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An addictive personality could make you more likely to be addicted to behaviors that cause serious risk to you and your health. It’s time to stop living the consequences of your poor decisions and impulses.
If you think you might have an addictive personality, and want to know what you can do about it, read on!
What Is an Addictive Personality?
You’ve heard people throw around the term ‘addictive personality’ before – maybe even while talking about you. But what does it really mean?
The concept of an addictive personality is that you are more likely to be an addict when it comes to drugs or other risk-taking behaviors.
While others might be able to try a cigarette without becoming a regular smoker, the theory says an addictive personality might become an addict first go. Because of their risk-taker make-up.
Is It Real?
Part of that is in your genes. But you’d need some sort of neglectful or traumatic life experience for the gene to express itself, making you more likely to be an addict. Things like high neuroticism and low conscientiousness are traits that can make you more likely to become an addict.
There are lots of people out there who are high on neuroticism and low on conscientiousness that do not become addicts since they are not exposed to trauma and/or addictive substances as coping mechanisms. Having these traits doesn’t mean you’ll become an addict.
What Defines Addiction?
Addiction is a series of behaviors of compulsive risk-taking – such as taking drugs or alcohol, despite knowing the harmful consequences. Drinking or dabbling in drugs recreationally doesn’t make you an addict. The difference is where you take substances despite the problems they cause because it’s become a compulsion for you.
Addiction is on the rise in the US, with 19.7 million adults in America battling a substance use disorder. Drug abuse hurts more than the individuals with addiction – it’s estimated it costs America around $740 billion each year in lost productivity, crime, and health-related expenses.
What to Do About Addiction
If you or someone you know is facing consequences from regular drinking or drug-taking that severely affect their health, work, or family life, it’s time to talk to them about getting some help. There are many types of recovery programs out there, and local support networks to help people stay sober.
You can learn more about the addiction recovery options out there and discuss what you’ve found with them.
Take Addiction Seriously
Addiction can cost individuals their family, careers, and health. If you or someone you know suffers from addiction, make sure you get out there to find the help you need as quickly as possible. Their personality is unlikely to be the giveaway – look closely at their actual behavior instead.
If people say you have an ‘addictive personality’ they might really just be asking you to scale down the risk-taking and obsessive behaviors. Try to stretch out the times between risky behaviors you engage in, and start meditating for better self-control and awareness.
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