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Do You Have an Addictive Personality?

Updated on November 10, 2013

It is a common assumption that addictions denote drugs, alcohol, nicotine and other harmful substances. In reality, an addictive personality relates to a set of personality traits that make an individual predisposed to addiction.This can be related to any type of behavior that involves excessive, repetitive, sometimes compulsive use of a substance or action. Common addictions include: Illegal Drugs, Prescription Medication, Alcohol, Cigarettes/nicotine, overeating, dieting, exercising, gambling and sex. While the term "addiction" does bring these negative qualities to mind, people can also be addicted to things that are good for you. Some common "good" addictions: exercise, sports, cleanliness and reading. The truth is, anything that leads to "addictive " proportions, probably isn't good for you.


Nature Vs Nurture

There are many schools of thought on whether addictions can be caused physiologically. Is it in our DNA, genetics or are there mental disorders that can predispose us to addictions? Conversely, is it behavioral or learned? Regardless of the source, once an addiction begins, it falls quickly into the physiological realm. To read more indepth about the physical changes to an addicted brain, start with this explanation from Wikipedia.

Signs that Someone Has an Addictive Personality

Family History
Feelings of guilt
"I can stop anytime"
Unstable home
Hiding the behavior
Not admitting to it or how much.
History of abuse.
Lying about it.
Making excuses.

Where do you stand?

Do you have an addictive personality?

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A Personal View on Addiction

I became dependant on pain medication over thirty years ago due to a chronic health condition. It has been an upward struggle ever since but I have been fortunate to get help and support from my doctors. Hub author, Stephanie7889 gives a personal viewpoint as she talks about what it is like having a mother who is addicted to pain killers in Pain Pills: Living With an Addict. It gives great insight into what our addictions do to those who care about us.

And these are only the prescription drugs.
And these are only the prescription drugs. | Source

Stopping the Addiction.

Many people don't even realize they are addicted until they try to stop. This is a two-fold problem when whatever they are addicted to causes chemical changes in the body, such as: Alcohol, pain medication, meth-amphetamines, nicotine, caffeine, etc. In these cases, the person is both physically and emotionally addicted. There are several factors to consider as they try to quit the habit. It is a common fallacy for people to say, "I can stop anytime." or for other people to assume that someone can. Addiction is a condition that deserves support. What works for some people won't work for everyone. It is also important to consider that while some people are quitting a habit, others are battling an addiction. It is wise to seek help and support. There are many programs that can help you shed your addiction as painlessly as possible. Don't be ashamed or embarrassed to seek help and try not to let cost be a consideration. There are many agencies out there to help and many friends and family members who would love to help.

Are you addicted, obsessed or just really, really like something?

Countless times, we hear people say they are addicted to something. It is a term that is unfortuntely, used loosely.

  • I am addicted to Coca-Cola.
  • I am addicted to Greys Anatomy.
  • I am obsessed with the color blue.
  • I am obsessed with black olives.

Are these adictions? Probably not. Could they be? Yes. Anything can be an addiction but most likely, these are things that these people just really like a lot.

Some Famous People and Their Addictions

We are constantly reading or hearing about the addictions of the "rich and famous." Some of these people have kicked their habits and become spokesman to help others. Some of these people have continued to feed their addictions and pique our interest.

More Famous People with Interesting Addictions

Katy Perry reportedly brushes her teeth more than six times a day.

Robert Pattinson claims to be addicted to diet coke

Nicole Kidman must have cake every evening.

Cameron Diaz is addicted to golf.

Charlize Theron is addicted to watching Deal or no Deal.

Avril Lavigne is addicted to wearing black eyeliner.

Jesse Eisenberg to foster cats

Jack Black is addicted to drinking green tea.

Selma Hayak is addicted to breast feeding.

Paris Hilton is addicted to skydiving.

Drew Barrymore began her drug abuse as a very young child but has long since stopped.

Corey Haim, Heath Ledger, Marilyn Monroe, and Anna Nicole Smith were just a handful of celebrities who lost their lives because of their addiction to prescription drugs.

Countless other stars have lost their lives to illegal drugs. The most recent, Amy Winehouse, Brittany Murphy and Glee star, Cory Monteith.

Mary Kate Olsen has had a long time problem with anorexia but is working on changing that.

David Hasselhoff made a public embarrassment of himself because of his addiction to alcohol.

Jane Lynch became addicted to cold medicine while breaking her addiction to alcohol.


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    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you do much, Denise! Your commen means so much to me! Thank you also for the votes and share! Take care

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      Denise Handlon 

      5 years ago from North Carolina

      Very useful hub, Randi. There is so much I can say about addictions and addictive personality, and you've touched on many important points here. The charts and poll were also helpful. UP/U/I and shared.

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      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Chris, thank you! Your words mean a lot to me. Congratulations on the 4 years, 6 months, 23 days! What a wonderful accomplishment!

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      Chris Mills 

      5 years ago from Dallas, Texas through August 23, 2019.

