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Addictive personalities: Are some people more prone to addiction?

Addictive personalities: Are some people more prone to addiction?

James Franco, nominated for his iconic role in the movie “127 Hours,” in a recent interview has opened up about his “addictive personality” and how he has finally come to terms with it. Acting was something he turned to when he got over certain addictions as a teen. After 10 years in the industry, the actor realized that he has become increasingly isolated and depressed. Then he took up new hobbies as a therapeutic way to better his personality.

“I’ve started a new chapter of my life. I was very work-addicted, and addicted to other things—not substances, I got over that a long time ago—but I’ve recently changed my life, and this is part of my therapy,” he said. While there is no such clinical diagnosis for “addictive personality” there are some personality types who are prone to addictions.

Addiction dominates reason

Are some people born with an addictive personality and are more likely to fall into the cycle of abuse from the first sip or the first smoke? Psychologists have raised red flags that signal the existence of an addictive personality. Some of these are:

Following compulsive and criminal behavior: People who are guided by their compulsions are more likely to do drugs. An individual who decides to steal something that catches his fancy or drives at breakneck speed because he experiences a thrill, despite being aware of the dangers, does not shy away from taking risks and indulge in other malpractices, is more likely to severe towards addiction . An addiction completely takes over one’s mind and disrupts the reasoning faculties.

Manipulating to get their quota of drugs: Those who have the drug habit would realize that their life revolves around it. They may go to the extent of manipulating others to get the money to buy their drug of choice. Their friend and family circle are often victims of their false prophesying and fancy stories.  The more dependent one becomes on a substance, the greater the need to lie to hide the addiction.

Succumbing easily to life pressures: Individuals who succumb easily to the pressures of life are also easy victims of drug abuse. They find ways to blame life’s circumstances and people for the quandary in their life and seek solace in drugs or alcohol as a means to self-medicate.

Walking the one-way street: There are those who have lofty ideals, whose sole purpose of existence is attaining a particular goal. If somehow they are unable to achieve their goal, the world they live in seems to be devoid of any purpose. Under such circumstances, they could fall prey to harmful substances.

Seeking novelty and thrill every time: The sensation or the novelty-seeking individual who is constantly looking for an adrenalin rush is prone to fall headfirst into the cycle of drug and alcohol abuse.

Do not let drugs get in the way of your dreams

It is hard to underpin one single trait as the core reason of fueling an addiction. However, once a particular fixation sets in, it leads to self-neglect. For those who are reeling under the ill effects of drug addiction, a combined approach of medication and therapies can help in treating the damage and leading a sober life.

The Texas Drug Addiction Treatment Helpline can assist you or your loved one access the best drug addiction treatment centers in Texas that specialize in delivering evidence-based interventions. Call our 24/7 helpline 855-980-5757 or chat online to know more.

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