What kind of person is more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol and ultimately develop a drug dependence? While in some studies, those who are extroverted risk-takers and thrill-seekers demonstrate a higher likelihood of developing a substance abuse issue, a new study published in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences has found that introverted people who tend to be negative in their outlook may be at higher risk for the development of drug addiction as compared to more positive, extroverted people.
The Role of Personality in Addiction and Treatment
The more we know about the person dependent upon drugs or alcohol, the better able we are to:
- Identify those in need of treatment
- Recognize when a problem is about to begin or worsen
- Get treatment to addicts in need
- Prepare loved ones for how best to help their addicted family member
In this case, it may be that those who are open to finding their joy in the world around them are less likely to seek pleasure through substance abuse, according to researcher Dr. Sergi Ferré. In the same way, those who do not find joy in things like spending time with family or friends or taking a vacation may be more likely to look to drugs and alcohol for a release.
Additionally, a tendency toward depression or anxiety increased the likelihood that study participants would engage in addictive drug and alcohol use. The Huffington Post also reports that difficulty moderating a behavior once begun is linked to a higher risk for substance abuse.
The Role of Family in Addiction Treatment
Personality isn’t the only factor that can indicate an increased risk of drug and alcohol abuse. Environment, genetics, and other factors can contribute to the development of the disorder as well.
As a family member, whether or not you or others in the family have struggled with drug and alcohol abuse, you can play a significant role in helping your loved one to overcome their addiction issues. In fact, it is often only because a family member insisted that an addicted person agrees to enter treatment. No matter your loved one’s view of the world or their situation, you can encourage them to get help by:
- Enrolling them in a drug rehab program that’s right for their needs
- Creating and maintaining boundaries
- Remaining consistent and supportive of their pursuit of abstinence
- Staging an intervention, if necessary
Get your loved one started in treatment today. Contact us at Axis now to get started.