Similarities Between Behavioral and Substance Addictions

Drugs and alcohol get our “feel good” chemicals going, which can lead to physical dependency when we want to experience that feeling again. Did you know behaviors can have the same result? Things like shopping, sex, lying, stealing, and even eating can lead to addictions that are as tough to beat as any drug. Addiction is a disease, and both behavioral and substance addicts find that programs and strategies to overcome these dependencies such as counseling, education, support groups, 12-step programs and more, can be invaluable. A personalized treatment program can get you started on the road to overcoming addictions.

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By Carrie Rattle

Carrie Rattle is a Principal at, a website for women focused on mind and money behaviors. She has worked in the financial services industry for 20+ years and hopes to inspire women to better prepare themselves for financial independence. Read More