Addictive Personalities

Addictive personality traits make themselves apparent in a multitude of ways and affect many and varying people. People can have addictive personalities that make them more vulnerable to self-destructive, compulsive behaviours making it easier for them to become addicted to all sorts of things, from drugs, alcohol, shoplifting, and gambling, to video games, pornography, and even things one wouldn’t assume, like chocolate. Some professionals would claim that all of those with addictions have personality traits that make them more susceptible to addiction and substance abuse.

As individuals we are all very different, for example, people can react terribly to alcohol and become aggressive and violent. Whilst others are able to drink rationally when they choose without developing any kind of dependency and without abuse. Therefore it is close to impossible to create a mold or definition for an addictive personality as there is such a huge range to cover.

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Similar Traits

Nevertheless, it can be seen that different addicts with varying addictions do have similar traits. Despite the fact that it is a highly contested notion amongst medics and psychologists. These addictive personality factors may include, for example, an antisocial personality. This is when people socially alienate themselves and place importance on nonconformity with the goals or beliefs of society. People may turn to substance abuse due to feelings of isolation and lack of intimacy. In order to substitute their lack of personal relationships or to feel more comfortable in certain social situations.

Low Distress Tolerance

An alternative behavioral trait can be low distress tolerance, meaning a person has poor stress management skills or inadequate coping skills which may make people more likely to turn to drugs, alcohol, or other addictions to cope with their emotions. Furthermore, addictive personalities have trouble developing and attaining long-term goals as they are too concentrated on the short term. They may display impulsive behaviour or a temperament towards drama; thus drugs and/or alcohol act as a “quick fix” to solve their problems.

Compulsive Behavior

Compulsive behaviour is another side of an addictive personality. Many people with addictive personalities will find it hard to enjoy drugs or alcohol in moderation. Instead, they will have an all-or-nothing approach to life. They are either totally in control, or completely powerless. People who feel the need to participate in destructive behaviour time and time again. Feel powerless to stop, may have a propensity toward addiction.

Addictive Personalities

Those with addictive personalities generally tend to substitute one habit or addiction with another. For example, those who quit smoking may turn to chewing gum. They also have tendencies to have many and varying vices. Insecurity is another and significant contributor to addictive personalities, as compulsive behaviours often cover up insecurities in a person or fear of failure. What is more, depression can greatly contribute to an addiction as people use drugs or alcohol as a tool to deal with their pain. When coping and facing problems seems too difficult a person with an addictive personality is very likely to turn to substance abuse.

If you think that you or a loved one may have an addictive personality make sure that you are aware of the dangers and can recognise when certain habits can become dangerous and detrimental. Is it too late and you or a loved one has developed an addiction seek help immediately as it is never too soon or too late to overcome an addiction.

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