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Process Addiction: How We Can Help

Researchers speak of two types of addictions: substance addictions (e.g. alcoholism, drug abuse, and smoking) and process addictions, such as those related to gambling, spending, shopping, eating and sexual activity. We understand that many of our clients with alcohol and/or drug problems also have co-occurring process addictions. Any addiction by definition causes significant problems and consequences in your life, so we address each addiction during the course of treatment.

We work with recognized specialists to develop personalized treatment plans for a range of process addictions, including:

  • Gambling
  • Compulsive overeating
  • Spending
  • Hoarding
  • Internet and video gaming
  • Workaholism
  • Sexual acting out
  • Shopping
  • Exercising
  • And other high risk behavior that induce negative consequences
Alta Mira is a safe place to recover and build strength in yourself.
– Katarina A., Alta Mira Alumna

How We Treat Process Addiction

At Alta Mira, we treat process addictions in much the same way we do drug and alcohol dependence. In our experience, the core issues that typically drive substance abuse are similar to those driving process addictions. In fact, in some cases cross addiction to processes becomes evident only after an individual is safely detoxed.

Because process addictions are diseases with serious physical and psychological effects, we treat their biological, psychological, social, interpersonal and spiritual components. Our approach combines traditional clinical and integrated holistic techniques. These include:

  • A medical, psychological and nutritional assessment to help develop a healing plan for your body and mind
  • A minimum of two weekly individual sessions with your primary therapist in addition to sessions with our Director of Integrative Healing, our addiction psychiatrist, our addiction internist and our recovery counselors
  • Individual or group sessions with a process addiction specialist, when clinically indicated
  • Daily group therapy
  • Regular physical exercise, yoga, massage, meditation, and acupuncture to help you reconnect with your body
  • Access to a variety of 12-step and recovery peer support group meetings
  • Family of origin work to help you gain insight into interpersonal dynamics and relationship issues
  • Alta Mira’s process addiction work helps you increase awareness of your disease, improve your mood and mental clarity, and develop effective recovery tools. With this foundation, you will be able assume personal responsibility, provide better self care and find your path to recovery.


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