Many people don’t get help for their addiction because they assume they can control it. Often, this misconception is fueled by the idea of an addictive personality. While there are specific signs that you have an addictive personality, most people don’t fall into this category. Once you have a better understanding of addiction, you’ll be able to answer whether or not your personality is addictive.
Understanding the Brain and Addiction
Addiction isn’t necessarily a substance problem, but rather a cognitive dopamine regulation malfunction. Dopamine is a pleasurable chemical the brain creates to ensure the repetition of certain, rewarding activities. Those who develop an addiction can’t properly shut down dopamine flow. Often receiving an excess flood of dopamine, their actions quickly become a desperate search for euphoria.
Therefore, people with addictive personalities have the potential to develop an addiction to anything. This is why there are so many addictions that have nothing to do with substance abuse. For example, some people have food, gambling, sex, or shopping addictions for the same reason that people have a drug or alcohol addiction. Overall, there are similar cognitive functions at play in those with addictive personalities.
Can an Addictive Personality Affect Recovery?
Understanding how addiction works is extremely helpful after drug and alcohol rehab. During treatment, your brain is healing. Instead of substances, it begins relying on healthier coping mechanisms to handle stressful triggers. In treatment, you’ll discover that alcohol and drugs were merely a symptom of an overarching problem.
Unfortunately, it’s common for people who don’t treat their addiction to find a new addiction to work, new relationships, or other activities. With no balance, life becomes unmanageable.
However, with the right treatment, you’ll begin understanding how to manage your addictive personality. With various types of therapy, you’ll realize you use unhealthy methods to escape. You’ll build self-esteem as you confidently strut through life, unafraid.
It’s never too late to get clean and start living your life again. San Antonio Recovery Center in San Antonio, Texas can help. We have various, advanced treatment programs in a supportive, therapeutic environment including:
Discover your unique road to recovery by calling us today at 866-957-7885.