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General Health, Wellness, & Spirituality Questions Hey.. are you new to the health & fitness lifestyle? Then this sub-forum is for you. Inside is a slew of pertinent tips and explanations to speed you on your way. Enjoy! The forum has been dedicated to the memory of a now deceased friend of the NarkSide: David "Mavsluva" Lowe. He was an inspiration for many of us here in the community. This forum serves to continue the work which David started: To unite the Spirit, Mind, and Body... in the pursuit of the improvement of self. R.I.P. David. We love you man. You'll always be with us.

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Addictive Personality? How To Controll It.


Crawling out of bed in the morning, you reach for a cigarette. Before you've even taken your jacket off when you get home, you're popping open a beer. And when you're not at the casino or buying lottery tickets, you're willing to take anyone's bet. At what point does a habit become an addiction?
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An addiction is a physical or psychological dependence on a substance or behavior. It's the inability to stop an activity that is threatening your health, lifestyle, livelihood, or relationships. There are many types of addiction, not all of them deadly. If you have a chocolate donut with your coffee at roughly the same time every day, that's a habit.

There are varying levels of dependency. Alcoholism, for example, is considered a progressive illness. The alcoholic's inability to control their compulsion to drink becomes increasingly debilitating.

Much has been written and refuted about addictive personalities and whether some people are predisposed to compulsive actions. There must be some validity to this notion. After all, why doesn't everyone who gambles become addicted to gambling? How is it that some men can chat online for only a couple of hours a week while others feel compelled to spend all night in chat rooms, to the detriment of their home life and career?

Let's look at some of the traits that suggest a person might have an addictive personality. If you recognize one or several in yourself, a friend or a colleague, you can take action to regain control.
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Compulsive behavior

Whether it's over-exercising or over-imbibing, when you feel compelled to engage in something over and over again, it's more than a habit. Excessive repetition is often an attempt to regain a euphoric feeling; to recapture that adrenaline rush you felt when you first got wasted, won at the slot machine or competed in a marathon. When your perfectionist tendencies begin to rule your life and you obsess over minor details and inconsequential events, it may also be indicative of an addictive personality.


Lack of self-control

A sign of maturity is the ability to set limits on one's behavior. If your habits are becoming too demanding and you feel powerless over them, you may have become addicted.


Refusal to accept responsibility

From the drunk lying in the gutter to the porn addict, a common trait among addicts is that they consider their habit to be someone else's fault. If you hear yourself constantly blaming others, perhaps it's time to consider the real source of the problem. Failure to recognize the gravity of the issues, lying to your family and friends, and engaging in elaborate cover-ups to hide your vices are all signs that your behavior is out of control.

Substituting vices

Have you ever noticed how much coffee Alcoholics Anonymous members drink? Or how some people chew gum incessantly for months after they quit smoking? They may have substituted one addiction for another, which lends credence to the existence of addictive personalities.


Tendency toward multiple vices

A man might overeat every night, blaming stress, and then pop antacids to ease his heartburn without recognizing that he is addicted to both. A workaholic who turns to cybersex every night may claim it's because he doesn't have time to make more meaningful personal connections. This could suggest a predisposition toward habitual unhealthy activities.


Family history

Adult children of alcoholics may choose to abstain from liquor and narcotics completely, but might develop a different addiction. Their drug of choice could be excessive exercise, workaholism or over-the-counter pain medication. Could this mean that addictive personality traits are hereditary?


Insecurity

Whatever the addiction or compulsive behavior, it generally masks unhappiness, insecurity and a fear of failure. Inability to make a commitment is another sign. An addict makes unhealthy choices. He cannot see that building a trusting relationship with other people and learning to accept his own strengths and weaknesses is the way out.
combat an addictive personality

Be it your own addictive personality or someone else's, here are some steps that can be taken to combat it:


Admit to it

The first step to recovery is to admit that there's a problem. Own it. Take responsibility for your actions and your feelings. If you're helping a friend with an addiction, you cannot force him to accept his frailties, but if you're understanding and supportive, that will help.


Stop cold turkey

When it's a matter of willpower, you can conquer the munchies. A serious narcotic addiction will likely require medical intervention. With everything else in between, you can decide how to handle it. Wean yourself off cigarettes by cutting down. If quitting outright sounds too difficult, consider delayed gratification. Promise yourself pizza on Saturday if you can curb your caloric intake all week. Or put off that smoke break for 20 minutes and perhaps the craving will subside.


Get informed

Arm yourself with information. Trying to overcome an addiction is easier when you're not dealing with a fear of the unknown. You'll be better able to help a friend conquer his demons if you've done some research and have pertinent, helpful advice to offer.


Join a group

There are a multitude of 12-step programs and other support groups available. You or your friend might find it helpful to get together with other people who have the same problem. Talking about the addiction reassures you that you're not the only one living with a dependency.


Stage an intervention

If you walk into a room one evening, see your girlfriend, boss, brother, and best buddy, and hear someone lock the door behind you, don't panic. It's called an intervention and they want to tell you how your habit is wreaking havoc on their lives. Getting angry and defensive will not make it any easier. Try listening. If you have to take this type of stand with a friend, read up on it in advance. It's a highly emotional but potentially life-changing event.


Seek professional help

There's no shame in obtaining medical help or psychological counseling. Whether you suffer from one addiction or several, you can find ways to combat the compulsion and regain your mental and physical health. Speak with your doctor or call a counseling referral line.
knowledge is power

If there is such a thing as an addictive personality and you are predisposed to potentially harmful time-consuming habitual actions, being aware of it allows you to regain control. By taking an objective look at your behavior, you might see areas where you are at risk of becoming addicted and you can make healthier choices.
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