Signs of an Addictive Personality

Someone with an addictive personality is more likely to develop an addiction to certain activities than others. There are many factors that can make someone addicted to something. In many cases, people can develop such an intense passion for the thing that they are addicted to that it affects their day to day life.

This passion can lead to fixation and obsession over time. Sex, food, video games, and substances (or alcohol) are some of the most common addictive practices. Addiction can come in many forms and can have negative effects on a person’s mind and life. 

In some cases, the negative effects aren’t too concerning. However, when it comes to drugs and alcohol, addiction becomes a major problem. Someone with an addictive personality can begin to abuse drugs and form a strong addiction after the continued use of substances. 

A Closer Look at the Addictive Personality

Addictive personalities are typically telling signs of underlying feelings and emotions. People who have addictive personalities sometimes try to hide feelings they have been repressing. Anxiety, lack of impulse control, depression, and other mental problems can make a person have an addictive personality. 

On the surface, people with addictive personalities become overly invested and obsessed with certain things. Undoubtedly, many negative effects that can come from addictions to video games or food. Also, if an individual who has an addictive personality begins to engage in drug or alcohol use, the results can be negatively life-altering.

To cope with life’s stresses or underlying feelings, a person may turn to drugs or alcohol. Those with addictive personalities can become consumed by drugs similar to other actions like sex or video games. Unfortunately, drugs are much more deadly and harmful to the body than most other activities.

Signs and Symptoms of an Addictive Personality

There are a number of red flags that indicate if a person may have an addictive personality. In some cases, depression and anxiety can indicate an addictive personality. Common indicators of an addictive personality include the following:

It is important to be aware of these red flags. Controlling your actions and having the ability to stop certain activities should be manageable for a healthy mindset. If a loved one or someone you know is struggling with addictive behavior, it might be time for an intervention. 

Genetics and the Addictive Personality

There has been a lot of research done on addictive personalities, even though it technically isn’t an actual psychiatric diagnosis. Much of this research has shown a big relation between genetics and addictive personalities. In many cases, individuals with parents that suffered from addiction or addictive behaviors are more likely to develop addictive personalities themselves. 

Also, a person with parents that suffered from anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), or even bipolar disorder, is more likely to develop an addictive personality. Even though a person’s family history can have a big effect on a person’s addictive nature, genetics are not the only indicators of an addictive personality. 

Other Causes of Addictive Personalities

One other cause for the development of an addictive personality is an individual’s personal interests. Let’s take a look at some other causes of an addictive personality.

Need for Stimulation (Excitement) 

Some people are in constant need of stimulation. In some cases, a person may become restless if they don’t feel any excitement in certain activities. This can cause someone to have an addictive personality. If a person decides to indulge in drugs, they may get addicted to the euphoric high of certain substances, which can cause negative consequences down the line.

Impulsive Behavior

People with impulsive behavior tend to have addictive personality traits. Impulsive behavior refers to rapid unplanned behavior without any thought of consequences. On its own, impulsive behavior doesn’t automatically make a person have an addictive personality. However, when mixed with weak coping mechanisms, an impulsive person can become addicted to certain activities more easily.

The Negative Effects of Having an Addictive Personality

The negative aspects of an addictive personality can take their toll on a person over time. Many people with substance use addiction will go to far lengths to get the excitement or stimulation that substances give them. These lengths can include getting in trouble with the law or lying to friends and family. 

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Criminal Behavior

In many cases of drug addiction, a person’s mind is completely altered. A person’s main goal becomes getting their hands on alcohol or substances once again. Those with addictive personalities can sometimes act impulsively and with high risk. Pair this impulsiveness with the strong urge for a substance and a person may find themselves constantly in trouble with the law. 

Lack of Accountability

Those with addictive personalities have a tough time staying accountable and responsible for their actions. In some cases, addictive people will try to shift the blame for their poor actions to others. This can make managing a person’s addictive personality traits harder. People with addictive personality traits may be blinded by their own flaws and might not see the real issues underneath. 

Accountability is extremely important when overcoming drug addiction. Those with addictive personalities tend to lack responsibility. For this reason, setting up an intervention and encouraging the individual to seek treatment can be tough. However, this doesn’t mean that someone with an addictive personality can’t get treatment and live a cleaner, happier life. 


When people become completely dependent on certain substances, they will go to far lengths to satisfy their cravings. When people have this sort of addictive behavior, it can begin to affect everyone around them. 

People with addictive personalities may even manipulate close family members or friends to fulfill their addiction. This includes making promises that they never keep and using other people’s emotions to get what they want. Having an addictive personality doesn’t mean you will automatically be manipulative. In some cases of drug or alcohol addiction, it becomes a matter of dependency. 


Lying goes hand in hand with manipulation. Many cases of addictive behavior involve some sort of lie. People may lie to themselves and others to fulfill their addiction and satisfy their craving. Lying may even become the norm for an addict. This will eventually lead to an addiction cycle. 

Experimentation with Drugs and Alcohol

Experimenting with drugs and alcohol goes hand in hand with the constant need for stimulation. Those with addictive personalities will constantly look to feel stimulation and excitement. This might sound harmless enough, but when it comes to alcohol and drugs, this mindset can become dangerous.

Using drugs can cause a number of different negative effects. Experimenting with substances, and even mixing different drugs and alcohol, can lead to a dangerous addiction. This obsession with gaining stimulation can lead to addictive habits and dangerous results down the line. 

The Difference Between Addictions and Compulsions

There is a difference between compulsions and addictions when it comes to those with addictive personalities. When a person gets addicted to alcohol and drugs, it may be to deal with anxiety or other underlying issues. A person with compulsions can also have underlying issues but without an addiction. 

When it comes to addictive personalities, it is important to be aware of the difference. Addictive personalities stem from underlying issues and are motivated by pleasure. Compulsions, on the other hand, don’t have any pleasure involved with the action. It can be extremely hard to end addictions because of the reward the brain feels after stimulation. 

Finding Hope for Dealing With an Addictive Personality

One of the main ways to help people with addictive personalities is through behavioral therapy. While there is no simple ‘cure’ for an addictive personality, there are a number of skills and techniques that a person can use to help manage it. 

For those with drug or alcohol addictions, behavioral therapy is included in treatment. Coastal Detox offers all the resources needed to help loved ones cope with addiction and learn the skills necessary to overcome addictive personality traits. Therapy can help people adjust and manage their cravings for drugs and alcohol. With a passionate staff and a safe facility, Coastal Detox is ready to help you live a healthier and happier life. 

Drug and alcohol addiction can take hold of a person’s entire life. Start living the life you deserve. Alcohol and drug addiction can have fatal consequences if left untreated, so make sure to get help as soon as possible. Coastal Detox is ready to help you break the chains of addiction and learn to live a better life. Contact us or visit our website for treatment options.  

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