      Good job with this one Randi. I recognize so much here from personal experience with alcoholism. I've been clean and sober for 4 years, 6 months, 28 days. I recognize the denial and the need for help when attempting to break free from addiction. Thanks for the clear explanations and for sharing your personal experience as well.

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      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Too true, Patricia! People are too busy trying to be what they think everyone wants. Thank you for stopping by. I'd love to read your hubabout addiction. Thank you for the angels and right back to you and yours. I hope you are all feeling well.

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from sunny Florida

      Thanks for sharing this. Many have these addictions are in denial. I have written about my own battle with addiction and am ever mindful of it.

      The message you have shared will be helpful to all who come here to read.

      Angels are on the way this morning. ps

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      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      I totally agree both south the OCD and the writing. My compulsive writing behavior does in the myriad scraps of paper with snippets of hubs in them! Thank you Martie!

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      Martie Coetser 

      5 years ago from South Africa

      Very interesting and informative hub about addictive personalities. I am definitely addicted to writing - tapping the keys with the tips of my fingers, feeling the stream of thoughts flowing out of my mind, through my fingers and onto the screen. Seeing them, reading them, organizing them once again in my mind just to let it flow out again.... Although this is more an obsessive-compulsive personality disorder than an addiction. I think all people with an OCPD are inclined to become addictive to anything they really-really like. I enjoyed the read. Thanks!

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      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Maria....I am so sorry, somehow I missed your comment. :( I do love me some cake, too and the chocolate that most everyone here is so fond of! In fact, I have a very sweet tooth! Like you, I wish I could wear it as well as Nicole Kidman! Thank you so much for the votes and, as always, generous comments! Hugs right back at you!

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      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      True that,drbj! The trouble with cake is that, even if it is readily available, it often looks better than it tastes! Chocolate, however, rarely disappoints!

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      drbj and sherry 

      5 years ago from south Florida

      Thanks for all this interesting addictive information, Randi. I feel so much better now that I know I am not alone in my addiction to dark chocolate - I share that with with some of your commenters. As well as desire for nightly evening cake with Nicole Kidman - not always as easily available as the chocolate, y'know.

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      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Hey Carol! Good to see you! I think what separates the addictive person is that they can't our don't know when to stop.

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      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Joelle! Chocolate is a good addiction, especially Belgium chocolate!

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      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      Great hub as always Randi. I am not addicted ..I don't think. I like to gamble and play poker--but never out of control. And I have cut back on that. AHA a confession. You did a great job here and we know there are many with addictions. I think celebrities have a tough time staying on top and worrying about it.

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      5 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Great hub about addictions, Randi! I don't think I have a addictive personality, I don't smoke, I rarely drink alcohol..... but I have a hard time resist chocolate.... I blame that on my roots from Belgium ;-)

      It's too bad that for some people those addiction can turn deadly!

      Have a great weekend :-)

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      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Eddy! Have a great weekend!

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Frank!!!!! :}

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      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Sheila, I totally agree. I have heard people talking about spending several hours a day at the gym. That can't be good!

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      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thanks for stopping by, Pamela! Luckily not everyone has an addictive personality or we'd all be in trouble!

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      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you , Bill! Point taken. Changes have been made! You have a gfreat weekend as well!

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      5 years ago from Wales

      A great hub Randi and thank you for sharing.


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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      btr.. what a thorough and insightful hub.. yeah voted awesome!!!!

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      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Jackie. Overeating probably matches the terms of addiction more rhan Anorexia! Thank you for sharing that! I also quit smoking 5 years ago. It was tough!

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      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, Faith! It is so prevalent right now. I do appreciaye your kind comments, votes and share!

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      Maria Jordan 

      5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Randi,

      Very well detailed and relayed informatively with no hint of judgement.

      How fascinating to read of some famous peoples' addictions...while Nicole Kidman and I have the same affinity for cake, she seems to hide hers a bit more successfully...perhaps it's a generational thang (LOL).

      Great job-Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria

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      5 years ago

      Very interesting and informative. I especially like how you pointed out that people can be addicted to what are perceived as good things. I don't think the saying about you can never have enough of a good thing is correct. Too much exercise can be just as harmful as too little.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      This is a very good hub on addictions. I have certainly been around people in my family with different addictions. I don't think I have any as I've never smoked, etc, but I really do like dark chocolate. LOL!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well it's not secret that I am an addict. I had a problem with your never truly conquers an addictive personality; one learns to live with it and keep it under control, but I will never beat alcoholism; it is much too powerful.

      Have a great weekend Randi!

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I quit smoking over ten years ago so I sure understand addiction. If people could just realize the hold these things get on you before getting started. You know there is the reverse of Anorexia too, like over eating and people getting so big they can't even get out of bed. But I guess we could go on and on. Great discussion, hope it helps someone while there is still time! ^

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Randi,

      This is a very insightful hub here on addictive personality disorders. Yes, you have pointed out a great truth that the one addicted may not even realize such until he or she has caused great harm to either himself or others prior to seeking the help they need, if ever.

      Thank you for brining awareness to this issue.

      Excellent hub.

      Up and more and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper


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