You may think of your preferred behaviors or substances as coping mechanisms or ways in which you unwind from the pressures of modern life, but how can you determine whether you are healthily dealing with your feelings, or if you are actually just avoiding them?
Addiction can come in many shapes and forms and just because you have an addictive personality, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you will become an addict. That being said, it does mean that you are more predisposed to addictive behavior.
Some of the most common addictions include:
Of course, some of the above will have a more immediate detrimental effect on your life than others, but it is important to remember that all addictions are unhealthy in their own way.
If you are worried that you may have an addictive personality, or that you are already addicted to a particular substance or activity, keep reading to help determine whether your actions are typical of an addict and then you can look into getting help.
1. Your habits have a negative impact on your wellbeing
Whether physically, mentally, emotionally, or all three, if your seemingly innocent habits are having a negative impact on your wellbeing but you still continue to indulge in them regardless, you may be sliding into an addiction problem.
For example, if you still continue to engage in your preferred habit or habits, even if it puts your career, family or relationships at risk, then you more likely than not have an addictive personality as well as an addiction.
If this rings true with you, then you should seriously consider contacting an addiction treatment center that can help you determine whether or not you have an addiction and provide you with the help that you need.
2. You are unable to give up your habits
People with an addictive personality find it extremely difficult to give up their preferred habits or activities, even if they are asked to by family and friends. It makes no difference whether they actually want to give up something themselves as it is the “comedown” or feelings of misery that they associate with giving something up that they fear.
3. You are already addicted to one substance
If you are already reliant or addicted to one substance or action such as smoking, overusing technology or spending money, then you are much more likely to become addicted to something else. People with addictive personalities are rarely only reliant on just one substance, addiction will spread throughout all elements of their lives.
4. You have the personality traits associated with an addict
People with an addictive personality often have the below key personality traits and behaviors:
- A desire to take risks
- Social alienation
- High levels of stress and anxiety
- Resistance to change
Unfortunately, addiction knows no prejudice and it can take a hold of anyone at any point in their lives. There is no shame in admitting that you need assistance to overcome your addiction or addictions, in fact the opposite is true, it shows strength to ask for help.