Addictive Personality: Are People More Likely to Become Addicts?

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So there are people who have what is called an addictive personality. This makes them more predisposed to addiction than other people?

Then if such personalities exist, does this mean that drugs and alcohol are not the culprits? Does it mean that the burden of addiction fall on the people themselves?

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And if this is true, does this mean we can pinpoint people with addictive personalities and intervene before they succumb to addiction?

What is addictive personality?

A person with an addictive personality means that they have characteristics that make them more susceptible to developing an addiction. They are more highly likely to become dependent on drugs or alcohol. They may also be more likely to be in co-dependent relationships or display workaholism.

Before, addiction was mainly restricted to behaviors involving drugs and alcohol. Now, people talk about it and associate many kinds of self-destructive behavior, such as internet addiction, mobile phone addiction, shopping addiction, and sex addiction, to name a few.

What are the characteristics of an addictive personality?

  • high sense of stress
  • low self-esteem
  • feeling of alienation
  • valuing non-conformity
  • tendency to act impulsively
  • finding it hard to cope with delayed gratification
  • desire for instant rewards
  • attention-seeking behavior
  • insecure in relationships
  • suffering from depression or anxiety or other mental health issues
  • antisocial tendencies
  • exhibiting deviant behavior

What are the characteristics of an addictive behavior?

Those with an addictive personality may exhibit addictive behaviors such as the following:

  • Hiding the full extent of their behavior from close family members or friends
  • Continuing the behavior even when there are obvious, harmful repercussions
  • Obsessively thinking about the behavior all the time
  • Failing to control the amount of time on, or the extent of, the behavior
  • Exhibiting denial, even aggression, when confronted about the behavior
  • Suffering from periods of depression
  • Difficulty giving up the behavior
  • Feeling guilt or remorse after doing the behavior
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms after giving up or cutting down on the behavior

What are the different types of addictive behavior?

  • substances (such as drugs, alcohol, and prescription drugs)
  • gambling
  • work
  • exercise
  • love
  • sex
  • eating disorders (bulimia, anorexia, compulsive eating)
  • computers or the internet
  • social media
  • gaming
  • groups and cults

Do you know anyone that exhibit these signs discussed above? Are they using drugs or resorting to other behaviors in order to cope? Seek help for them. Talk to us at Bridges of Hope: 09175098826

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