Addictive personality disorder traits: Five warning signs of addiction

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Approximately 10 percent of the population will develop an addictive personality. This sort of person will develop destructive, self-sabotaging, compulsive behaviours and the condition needs treatment to avoid a dangerous spiral out of control. Here are the most common traits of addictive personality disorder, according to wellness author and addict in recovery, Christopher Dines.

An addictive personality is a set of personality traits that make someone predisposed to developing addictions.

While the first thing that springs to mind is substance abuse, you can be addicted to a whole range of things other than alcohol and drugs.

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For example, you might be addicted to gambling, sex, the internet, plastic surgery, television, food or shopping.

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How can it be treated?

An addictive personality can be very destructive, but it can be treated with support and appropriate professional intervention.

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Christopher said: “Support groups, EMDR therapy, mindfulness and connecting with nature can produce incredible results.

“It’s important to direct kindness inwards and practise plenty of self-care.”

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