You might be wondering why you find it more difficult to break an addiction than others. In the past decade, science suggests that some people may have a genetic makeup that causes them to form an addiction easier.
If you understand your addictive personality, you’re more likely to know how to manage it and recognise the signs of addiction within yourself. Here’s our guide to an addictive personality.
Addictive Personalities Can be Genetic
Scientists claim that genes can be responsible for roughly half the chance of you forming an addiction of some sort. This can be seen in many families where addiction passes from generation to generation. If your family has a history of addiction, this knowledge can be useful when seeking professional help.
A Family History of Addiction Doesn’t Mean You’ll Be an Addict
Many people think that if they have a family history of addiction, they are doomed to live a life of addiction themselves. However, even if you come from a long line of addicts in your family, this doesn’t mean you are going to be a lifelong addict yourself.
Who you associate with, your education, your environment and your willingness to seek help all play a part in recognising and fighting your addiction. Having an addictive personality doesn’t mean you need to be an addict.
You May be Impulsive
Those with an addictive personality tend to be more impulsive, making snap decisions without thinking of the consequences. This can have negative impacts on your life if you aren’t aware of the issue and able to manage your impulsivity.
You May Have Trouble Conforming
Schooling, being in a workplace or attending social functions requires conformity to some degree. Those with an addictive personality can often lose focus and have trouble conforming to the social norms and ‘rules’ that are required in group situations. As teens, they may find it hard to follow a teacher’s instructions; in the workplace, they are more likely to speak their mind without thinking of the consequences; and at parties, they may feel the need to be the centre of attention.
You Can be Addicted to an Adrenaline Rush
If you have an addictive personality, you’re more likely to be involved in activities that give you a rush of adrenaline. Dopamine, a chemical in your brain, can make you feel pleasure when experiencing this adrenaline. You might find yourself involved in extreme risk-taking, fast driving and lifestyle choices that can lead to criminal activity, especially when combined with a drug or alcohol addiction.
At Zen Detox, we understand addictive personalities and how they can lead to a fantastic and driven life, but they can also lead to a life of addiction and hardship. We work with you to help you recognise your addictive traits and channel them into leading a healthy and fulfilled life.
To find out more about the Zen Detox rehabilitation centre in Auckland, call us now on 0800 936 4357. If you or someone you know needs help with an addictive personality, don’t hesitate to contact us today and get started on the road to recovery.