Is There Such a Thing as an Addictive Personality?

Drunk man at table with alcohol and drugs You may have heard the term “addictive personality” referring to someone who easily becomes addicted to something – drugs, alcohol, gambling, or even the thrill that can come with a dangerous adventure. What are the signs of an addictive personality, and what can you do if you think you might have one?

What Defines an Addictive Personality?

Someone with an addictive personality can’t just stop after one drink, one turn at the gambling table, one purchase at the mall, or just a few minutes of playing that video game. Although “addictive personality” is not an actual psychiatric diagnosis (and some experts don’t even believe there is such a thing), research is ongoing to try to determine why some people are more likely than others to become obsessed with a substance or activity without being able to stop. It is believed that this type of personality is the result of several factors, including genetics, environment (such as the friends you spend time with), a family history of addiction, and as a reaction to stress.

You might have an addictive personality if you:

  • Take unnecessary risks
  • Find yourself keeping a lot of secrets and lying often
  • Are always looking for the next rush/high
  • Cannot seem to stay in a relationship
  • Continue your actions despite the negative outcomes

What Can You Do if You Have an Addictive Personality?

It is possible to take control of your impulses, even if you are prone to addiction. Some people even manage to use this personality trait in constructive ways – becoming obsessed with going to the gym instead of to the casino, for example. Other people come to realize that it is impossible for them to enjoy just one drink without it getting out of control, so they choose to not drink at all.

However, for many people, problems with any kind of addiction are multilayered and complex, and the addiction can be difficult to cope with on their own. If you need help fighting addiction, contact the Wasatch Crest treatment center in Heber, Utah. Call (800) 385-3507 today.

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