He nearly lost his family because of his heroin use, and he did lose them because of his compulsive work ethic. He went into rehab center for his drug addiction when his family moved away from him due to his addiction. They agreed to come back when he agreed to get treatment. As part of his recovery program he starts focusing on his work routine. He sets a goal of working 8 hours a day four days a week and soon attained his goal. But he was not satisfied. He began working every day. His family, expecting him to enter into family life now that he was sober, were disappointed to discover that he was seldom at home. He has started his own business and going from place to place for the expansion of his business. On days when he did not work he was restless and irritable. His family member did not appreciate his comment, “Well at least I am sober”. They think that this type of sobriety did not give them much more satisfaction. This is an example of how compulsive behaviors cause problems in the same manner that drug addiction can.


Amina Javed 00Ms. Amina Javed is working as a Clinical Psychologist at Willing Ways, Lahore. In 2015, she completed her MS in clinical psychology, from Centre Clinical Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore. She had training of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Behavior Therapy and she is interested in Dialectic Behavior Therapy as well.

Editor: Hameeda Batool


By definition “compulsive behavior are actions that produce intense excitement or emotional pleasure and are followed by log-term pain.” These behaviors can be in the shape of thinking imagining, feeling or as of working, playing or talking. Compulsive behaviors make us feel good in the short span but weaken us in long run. 

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We can categorize compulsive behaviors into eight types:

Eating / Dieting: It includes overeating or dieting or combination of both.

Gambling: Compulsive need to risk money.

Working: Compulsive need to work or excel at everything we do.