Current Magazine

Did You Inherit an Addictive Personality?

Posted on the 08 October 2018 by Dailyfusion @dailyfusion

An addictive personality brings with it numerous risks and troubles. A person suffering from addictive impulses might find him/herself engaging all sorts of destructive behavior. Most assume addictive personalities go hand-in-hand with drug and alcohol abuse or compulsive gambling, but excessive shopping and overindulgence in hobbies also reflect issues with addictive behavior.

Addressing an addictive personality can prove difficult. Often, environmental factors play a role in developing an addiction. Someone who grew up in an environment where people used drugs or gambled heavily might develop the same addictive behaviors. While environment does factor in addictive behaviors, so does genetic predisposition.

Humans can inherit addictive impulses through their genes. Genetic factors contributing to addictive behaviors adds complexities to addressing the problem. With the right approach, a person may be able to overcome his/her struggles with addiction. The following five steps could prove helpful to those seeking the path of recovery.

1.) Recognize the Problem is a Full-Blown Addiction

Did you Inherit an Addictive Personality?

Self-denial remains a trait among many suffering from addictions. A person suffering from substance abuse or another addiction doesn't accept the reality of his/her condition. An unfortunate consequence emerges here. The individual's self-denial leads him/her to avoid seeking help. Whether addiction's roots are environmental or genetic, overcoming the problem usually requires seeking professional assistance. Accepting the existence of a severe condition serves as a vital step towards seeking out help.

2.) Seek Out a Therapist Who Understands Genetic Predispositions

Did you Inherit an Addictive Personality?

Working with a professional addiction counselor could greatly help someone towards a life free of addictions. Choosing the right therapist - one who specializes in the patient's specific addiction - makes sense. Anyone with concerns over genetic roots of addiction probably would benefit from contacting a professional with experience in dealing with inherited traits.

3.) Procure DNA Ancestry and Heritage Information

Did you Inherit an Addictive Personality?

Any information a patient can provide to a counselor might prove valuable during the sessions. Speaking candidly and openly with the counselor benefits the process. The therapist might find additional information equally helpful. Providing the results of a DNA heritage test could further enhance the sessions. Since genetics may factor into addictive behavior, an in-depth exploration of ancestry might prove enlightening.

4.) Explore the Option of Group Therapy

Did you Inherit an Addictive Personality?

Group therapy serves as a way many people suffering from addictions try to deal with their problems. A therapist could assist a patient in finding an appropriate therapy group. Perhaps the option existed to meet with a group in which members may share experiences about family and genetic-related addictions. Reading about the relationship between genetics and addiction probably won't be enough. Talking to others of similar backgrounds could be a better next step.

5.) Avoid Overlooking Contributing Environmental Factors

Did you Inherit an Addictive Personality?

A therapist may conclude addictive behaviors and impulses were inherited. Regardless of this conclusion, patients won't experience much improvement in a condition if they don't deal with environmental factors. Remaining in contact with people who share the same addictive behaviors commonly undermines sobriety. People aren't the only risk factors. A compulsive spender might wish to avoid shopping malls. Ultimately, avoiding people and situations facilitating addictions supports a path to recovery.

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Big Food Giants Manipulate Public Health Policy in China

    Food Giants Manipulate Public Health Policy China

    Coca-Cola is at it again. As soda sales decline in the United States and Europe, beverage companies look to emerging economies like China for growth. And, it... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Dietdoctor
  • Jewellery for a Precious You

    Jewellery Precious

    Jewellery is always close to a woman’s heart. It completes her look and boost confidence. Considering the changing trends in jewellery fashion, it becomes... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Dr.jenifer Sayyed
  • Rajshri Productions’ Next Is A Film On Friendship | Hum Chaar | Trailer

    Abhishek Dixit’s debut feature film Hum Chaar is a Bollywood film made under the banner of Rajshri’s film. Hum Chaar is written and directed by Abhishek Dixit. Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Themoviean
  • Saint Paul the First Hermit

    Saint Paul First Hermit

    Today is the feast day of Saint Paul the hermit. This is a sweet and delicate Oatmeal Bread topped with rolled oats and naturally sweetened with agave. Saint... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Veronica46
  • Irupathiyonnaam Noottaandu | Teaser | Pranav Mohanlal | Arun Gopy

    Arun Gopy’s Irupathiyonnaam Noottaandu is an upcoming Malayalam action-drama feature film starring Pranav Mohanlal and Zaya David in the lead roles. Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Themoviean
  • A Year Of Body Positivity

    Year Body Positivity

    Last January, as I sat there on New Years eve all set to make the same old resolutions I've made year after year for as long as I can remember, I realised how... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Sparklesandstretchmarks
  • Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – Jan 2019

    Garden Bloggers Bloom 2019

    Euphorbia rigidaWhen I went out to take the photos for this blog post I was surprised at how much was in flower dotted around the garden. Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Patientgardener