Tech Addiction

Obsession: The next view, click, or download Compulsion: Playing video games, checking social media, watching You Tube, Porn, sending emails, surfing the web Video game playing, social media obsession, porn, smartphone usage…these are now acknowledged as more than just obsessions, but, in some cases, they can be debilitating addictions and clinical disorders that have ruined […]

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Lack of Meaning and Purpose in One’s Life

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Process Addictions

If you’re unfamiliar with the subject, process addictions refer to thoughts, feelings, activities, and relationships a person may use to survive an unhappy life. When people think about addictions, drug use and alcohol usually come to mind. Substances are easy to get addicted to, but behaviors can also become addictive. With process addictions, it’s about […]

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Understanding Your Obsession

Codependence can be found in many troubled relationships. The term is useful, but it’s often misunderstood or confused with something else. Some people even make light of it. So what does it mean? Think of codependence as the result of a child growing up with little or no affection. When that child grows up, they’re […]

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When Addictions Multiply

Stephanie had a problem. Several problems, actually. She was addicted to perfectionism, alcohol, and drugs. An obsession with her body image eventually led to an eating disorder. Not too long ago, Stephanie’s combined issues were referred to as co-morbidity or dual diagnosis. What exactly does that mean? A dual diagnosis indicates that a person has […]

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Relapse

Like it or not, it happens. It’s uncomfortable to think about, but don’t take it as a sign of failure. A relapse is simply a message. “Take this as an opportunity to learn,” it says. “Change, grow, and try again.” But you have a few questions. Who will offer kindness and support while you recover? […]

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Depression and Anxiety

When somebody experiences trauma, it’s normal to react with anxiety or depression. In many cases, these may be a response to unsettled trauma. They can also act as coping mechanisms when the body’s nervous system is overwhelmed. Anxiety keeps the system in an emotional “ON” state and depression keeps the system in an emotional “OFF” […]

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Codependency

What is codependence? It’s a confusing term, for sure, and trying to pin down the exact meaning can be frustrating. Was it made up by magazine psychologists looking to make easy money? Is it a fad in the world of mental health? A marketing tool? It doesn’t help that many experts have their own definitions. […]

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Trauma

The moment we experience trauma, our world is shattered. Our sense of safety and security disappears, leaving us feeling vulnerable, helpless, and paranoid. It does not matter if physical harm has taken place or not – any situation that leaves us scared or emotionally overwhelmed can be traumatic. It’s not what happened, it’s how it’s […]

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Work

Obsession: What can be done next Compulsion: Have to get this done, have to keep busy, work, work, work For most of us, work is something to dread. We’d rather be anywhere else than the office, but it’s what we have to do if we want to pay the bills. For others, however, work is […]

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Control

Obsession: Holding power over anything and everything Compulsion: Running the show When we believe we have no control over our lives, sometimes the need to have power over everything else overcomes us. Invaded boundaries and feelings of helplessness have very negative impacts that can’t (and shouldn’t) be ignored. Strong feelings of abandonment can also trigger […]

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Love / Romance / Relationships

Obsession: Being involved with someone, feeling important and special. Compulsion: The next romantic outing, affair, etc. Maui Recovery has seen many clients who are dealing with relationship issues. Negative experiences from our past can deeply affect how someone handles the future. Our adolescent years play a crucial role in our emotional development. When we have […]

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Sex

Obsession: Intercourse, pornography. Compulsion: Participating in sexual activities, watching pornography. If you’re too shy to talk about it, you’re not alone. It’s hard enough to admit an addiction in your head – forget saying it out loud! But you don’t have to be a sex addict to have at least one sex issue. Maybe you […]

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Food Issues

Overeating Obsession: Grabbing the next meal. Compulsion: Tasting something delicious. Bulimia/Anorexia Obsession: Outward appearance. Compulsion: Purging or avoiding the next meal. While Maui Recovery is unable to treat a person currently engaged in an eating disorder, (avoiding foods or purging), we do have clients who suffer from food issues. Many of our clients with food […]

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Low Self Esteem

Approval Seeking Obsession: Doing something to receive praise or validation Compulsion: I’m doing this so you will like me. If you think I’m good, I’m good Approval seekers go out of their way to get other people to like them. It’s not the same thing as people pleasing, where the person just wants to make […]

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Misery / Martyrdom

Obsession: The injustices and the suffering in their lives Compulsion: Complaining about various burdens “Some people are only happy when they’re unhappy.” Have you ever heard this saying before? Maybe you have come across someone claiming they’re hooked on complaining. This is known as misery addiction, and you can find it anywhere. Individuals living with […]

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Shopping / Spending

Obsession: “I deserve this” Compulsion: Buying and/or searching for the next deal Shopping addiction comes in many forms. The average person may say they look at a day of spending as a release from the stresses of life, like enjoying a slice of chocolate cake. They just don’t do it all the time. However, for others, […]

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Gambling

Obsession: Winning the next game Compulsion: Playing Gambling can happen anywhere, from race tracks to casinos, family room poker games to online slot machines. With so many options available, compulsive gamblers are never far away from temptation. It’s a very real issue, one that affects people of all backgrounds. Maui Recovery meets many families struggling […]

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Internet

Obsession: The next view, click, or download Compulsion: Checking social media, watching videos, sending emails, surfing the web The Internet may be a recent invention, but its impact on society is strong. For some people, it’s an occasional distraction. For those who can’t distinguish between healthy and obsessive behaviors, it’s a recipe for disaster. When […]

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