In our culture, compulsive behaviors and addictions run rampant and alcohol and drug addictions are generally the first to come to mind.
There are also “process” addictions that involve compulsive behavior with respect to an act that, on its own, is not physically addictive. The lack of a physical addiction separates this addiction from alcohol abuse and drug addiction.
Process addictions include compulsive behaviors with respect to eating, sex, gambling, shopping, love, Internet surfing, cell phones, and computer games. All these things, done in moderation, can be enjoyable parts of our lives. But to those who suffer from an addiction, the acts can become all-consuming, destroying the addict’s personal life, career, and overall sense of happiness.