April 14, 2016

These Personality Types Can Become Alcoholics

people most likely to suffer from alcoholism

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What Personality Types Are Prone to Addiction & Alcoholism?

Drug and alcohol addiction is a problem that affects people in all walks of life. Police officers often note that they arrest everyone from doctors to teachers to general laborers for driving under the influence. It seems to affect people of every profession equally.
Are there certain types of people more prone to addiction? And if so, what is the cause?

The National Institute on Drug Abuse claims that addiction has a number of causes, including genetics, mental health issues and the environment in which one is raised.

Who is Most Likely to Become an Alcoholic

In 2012, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health determined that Native American youths actually have the highest chance of drug addiction or alcohol. Second to them is white males between the ages of 18 and 24. African Americans come in third, which came as a surprise to many considering how many African Americans are jailed each year for selling drugs.

Environmental Factors

The National Institute of Health determined that children of alcoholics and drug abusers are about 70% more likely to become an addict themselves. It is possible that this is due to a genetic predisposition, or it could mean that the child was raised in an environment where drug and alcohol use was common. The child might have grown up seeing drug and alcohol use as something that everyone does.

People With Mental Illness

People who suffer from bipolar disorder and depression are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol. It is believed that many of these people are attempting to medicate themselves in order to manage their problems in a way that allows them to function. Alcohol and certain drugs can help treat anxiety and depression to a degree for a short time, but the accumulated effects are disastrous. Worse, drugs and alcohol actually worsen the effects of bipolar disorder.

Woman Slouched with Whiskey
Creative People

There has long been a connection between creative people and substance abuse. Elvis Presley, Heath Ledger and John Belushi all died due to substance abuse problems. Creative types frequently experiment with drugs or abuse alcohol, and it lead to overdose or suicide.

Intelligent People

What is most-fascinating about addiction is that smart, successful people are actually more likely to be addicts. Wall Street traders and lawyers frequently are found to be abusing substances. It could be that the individual is using these substances to keep pushing themselves higher up the ladder. It might also be that they are struggling with the downside of success and are using substances to fill the paradoxical hollow feeling that often comes with achieving your dreams.

Outcast of the teenage boys
Psychologists theorize that children with high IQs are much more likely to use heroin and cocaine than their less intelligent peers. It is believed that this might be because those with high intelligence assume that they can intellectually manage the substance use so as to avoid becoming addicted. People frequently underestimate the biological need that addiction creates within the human body. Addiction is generally not something one can control with mere brain power.

Negative People

A study performed by Kenneth J.D. Allen revealed that people who often feel anger, tension or a sense of ennui have a higher likelihood of becoming an addict. That could be because negative traits tend to make people more impulsive.

People to Watch Out For in Your Life

There are probably people in your life who either have a propensity for addiction or who are addicted. Young people are more likely to be addicts, particularly college students.

Keep your eyes peeled for friends or loved ones going through a tough time either at work or in their relationships. Stress is a key factor in triggering substance abuse.
Man in distress

The most important thing to remember is that you alone can not save an addict. They have to want to get help, and that help must come from a trained professional. It is good to offer support, but do not allow yourself to become an enabler.

Addiction have been overcome by millions of people. It is not a death sentence. Educate yourself on the warning signs and encourage an open, healthy lifestyle.