Addictive Personality Disorder

Before you can begin to help a loved one with an addictive personality disorder, you should become familiar with the underlying reasons for the behavior.  For instance, why can some people stop drinking after one or two drinks, while others go on a binge after one drink?  Likewise, why are some people unable to deal with daily stress without using drugs or alcohol to self-medicate?  It is important to note that no one intentionally becomes an addict.

It is important to note that no one intentionally becomes an addict.  Of course, the initial decision to experiment with a substance is a conscious decision.  However, after repeated use of the substance, the individual loses control of their ability to make a wise decision.  In most cases, serious withdrawal symptoms provoke a person to continue seeking more of the substance and eventually, this leads to addiction.

So, the desire to help a loved one must begin with recognizing the signs of an addictive personality disorder.

Signs of an Addictive Personality Disorder

It is estimated that approximately 10% to 15% of the US population has an addictive personality disorder.  Unfortunately, many of these people develop life-long addictions to drugs or alcohol.  In many cases, loved ones can intervene and help a loved one seek treatment before dangerous addictions develop.  Some of the signs of addictive personality can be obvious, while others are easily hidden.

Of course, having some of the signs of addictive personality disorder does not mean you will become an addict.  However, these are good guidelines to help you or a loved one determine whether to be alert to your relationships with certain addictive substances.

Some of the more commons signs that your loved one has an addictive personality include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Impulsive behavior
  • Placing value on non-conformity
  • Thrill-seeking activities
  • Social isolation
  • Compulsive behavior

For further clarification, here are brief descriptions of the above:

Impulsive behavior:  acting without thinking it through.

Non-conformity:  no desire to achieve goals that are valued by society.

Thrill-seeking:  a constant desire for new, exciting experiences.

Social isolation:  lack of consistent socializing can lead to loneliness and depression.

Compulsive behavior:  acting despite knowledge of possible negative consequences.

Although many people appear to have some of these symptoms without becoming addicts, the potential is increased when these traits are present.

How Can You Help a Loved One?

You can help a loved one, or yourself, overcome some of the addictive personality traits by understanding your individual reactions to addictive situations.  In this way, both of you can learn to control your behavior and avoid addiction.

Simply wondering if you have an addictive personality is a step in the right direction to finding a solution.  Some things you can do to help include the following:

  • Find new social activities
  • Join a support group
  • Learn a new hobby

Trying the above suggestions will give you and your loved one the encouragement to go even further and make other lifestyle changes that will make a difference in your overall ability to make good choices.

Does Your Loved One Need Professional Help?

In the event that you tried all of the above, yet your loved one become an addict, the next step is professional treatment.  In an inpatient treatment facility, addiction specialists are highly skilled in treating these disorders.  They provide a controlled environment that prevents patients from succumbing to negative influences while undergoing treatment.  In this way, you can be assured that your loved one is getting the best care possible to overcome their addiction.

If you would like more information about treatment for addictive personality disorder, contact us today.  One of our representatives will be pleased to answer your questions and recommend a program best suited to your needs.

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