These days it is hard to not be touched by addiction. Either you or someone you know is in danger of becoming an addict. It seems that every day we are hearing about another overdose of opioids or fentanyl or some other illicit drug. 

New designer drugs are popping up all the time. The opioid crisis is in the news and you may be wondering how we stop the madness. First, you have to understand the dangers of addiction and then know the signs. Ask yourself the following questions. 

Are you in danger of addiction? 

What makes some more susceptible to addiction than others?

Is there such a thing as an addictive personality?

Addictive personality does it exist?

Is there really such a thing as an addictive personality? According to Dr. Michael Weaver; the medical director for the “Center for Neurobehavioral Research on Addiction at the University of Texas”, he states “Addictive personality is not an actual psychiatric diagnosis. Personalities are multifaceted, and while there’s not one particular kind that’s more disposed to addiction than others, there are several elements that can come together to make you more liable to become addicted.”

What are the more likely elements of addiction

So, what are the more likely elements or risk factors for addiction? These elements and risk factors include:

  • Experiencing mental health disorder
  • Related to someone who is an addict
  • Seeks adventure and risk-taking
  • Obsessive and compulsive
  • Has trouble self-regulating
  • Apathetic
  • Impulsive
  • Genes

It is more than just in your genes. However, your genes contribute to half your risk factor for addiction it is not carved in stone that you will become addicted. This has been proved by studying twins whose birth parents were addicted but the twins were taken in by families who were not addicts. It is partly your genes but it is more than genes alone. 

It also encompasses your environment and development. It is the old nature versus nurture. But, your environment and development help form your choices in life. There are exceptions to this rule. 

When one or more risk factors come together, your risk for addiction greatly increases.  If are not addicted but have one or more risk factors from above you can be an exception. Knowing the signs and likelihood of addiction you can learn ways to prevent yourself from becoming an addict. 

Addiction prevention

Addiction prevention means you take responsibility for your risk of becoming addicted and learn the tools you need to change your behavior. 

Cognitive behavior therapy is one way to help you learn more positive ways of dealing with the stresses of life. Instead of turning to a negative response such as drugs, you can learn to turn to a positive response such as exercise and meditation. 

Your mental health plays a part in becoming or not becoming an addict. 

If you need help 449 Recovery can help you learn how to use positive responses to keep you off the path of addiction. Call us (855) 435-7449 to learn more about our programs.