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An Addictive Personality

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By: Renaissance Recovery

Medically Reviewed by: Diana Vo, LMFT

Last Updated: 7/1/2021

Authored By: Joe Gilmore

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Addiction is a huge struggle for many people. Anyone dealing with this problem will probably say they don’t know how they got to this point. They didn’t ever intend to become addicted or go this far into drugs, but this is where they ended up. Furthermore, they may even feel like they were born with an addictive personality, which makes them more prone to drug abuse. Is there such a thing as an addictive personality? If so, what is one and who has one? These are some important questions to answer when thinking about an addictive personality.

The Addictive Personality — What Is It?

It’s important to note up front that there is no official psychiatric diagnosis for an addictive personality. However, we all know people who fit this description. In other words, we have anecdotal evidence for it. Maybe we know someone who takes a drink or uses a drug once and before long, they are using regularly. Other people take a drink and then never drink again without a thought. This leads to the theory that some people have an addictive personality.

In addition, scientists have studied people with substance use disorder and found that many of them have a family connection to drugs. In other words, there is a genetic connection.

Aside from the genetic factor, there is another influencer of having an addictive personality, and that is your environment. Some people may learn early that they can stuff their feelings by using food, medicine, alcohol, or shopping, whereas people who deal with inner conflict in a healthy manner are less likely to have an addictive personality.

Many other factors may play a part in someone being easily addicted to a substance. There are the people you hang around with. If you are with people always using drugs, this can lead you to start the habit young. This is your exposure to a substance. In addition, if you have an addiction to one substance, you are more likely to become addicted to another substance.

Traits Of An Addictive Personality

Studies show that people with an addictive personality have some common personality characteristics. These are as follows:

  • Thrill-seeking
  • Impulsive behavior
  • High tolerance for substances
  • More emotional personality
  • Difficulty with self-control

Not everyone has the same traits. Personalities are complex, which makes it difficult to know if a person will end up with an addictive personality. However, a person who continually struggles with self-control must take precautions about exposing themselves to any type of drug.

Find Freedom At Renaissance Recovery

Find freedom from addiction at Renaissance Recovery with the assistance of our professionally trained clinicians. Our highly qualified therapists use evidence-based therapies to bring people to a place of inner healing. Through our customized treatment programs, you will find help for whatever type of addiction with which you’re struggling. You’ll feel right at home the moment you walk through the door and meet our compassionate staff. They treat everyone with dignity and respect. In fact, we encourage you to strive for a brighter future. Whether you are dealing with drugs or alcohol, there is a way forward to healing.

Depending on the nature of your case, you can get treatment from one or more of the following programs:

Don’t let addiction interfere with your happiness in life. Now that you know more about an addictive personality, you can seek the healing help you need. Seek treatment at a quality addiction treatment center by contacting us at [Direct]. We’ll walk beside you every step of the way.866.330.9449

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Diana Vo, LMFT

Diana is an addiction expert and licensed marriage and family therapist who has been in the field of mental health for over 10 years.

Joseph Gilmore

Joseph Gilmore has been in the addiction industry for three years with experience working for facilities all across the country