Effective and Affordable Process Addiction Treatment for Malaysians at The Cabin Chiang Mai
Hundreds of thousands of Malaysians are addicted to drugs and alcohol. However, not everyone is aware that many more are addicted to what we call processes – behaviours that one can become addicted to. These include gambling addiction, food addiction, sex addiction and internet addiction – and they hijack the brain’s reward system just like substances do.
If you’re struggling with any of the aforementioned disorders, you are not alone – process addictions are relatively common in Malaysia. For example, it’s been reported that 4.4% of Malaysia’s population has difficulty regulating gambling behaviours, in contrast to the relatively low figure of 2-3% in the US. In addition, a massive 37% of Malaysian parents report that their children use the internet with a frequency and intensity that regularly interferes with their obligations both at home and at school.
While at first glance it may seem that these process addictions could not possibly have the same negative effects as alcohol or drug addiction, that could not be further from the truth. Both substance and process addictions can wreak absolute havoc on an addict’s life, as well as the lives of those close to them.
Types of Process Addictions Treated at The Cabin Chiang Mai
There are four main types of process addictions, and while the treatment for each one is similar – the addiction itself varies as follows:
‘Food addiction’ and ‘sugar addiction’ have become common phrases over recent years – but what exactly do they mean? Essentially, food and sugar addiction are almost the same thing. Both exist when a person is unable to control their own consumption of certain foods – typically those high in sugar, fat and/or salt – to the point that it is causing negative effects on their life. Negative effects include poor health, social isolation, relationship problems, and more.
Many countries around the world not only allow legal gambling, they encourage it. And for some, betting and gambling can become an addiction. It’s estimated that approximately 2-3% of Americans are currently suffering from gambling addiction – that’s approximately 6 million gambling addicts in the US alone. Gambling addiction, or compulsive gambling, occurs when someone is unable to stop gambling despite the fact they’re suffering negative consequences such as large amounts of debt, ruined relationships and more.
Through smartphones, tablets and laptops, the Web is now at your fingertips and accessible every minute of every day. And unfortunately, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to tell the difference between ‘normal’ internet use and internet addiction. While one of the greatest benefits of the internet is keeping in touch with friends and family near and far, when internet usage begins interfering with your ‘real-life’ relationships, work or school productivity and even your health – it’s a sign that you have likely got an internet addiction.
Sex is a normal part of human life. For some people, however, it becomes almost an obsession. Sex addiction occurs when a person spends increasing amounts of time thinking about and seeking out new sexual encounters. When sex and sexual thoughts begin ruining relationships, decreasing work or school productivity, and other negative effects, it is likely that you are suffering from sex addiction.
How We Treat Process Addictions at The Cabin Chiang Mai
Not all addiction treatment centres are trained and equipped to deal with process addictions. At The Cabin Chiang Mai, however, we offer a comprehensive, world-class treatment programme that can successfully treat any of the above-mentioned addictions.
Our unique Recovery Zones model is specifically designed to treat addictions where abstinence is not possible as a life-long goal, such as in the case of those suffering from food, sex and internet addiction. We use a combination of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), 12 Steps, and mindfulness meditation to successfully treat these addictions, as well as equip clients with relapse prevention strategies.