Brien Gleeson, L.P.C., CSAC
Behavioral Health, Psychiatry & Psychology
Everyone has interests that he or she is passionate about, but how do you know if your love of something is interfering with life and actually is a problem? Addiction can come in all forms: shopping, food, video games, gambling, drinking, drugs, sex and others. Although an addictive personality is not a diagnosable disease, there are ways to manage addictions.
Some common addictive personality traits are:
- Risk taking
These traits can be triggered by:
- Attention deficit disorder
- Drugs and alcohol
- Genetic predisposition or heredity
One common factor underlying every addiction is the feeling of reward. A reward is experienced in the brain as a chemical release that creates craving that fulfills and makes you feel satisfied.
Some signs of addiction are:
- Always wanting more
- Constantly needing more
- Continuing despite negative outcomes
- Inability to follow rules you have set
- Not being able to stop
- Replacing relationships
People who are addicted are typically the last person to realize it. When they do, it sometimes has taken a toll on their mental and physical health, relationships and job. Addiction usually is a self-medicated solution that doesn’t address the core problem. The key to overcoming addiction is to find out what that core problem is and how to manage it.
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