New Oakland Child-Adolescent and Family Center
Impulse Control & Addiction
People with impulse control disorders are unable to resist urges to perform acts that could be harmful to themselves or others. People with these disorders often become so involved with the objects of their addiction that they begin to ignore responsibilities and relationships.The most common impulse control disorders are:
- Alcohol and drug addictions
- Compulsive gambling
- Pyromania (starting fires)
- Kleptomania (stealing)
An impulse control or addiction sufferer temporarily feels satisfied or relaxed after committing the act, only to have the urge return.
Drug treatment: Effective programs typically incorporate many components, each directed to a particular aspect of the illness and its consequences. Most patients require long-term or repeated episodes of care to achieve the ultimate goal of sustained abstinence and recovery of their lives.
Gambling treatment: Traditionally, gambling has been treated through counseling and group therapy and/or gamblers anonymous.
Pyromania and Kleptomania: Many therapies can be applied depending on the individual such as behavioral therapy, psychotherapy, group therapy, hypnosis etc.