Addictive Personality Disorder
When most people think about someone with an addiction, they start thinking about a person who is fallen down drunk or high all the time. The truth is those people are only a percentage of alcoholics and addicts.
When it comes to an addictive personality disorder, anyone can be effected. Here at Harmony Healing, we see a range of different types of people from professionals to parents to those who are self-employed. If you have an addiction or you know someone that does, we can help treat it.
Most Common Addictive Personality Disorder Traits
Now that you know an addiction can affect anyone, it would be a good idea to learn about the most common addictive personality disorder traits. These generally include the following:
● Having a mental health disorder
● Having a family history of addiction or mental health disorders
● Risk-taking behaviors
● Loves adventures
● Disconnected from others
● Compulsive and/or obsessive
● Not able to self-regulate
● Poor self-control
Learn more about each of these addictive personality disorder traits below.
Having a Mental Health Disorder
There is a genetic connection to addictions. Studies show that those who have a mental health disorder are much more likely to develop an addiction. There are many reasons for this but part of it is due to the fact that mental health disorders often cause a mixture of chaos, lack of emotional control and other issues in a person’s life. When these issues present themselves, they can push the person to abuse alcohol and/or drugs.
If you have any of these mental health disorders or any others and struggle with an addictive personality disorder, please reach out to our Harmony Healing team today for assistance:
● Anxiety disorder
● Panic disorder
● Bipolar disorder
● Other mood disorders
● Major depressive disorder
● Anti-social personality disorder
● Other psychotic disorders
● Post-traumatic stress disorder
As noted above, there are studies that show the connection between addictions and mental health disorders. For example, many studies show a link between major depressive disorder and having an addiction to alcohol or drugs. If you or your loved one is dealing with a mental health disorder, whether it is causing you to use drugs or not, we have treatment programs that can help you to overcome it.
Family History of Addiction and Mental Health Disorders
Do you have a family history of addiction and mental health disorders? If so, there is a much higher chance of you developing a mental health disorder and addiction.
Think about your family’s history of addiction and mental health disorders for a moment. Can you think of anyone who has these issues? Maybe, it is your parent, a sibling, an aunt, an uncle, a grandparent or your cousin.
The closer-related someone is to you, the higher your risk of developing an addiction or mental health disorder will be.
The majority of people with an addiction take a lot of risks. Generally, this is due to lack of impulse control, enjoying experiments and getting a high from dangerous activities. One study showed that a person’s dopamine levels are tripled when they are taking risks. Over time, you may need to take bigger risks in order to get the same effects – just like when you are using drugs.
Disconnecting from Others
Another one of the traits of an addictive personality disorder is disconnecting from others. Unfortunately, addicts and alcoholics often hide their behaviors and substance abuse from others. This often causes them to become secretive, along with avoiding and disconnecting from their loved ones and friends.
In addition, other people often stop spending as much time with the alcoholic or addict overtime, especially if they don’t agree with their substance use. This can cause the disconnection from other people, as well.
If you are tired of feeling disconnected from the people you care about and who care about you, our Harmony Healing team can help you to work on this today.
Compulsive and Obsessive Traits
Did you know that addicts/alcoholics tend to have compulsive and obsessive traits. As noted above, one of the reasons for addiction is lack of impulse control. However, that is not the only reason someone may continue abusing alcohol or drugs.
In fact, obsessive-compulsive disorders often lead to substance use, as well. Once the drinking or drugging become a habit, the person with OCD can’t help, but to keep using that substance. Most of the time, someone with OCD and an addiction can’t overcome it without professional treatment
Not Able to Self-Regulate
Unfortunately, you may be all too familiar with this addiction personality disorder trait – not being able to self-regulate. You may not be able to regulate your feelings, thoughts, or behaviors. As explained in a lot of research, those who can’t self-regulate well have much more anticipation when it comes to receiving rewards.
So, when comparing this fact to the development of an addiction, the person highly anticipates the next high or getting drunk, and they want this immediately. The strong desire to reach the things they are anticipating causes continued use of
alcohol and/or drugs.
If you have difficulties self-regulating, don’t keep letting this stop you from living your best life. Here at Harmony Healing, our team can help you to build better self-regulation skills and manage your addictive personality disorder, too.
Helping Someone with an Addictive Personality Disorder
Do you or someone you know have an addictive personality disorder? If so, there are various types of treatments that can help to overcome these issues. There are behavioral therapies, nutritional therapy, 12-step facilitation therapy and many other treatments, as well. Each one of these therapies can help you to get clean, sober, in recovery and through any obstacle that comes your way.
The good news is that it is quite easy to help someone with an addictive personality disorder. With all the treatments that are available and the many addiction recovery resources out there, you can share these all with your loved one. They may not be immediately responsive to getting help. However, hopefully with some time, your loved one will accept help and finally overcome their addictive personality disorder.
Contact us today to help yourself or someone you know to overcome an addictive personality disorder. Our Harmony Healing team is ready to help you from the start of this process through to aftercare planning, as well.