1st Step Rehab | What Causes an Addictive Personality?

Last Updated: Sep 21st 2020

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

1st Step Rehab | What Causes an Addictive Personality?

An addictive personality is various traits that make an individual more susceptible to addiction. So, these individuals often turn to drugs or alcohol for support and security, as opposed to people or healthy relationships. Physical, psychological, and genetics all come into play when trying to identify an addictive personality. If you or your loved one suffer from addiction, contact 1st step rehab, and check out these three factors that contribute to an addictive personality.

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Dopamine Levels

Abnormal dopamine levels are a main factor when it comes to addictive personalities. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that helps regulate emotions and movement. Individuals with unusual dopamine levels are more susceptible to addiction and more likely to turn to drugs or alcohol.


A lot is unknown about the connection between genetics and addictive behavior. But, by comparing DNA sequences, research has shown that there is an inherited component to addiction, which means addictive personality traits can be passed down from parents to children.

Anxiety and Depression

It’s common for addictive personalities to experience negative emotions more harshly than the average person. People with addictive personalities often suffer from Anxiety and depression and turn to substances to cope, which ultimately leads to addiction.

1st Step Rehab

At 1st Step Behavioral Health, behavioral therapy identifies the underlying causes addiction. Thus, you can resolve those issues and find lasting hope and happiness. Don’t let addictive behaviors control your life. Permanently end addiction at 1st Step Behavioral Health in Pompano Beach, Florida. Contact us here or Call (855) 425-4846 to take the next step toward a healthier lifestyle today.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Brittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is the Assistant Clinical Director at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.