It has been known for a long time that certain types of people are more likely to fall into addiction than others. This may be because they have a genetic inheritance that makes them more prone to this type of behaviour or it could be because they have a personality that makes them more likely to engage in substance abuse. It can be helpful for people in Norfolk who have fallen into this type of behaviour to find out what is driving it. This work can best be done in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre.
The Addictive Personality
It does seem that there are certain people who are more likely to fall into addiction than others. The addictive personality refers to a number of personality traits that make the individual more prone to this type of behaviour. It would include such traits as:
- This type of person will be far more likely to act impulsively. This means that they do things first and worry about the consequences later on.
- The individual may have a high tolerance for risk taking. This combined with their tendency towards impulsivity can create a deadly combination.
- It is common for those who fall into addiction to suffer from low self esteem. This can be as a result of the addiction or they may have had low self esteem to begin with. This is one of the reasons for why the individual remains trapped in addiction for so long. They feel powerless and may even feel like they deserve their predicament.
- The individual may be prone to depression or symptoms of anxiety.
- They admire non conformists. The individual may believe that their addictive behaviour is a form of rebellion.
- They will usually have a high tolerance for deviance. This means that they believe that it is OK to break the rules in the name of enjoyment.
- The individual may be prone to attention seeking behaviour. They may act out in an attempt to keep the attention on them.
- This type of person will tend to be self obsessed. They will tend to value other people as a means to an end.
- They will tend to feel pessimistic about the future.
- It is common for substance abusers to be highly cynical. This means that they do not trust those working in the recovery movement, and they doubt that the different recovery options will work.
- The person will be prone to negative thinking. Even when things are going well they will be expecting something bad to happen.
It is unlikely that those who fall into addiction in Norfolk will have all the traits of the addictive personality, but they are likely to have at least some of them. It is important that the individual is able to overcome these traits so that it does not prevent them from benefiting for rehab or other addiction treatment options. It will be one of the important tasks of early recovery to overcome the addictive personality.
Seeking professional help
For addicts to seek professional help, they will normally have to reach what is known as ‘rock bottom.’ This is a state where the person cannot get any lower in life. They may well have lost everything including friends, family, their job and home due to their addiction. A feeling of utter hopelessness that can no longer be fended off with the abuse of drugs and alcohol can lead to them finally admitting that they need help.
Another way that somebody with an addiction can go to rehab is for loved ones to intervene and show them the damaging effects of their lifestyle. This can mean gathering round and telling the substance abuser exactly how their actions have had an impact on those around them. Interventions are by no means smooth sailing. The substance abuser can hang on to their denial desperately, often becoming angry and upset at what they may see as a personal attack on their character. For interventions to work, attendees must stay vigilant and show the person that they are there out of love and that their situation cannot continue any longer.
The final way to go to rehab is to be referred by a doctor or court order. Both instances are born through unpleasant circumstances. Court orders may be filed if there has been some kind of domestic abuse, or if the person has been caught taking part in illegal activities because of their addiction. To be referred by a doctor can often mean that the state of somebody’s health is critical. Toxins could have seriously damaged their internal organs; they could be manically depressed or even have attempted suicide. They may have become hospitalised after an overdose.