Any activity, substance, object, or behavior that has become the major focus of a person's life to the exclusion of other activities, or that has begun to harm the individual or other people is considered an addictive behavior. It is not uncommon for an individual to engage in two or more of these behaviors, including substance abuse, at the same time or at different times over his/her life. Some of these behaviors include gambling, sex, spending money, over-or-under-eating, computer use, exercise, excessive religiosity and work.
There is much debate over what is actually an addiction and what is simply compulsive or addictive behavior, but most experts agree that help is needed when compulsive activities begin to compromise, disrupt or destroy one's life, relationships or vocation.
Compass Mark's problem gambling prevention website features screening tools, a blog, and resources for problem gamblers, their families, employers, parents, educators, seniors, healthcare professionals, and Spanish speakers.
Council on Compulsive Gambling of PA
Affiliated with the National Council on Problem Gambling, the CCGP's purpose is to educate and disseminate information on compulsive gambling and to facilitate referrals.
A fellowship of men and women who share their experiences, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem
A life-saving instrument for the partner, family or close friends of compulsive gamblers
Center for Internet Addiction Recovery
Resources for compulsive internet users, their families and friends, including an online support group and recovery blog
Computer Gaming Addicts Anonymous
If you are struggling with an obsession or compulsion with video games, you can find help here.
Online Gamers Anonymous
An online community whose fellowship includes recovering gamers, family members, loved ones, friends, and concerned others.
Mothers Against Videogame Addiction & Violence (MAVAV)
A parent’s perspective on compulsive video game use
The Central PA Sexaholics Anonymous Intergroup holds one meeting in Lancaster County.
Sex Addicts Anonymous
A fellowship of men and women who share their experiences, strength and hope with each other so they may overcome their sexual addiction and help others recover from sexual addiction or dependency
A 12-step program of recovery from compulsive eating
The Shulman Center’s site for compulsive shoppers and shoplifters
For people who’s compulsive behaviors prevent them from being financially stable
A fellowship of individuals who share their experienceswith each other that they may solve their common problems and help others to recover from workaholism
Composed of people who come together for the purpose of working toward recovery from emotional difficulties
A fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships
A fellowship whose primary purpose is to stop cluttering one day at a time and to carry this message of recovery to clutterers who still suffer