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Addictive Personality; Hope for Recovery

Updated on December 9, 2015
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Helping others through her research and writing meets an important goal for Audrey. She has spent many hours on this goal in her career.

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.

Gamblers and Table
Gamblers and Table

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.

Man drinking from bottle
Man drinking from bottle | Source

Alcohol Ruins Marriages

If a person has an addictive personality, he can develop an alcohol addiction.
If a person has an addictive personality, he can develop an alcohol addiction. | Source

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.

Addictive Personality

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

Diet coke has addictive ingredients.
Diet coke has addictive ingredients. | Source

Social Drinking

Can social drinking lead to addiction?
Can social drinking lead to addiction? | Source


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

Stay away from poker games if you have an addiction and play for money...
Stay away from poker games if you have an addiction and play for money... | Source

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      Audrey Selig 

      4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Sunshine - I am so glad you stopped by to read my hub on addiction. I am addicted to frozen yogurt, but I try not to overdo it. The dangerous addictions are the bad ones. I like the quote above that addicted people need Jesus. Many addicted people do get help. The sad ones where it is a brain problem with addiction, make me sad too. Anyway you are a bit of sunshine to my hub today. Blessings, Audrey

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I have an addictive personality...when I find something I enjoy I become addicted, but I also get bored easily so it all balances out in the long run. My addictions are harmless...such as reading, online games, chocolate, exercise...I consider these all addictions to me. I know how difficult hardcore addictions are to break, I admire those who are able to break free.

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      Audrey Selig 

      4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Beth, that sounds like a great addiction - addicted to God and Christianity. It sounds like the makings of a song or a poem. Thanks for stopping by with this great info. I like it!! Audrey

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      4 years ago

      I don't know if you are a believer or not Audrey, but I just had to share a quote with you. I don't know who said it... my friend is a therapist and she said she was quoting someone else, but I can't remember who. "To be alive is to be addicted, and to be addicted is to need Jesus." I just love that. :)

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      Audrey Selig 

      4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Beth. I am glad you read my hub, and I really enjoyed your poem. Your writing is real and full of feeling. Yes, addiction is pain and then more pain as the addiction takes over your life. The fun never lasts., but hope and love can win. Good luck to you and your husband and to your smoking commitment. Thank you for your very kind words, Beth Blessings. Audrey

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      4 years ago

      I loved this line Audrey, "Pain creates addiction and addiction creates more pain." So true. My husband is one of those ppl who gets a lot out of support groups, but I have always been one of those do-it-yourself kind of ppl. I just quit smoking 3 weeks ago and I haven't really missed it at all. The test will be do I ever return to it again. I hope not. It's an answer to prayer. Good article, thank you. :)

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      Writer Fox 

      5 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Personally, I'm addicted to Pepsi. But the most common addition today is the Internet! Hope you write an article on that one.

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      Audrey Selig 

      5 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Sid - I commented on this hub some time ago, but it disappeared. I appreciate your comments and also your critique. You have good ideas to make hubs meet higher standards. Your comment from the psychotherapist makes sense to me - that many people need the trauma healed to reach full recovery. The woman in my story who gambled and embezzled, went to prison and will need a long recovery process, I believe. I plan to make the changes to this hub when it has more traffic. Good luck with your writing. Audrey

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      Audrey Selig 

      5 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Gary. How are you doing? Thanks for reading my huh and commenting. You always have good feedback. I wondered if you retired but still do coaching. I also remember your car wreck quite some time ago, and the blue fox story both on HubPages i hope you and your wife are doing well. Peace and light to you my friend. Take care. Thanks again.

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      Gary Eby 

      5 years ago from Cave Junction, Oregon

      Yes to the power of Hope. Thanks for your comments on my Hub: Purple Flame so long ago. I get frustrated with the Internet sometimes. Here's my approach to Positive Beliefs that Heal: see the red flags; vent emotions honestly; use positive thoughts; take positive action; hold to positive beliefs. Peace and Light...Gary.

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      Sid Kemp 

      5 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      This is a very fine hub. Voted up, useful, and interesting. I would add only one thing, from a colleague who is a psychotherapist and expert on healing addiction. Avoiding the addictive environment and being in rehabilitation are only a start. A person with a history of addiction never fully recovers until the underlying trauma is healed, as through psychotherapy.


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