Addictive Personalities and Hydrocodone Addiction Development

Addictive Personalities and Hydrocodone Addiction Development

Addictive personality disorder (APD) is a psychological condition that makes a person more prone to developing a wide range of addictions. Individuals may be born with a biological predisposition toward addiction or may develop the disease due to trauma, neglect or recreational substance abuse. Individuals with addictive personalities usually demonstrate one or more of the following traits:

  • A low tolerance for stress or anxiety
  • Impulse control deficiency
  • High levels of self-monitoring, which is consciously desiring to change behavior in order to fit into a group
  • Social non-conformity
  • Extreme extroversion
  • Poor self-esteem
  • Depression
  • Compulsive behaviors, such as gambling, shopping, lying, self injury and eating disorders

The underlying brain dysfunction at the heart of addictive personality disorder causes sufferers to feel high levels of emotional discomfort on a regular basis. Individuals with addictive personality disorder may instinctively attempt to treat this discomfort through alcohol or drug abuse or other self-comforting behaviors that cause short-term psychological relief. They tend to take drinking, smoking, eating, spending money, thrill seeking or even exercising to extremes. They lack the psychological power to engage in anything pleasurable in moderation.

Hydrocodone and Addiction

Hydrocodone is a prescription opiate that is synthesized from the same root chemical as heroin and morphine. It blocks moderate to severe physical pain by binding to specific chemical receptors in the central nervous system, preventing them from transmitting pain signals in the brain. In the process of doing this, however, the drug also blocks feelings of emotional pain or anxiety and gives the user a powerful euphoria or “high.” Anyone, whether prone to addictive personality traits or not, can become physically and psychologically addicted to hydrocodone in a short amount of time. Addictive personalities, however, are especially at risk. The brain recognizes the psychological relief produced by the drug and will demand that relief repeatedly unless the pattern of addiction is broken.

Preventing and Treating Hydrocodone Dependency

Individuals with addictive personality traits should be especially careful when it comes to intoxicating substances and certain behaviors that cause spikes in endorphin or adrenaline in the bloodstream. The following actions can significantly decrease the likelihood of a person developing a full blown addiction:

  • Seeking personal counseling early and communicating openly with a therapist
  • Communicating with medical doctors about addictive tendencies to avoid being given an addictive drug if possible
  • Attending support group meetings that help addictive personalities to learn from the struggles and victories of others
  • Seeking specially designed rehab programs that teach coping skills and help addictive types to channel personality traits in healthy ways

If you are concerned about your own addictive personality tendencies or you are noticing troubling symptoms in a friend or loved one, please call our toll-free helpline today. Our counselors are always standing by with advice, answers and resources. Whether hydrocodone has already become a problem in your life or not, we can help. Addictive personality disorder can be overcome. Many of the most influential and impressive people in the world have these same tendencies. Call now and let us answer your questions personally, privately and professionally.