- Mental Health
Addictive Personality; Hope for Recovery
Tragedy of Addiction
Is there an addictive personality, and can that person recover? What makes a person continue behavior he knows harms the body, creating problems for everyone? You will learn the answers and follow the path of destructive behavior.
The daily paper recently showed a professional woman's picture and story about her embezzlement of a large sum of money, probably due to gambling. She looked frightened in the photo with wide eyes, mascara running, probably from the remainder of many tears. Some time later, a discussion occurred about a young woman returning to a diet coke addiction that caused serious medical problems in the past. Another man fought the problem of alcoholism, until a brain injury and surgery cured him. Pain creates addiction and addiction creates more pain.
Gambling and Tragedy
The gambling addiction is portrayed in the tragic story of Philip Markoff, a young engaged straight A medical student. He led a double life, as he gambled and robbed women he hired as masseuses from the Craigslist to pay his gambling debts. When a robbery went bad, he killed a woman. His fiancée was unaware of the issue,until the sad story came out that shocked the families and the country. Medical school staff could not believe this intelligent student would have time to gamble, rob, kill and spend the time studying as needed for medical school. He committed suicide in jail.
Alcohol Ruins Marriages
Sources of Help and Hope for Recovery
Pick a mentor to help you - If you regress, you can call that person.
Have a support group - Be sure to have family and friends who support you
Gamblers Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous - These groups are very helpful, and you can attend for the rest of your life.
Ban yourself from gambling casinos - This has helped people on the way to addiction.
If you are a friend or relative - Be sure to be there for the addict who wants to talk and seeks help to end the addiction.
Have a family intervention.
Rehabilitation facilities - Inpatient facilities to help the addict
Eating disorders - Family doctors who deal with these problems
Primary care physician - A place to start for recommendations.
Pain Creates More Pain
They could be the kindest people you would ever want to know, always surrounded by friends, full of love and happiness.Later they can become depressed and withdrawn, shunning friends and family,This happens because many addicts in the beginning can hide the pain of addiction. Something finally happens to these victims to create a spiral path, pushing them further down the staircase.
What is the makeup of this type of person,and are all three persons victims beyond their control? Famous PhD and researcher Craig Nakken states the addictive personality " involves a relationship with an object or event that produces a desired mood swing." It makes a habit become obsessive, possibly because it raises the dopamine level in the brain, which may give a high feeling. The person wants to keep gambling or drinking, because more dopamine in the brain gives him a higher and higher feeling. The addiction itself or the addictive substance can alter the brain patterns as addicts seek these rewards. The person with certain traits may start out in pain over a divorce or a stressful job that begins the cycle. Eventually, the person may come down from the high and be in pain again, as the consequences of gambling harm families, jobs, and relationships.. The person goes into denial even though he knows the decadence from the habit. A person's friend may have participated with him initially but never became like the friend, because he did not have an addictive personality. Stephen Mason PhD states that 10-15% of society have this type of personality. Some addictive personalities may have a genetic disposition or a defect in the brain.
If you don't have access to it, you may not develop it. At one time, many states did not have gambling establishments, Now, they are everywhere, so the environment may be ripe for the habit. Diet coke and alcohol, readily available, can easily become sources. Diet coke has ingredients, such as caffeine, in addition to the sugar substitute aspartame, that experts say may change the metabolism of a person and become a catalyst for addiction. This young woman drinks an enormous amount, and may have an addictive personality. In addition, If you are in a home or other environment where alcohol and other addictive substances exist, this may be a catalyst for the pattern of addictive behavior..
Even Diet Coke Can Be Addictive
An intervention by family members is a technique that can work if handled in a positive non-confronting manner. Concerned members have a meeting with the addict and discuss how the problem is affecting all concerned. The family need to profess their love for the victim as the reason for the mediation. If the mediation is successful, the person can contact a crisis center, or talk to his physician about treatment. It might be Alcoholics Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous, or a treatment facility, either hospital or private facility. This technique can be very successful. You might have a professional person conduct the mediation, according to the family's desire.
Conclusion - Hope for Recovery
Addiction is a serious problem in society. Mentioned here are only three types, whereas many others exist. Where people fit in the addictive personality and the issues of environment, genetic, and the brain is difficult to determine and would need extensive study. The two woman mentioned above ,reportedly had ongoing stress in the workplace, which could have triggered their desires . They have currently made a plan to seek help. The man in the story had a problem with the brain. Is there ever a final answer for their pain? Rehabilitation has helped many victims , but those with addictive personalities, especially. must lead careful lives, never drinking or gambling or participating in any such behavior the rest of their lives. "When the world says," give up", hope says "try it one more time." by unknown author. Those who have persevered can join hands in survival. The sun will shine and the stars will twinkle in the sky forever for their victory .
Poker Can be Addictive
Video - Addictive Personality
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