Other Addictions 2018-12-10T15:36:23-05:00

Other Addictions

Addiction is characterized by the inability to control a behavior, whether acted out on a continuous or in a sporadic manner. There are many addictive behaviors, and while the most well-known are alcohol and drug addiction, any addictive behavior causes adverse consequences.

People typically have more than one addiction. Following are some of the more common addictions:


Gambling addiction has been defined as a “persistent and recurrent maladaptive gambling behavior” and is typically marked by one or more of the following:

  • Preoccupation with gambling or obtaining money to gamble

  • Gambling with increasing amounts of money

  • Loss of control over gambling (whether periodic or continuous)

  • Restlessness or irritability when trying to stop or minimize gambling activity

  • Escaping from problems using gambling as an distraction

  • Continuing to gamble in spite of negative consequences

  • Lying about the amount of gambling

  • Participating in illegal acts to fund gambling

  • Significant loss due to gambling, such as a relationship or employment

  • Asking others for money to continue gambling


Codependency can be defined as a set of compulsive behaviors often learned by family members. These behaviors are adopted in order to survive in a family that experiences significant emotional pain and stress.

Initially, the belief was that codependent behaviors were adopted in response to living with a person with addictive behaviors. Now, we know that codependency is the source of addiction, and that addiction can come in many forms including alcoholism, drug addiction, and even other addictions such as gambling.

Seeking Help?


Vista Taos Renewal Facility provides treatment programs that encompass all of these addictive behaviors, in addition to drug and alcohol addiction. Because we firmly believe in treating the whole person, we provide multidimensional programs to deal with every issue.

By thoroughly understanding every person and providing an individualized treatment program, we are able to help you begin your wellness journey. Our programs are based on techniques that we know work, such as group support, family therapy, and 12-step processes.

Please contact us today by either filling out the confidential form, or giving us a call. We are here to help you find your whole self – emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Give us a call today.