Alcohol and depressant addiction are prevalent in all societies and can appear in the most surprising of places. Addictive personalities don’t only succumb to alcohol or depressant addiction, but can find themselves addicted to gambling, sex, eating, shopping and anything else. In each case excess causes harm.
Some individuals are more vulnerable based on variables such as gender, genetic makeup, or early introduction to substances at a young age. Any one may fall victim to the vices of addiction, but the following five characteristics may increase your susceptibility to having an addictive personality.
1. People with inherent mood disorders or issues.
Scientists have discovered a strong correlation between those who experience anxiety, borderline personality, depression or high levels of stress and those with an addictive personality. Many people use alcohol or other depressants as self-medication devices, helping them relieve stress. Others use alcohol to forget their problems or ignore what is happening in their lives.
People who generally isolate themselves for one reason or another often find solace in drinking or taking other depressant substances. Usually drinking or drugs are a substitute for the lack of social interaction or shared experiences.
3. People who lack control.
Those who just can’t control themselves with seemingly harmless things like watching television or cleaning the house exhibit behavior that can often escalate into substance abuse and alcohol or depressant addiction. Often people who have control issues find results in “black and white thinking” or an, “all or nothing mindset.” Of this group, either they feel the need to be in control at all times and don’t drink at all, or they prefer to be completely powerless. The latter group of individuals has a higher vulnerability to becoming alcoholics or addicts.
4. People who are leaders.
The surprising conclusion of many scientists and psychologists has shown that many people with addictive personalities are actually natural leaders. People who become addictive to risk-seeking behavior often times develop strong leadership skills. Because one part of their personality thrives in the addiction, the darker side of addiction often times remains hidden for a long time.
5. People who are non-conformists.
Those who place higher value in being different from the status quo and who prefer to not invest time or energy in socially acceptable or rewarded behavior often are predisposed to addiction. Scientists have linked this phenomenon with artists and writers who hold a strong distain for mainstream life.
Though these are strong factors that may contribute to an alcohol or depressant addiction, they are not absolute. There are many isolated leaders, non-conformists, and introverts who live life successfully by maintaining a balance in the things that they do. If this balance proves to be difficult for you, it is never too soon or too late to ask for help.