behaviors even though they are harmful. Normally, there is an aspect of cravings, and the addict will engage in these behaviors to seek pleasure or escape. 

What Are The 3 C’s of Addiction Compulsion?

Compulsive behaviors in addiction are often characterized by the “3 C’s”, craving, control, and consequences. 

  • Craving: A strong urge or desire to engage in the behavior.
  • Control: Someone may lose control over using. 
  • Consequences: They keep using despite negative consequences, which may be financial or health-related. 

How Does Myrtle Beach Recovery Address Compulsive Behaviors in Addiction?

Myrtle Beach Recovery recognizes the complex interplay between compulsion and addiction. We offer support groups and a safe space to recover. But we can also refer you to therapists who specialize in a multifaceted approach that addresses both the underlying causes of the addiction and the associated compulsive behaviors.

Here are some of the ways therapists address compulsive behaviors in addiction:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT): CBT helps individuals identify and change negative thought patterns that contribute to their compulsions.
  • Exposure and response prevention (ERP): ERP gradually exposes individuals to triggers for their compulsions and helps them develop coping skills to resist the urge to engage in the behavior.
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT): DBT helps individuals manage their emotions and develop healthy coping mechanisms for dealing with stress and anxiety.
  • Mindfulness-based therapies: Mindfulness practices can help individuals become more aware of their thoughts and feelings and respond to them in a more mindful way.

Benefits of Seeking Treatment at Myrtle Beach Recovery:

  • Experienced and compassionate team: Our team is dedicated to providing individualized care in a supportive and understanding environment.
  • Evidence-based treatment: We use a variety of evidence-based support methods that have been proven to be effective in treating addiction and compulsive behaviors.
  • Holistic approach: We address all aspects of addiction, including physical, emotional, and social well-being.
  • Beautiful and serene setting: Our location in Myrtle Beach provides a relaxing and therapeutic environment for healing and recovery.

Breaking free from the cycle of compulsion and addiction is possible. Call us today.