Healthy Recovery, Healthy Relationships Most recovering addicts aren’t strangers to therapy and, as a result, have spent a lot of time working on themselves and their relationships.They have learned critical relationship skills, including how to identify, process and communicate their emotions and to set personal boundaries while respecting the lines drawn by others.Research suggests that addictive personalities begin in early childhood.
The tendency to use an addiction to cope, retreat and increase dopamine in the brain is part of the addictive personality. Spouses of potential addictive personalities might also look for an addictive behavior itself.
As discussed earlier, this can be more subtle and difficult to detect than a drug addiction.
Underneath the common conception of an addict — a person in the throes of a full-blown addiction, hunting for ways to satisfy his or her addiction — lies a common set of personality traits that predisposes a person to an addiction.
That set of traits is the addictive personality, which can account for a person’s physical and psychological dependence on a substance or behavior.
Ultimately, addictive personalities need treatment that addresses the physical, behavioral and psychological components of addiction.
No matter what the addiction, your spouse will likely experience some sort of withdrawal that requires a professional’s attention.
Along the way, do not neglect your own experience in the process.
It can help to discuss the matter with a therapist or counselor to explore the effect your spouse’s addiction might be having on you.
Those addictions can include drugs, alcohol, and even behaviors such as jogging, eating or pornography.