Do You Have an Addictive Personality? Find Out!

Have you heard the term highly addictive personality and wondered what it means? It’s not a clinical term, but this type of personality may indicate that you are at a higher risk for developing a chemical dependency and addiction.

Do You Think You Have an Addictive Personality?

To find out, take a quick quiz.

Read through the following questions. They are not meant to provide a true diagnosis but to get you started on determining if you may have a highly addictive personality and need help. We encourage you to answer honestly to yourself and then to seek out care from our team at FHE Health if you feel you are at risk.

Begin the Addictive Personality Quiz Now.

We've surveyed over 500 participants to create a baseline for the following questions. See how your personality relates to our initial survey.

Remember, this is not clinical advice and cannot replace a diagnosis. Results will simply show how you compare to a sample of self-selecting participants. 

1. Do you consider yourself to be a risk-taker?
2. Do you think that greater pleasure is tied to greater risk?
3. Do you commit to quitting an activity but find that you keep coming back to it?
4. Do you want to stop this behavior that you struggle to regulate? Do you see a problem with continuing?
5. Do you find that you self-medicate with certain activities to relieve stress?
6. Do you have strong feelings associated with completing certain activities, as if they are an itch that needs to be scratched?
7. Do you ever get in trouble at work or school because of the actions you’ve taken (or not taken) as a result of your engagement in this activity? Perhaps you failed to complete an assignment because you chose to drink, for example.
8. Have you gotten into legal trouble related to the activity? Perhaps this has happened more than once.
9. After a stressful day at work or school, do you find yourself thinking only about engaging in that activity, perhaps thinking it is the only way you are going to find relief from your anxiety, stress and fear?
10. Do you recognize how your life suffers because of your commitment to an activity? Even when you recognize this, do you still find it hard to stop engaging in that activity?
11. If you can't engage in a specific activity for a period of 24 hours, do you feel pain, anxiety, frustration or suffer a panic attack? Do you have physical complications resulting from not using it?
12. Has anyone ever expressed concern with you about your engagement in this activity, either the frequency or the activity itself?
13. If there is an activity you struggle to regulate, do you feel pleasure or a sense of relief when you engaging in using it?
14. Do you feel like you need to hide the people who you usually engage in this activity with you from your family and friends and keep your lives separate?
15. Do you find yourself thinking about an activity, be it an stress-relieving activity or any kind of substance use regularly? Do you think about this activity at least one or more times a day?
16. Have you ever become frustrated due to something interfering with your plan to partake in an activity you engage in often?
17. Have you developed a health problem that seems to stem at least in part from this activity?
18. Do you avoid openly admitting to how often you use this substance/participate in this activity with friends and family because you don’t want people to know how much you do it?
19. Do you lie to other people about your activities or behaviors, which could indicate that you are ashamed of them?
20. If you’re running out of a substance or won't have access to a particular activity or you know you cannot engage in that activity for a few hours or days, do you get angry and frustrated?
21. Do you have trouble sleeping because you are thinking about the activity or substance?
22. Are you not taking care of your health the way you would like to, such as eating healthy meals, getting exercise, maintaining personal hygiene and getting sleep?
23. Do you ever ask anyone else to supply a substance for you because you are worried that someone will think you are buying too much or, perhaps, you cannot get more?
24. Are you facing financial difficulties as a result (at least in part) of your engagement in this activity? It could be due to missing rent or mortgage payments to ensure you have enough of the substance or engaging in gambling away your food money.
25. Do you ever take risks to get the substance or participate in an activity, even when you know you should not? Perhaps that includes driving on a suspended license or ducking out of work to get the relief you need?

It’s important to know that an addictive personality doesn’t mean you have a chemical dependency. However, if you’ve taken this quiz, you may already be worried about your behaviors. It may be time for you to talk to a professional about your concerns.

Results From Our Survey
Make sure you take our quiz first! We don’t want your honesty to be spoiled by seeing the results.

We asked a group of over 500 participants the same questions as shown above. The data below was also used to create the Results/Score graphics seen at the end of the quiz. The data below is based on the initial survey, not from completions of the survey on this page. Results from people like yourself filling out the quiz on this page are not displayed anywhere. What follows are the results from our 500 participant survey:

  • 11.58% fell into the 0-5 point group (lowest addictive personality group)
  • 11.58% fell into the 6-10 point group (slightly addictive personality group)
  • 24.58% fell into the 11-15 point group (moderate to high addictive personality group)
  • 24.11% fell into the 16-20 point group (very addictive personality group)
  • 28.37% fell into the 21-25 point group (extremely addictive personality group)

The results slanted much higher than we expected with our crowd-sourced survey. Our labels, like the rest of the test, is not a diagnosis, but simply a comparison to how test-takers performed in a group. The largest group, in fact, was the ‘extremely addicted’ label. Here are a few more stand-out statistics from the dataset we received:

  • 51.17% (our highest agreed upon question) admit that there is something they have committed to quitting, but keep coming back to (Q:1)
  • 32.43% agree that greater pleasure is tied to greater risk. (Q:25)
    • of those who agree, 78% of respondents have had a health concern related to the activity they struggle to regulate, up from 35% in the group as a whole. (Q:12)
  • 34.59% consider themselves risk takers (Q:22)
  • Our expected lowest-agreement questions (Q:6) about whether you have gotten into legal trouble related to the activity in question, still polled at 30% agreement.
    • Of those who had experienced legal trouble 90% of them also agreed greater pleasure is correlated to greater risk. (Q:25)
  • 40.5% of test takers have been told that a habit they have engaged in isn’t healthy. (Q:4)
  • 89.1% of people who lie about their behavior (Q:19) want to stop and acknowledge the problem with continuing. (Q:18)
  • The average test taker completed this quiz in just over 3 minutes.

Methods:

Using survey platform Mechanical Turk, we had over 500 unique users complete the same questionnaire shown above. The participants from this group were not in any way weighted or modified to correct for a standard demographic. No other information was gathered other than answers to questions. A select few results were removed from the initial dataset due to unrealistic completion time.

What Is an Addictive Personality?

As noted, addictive personality is not an official disorder, nor is it a type of addiction. However, a person who has an addictive personality may be more likely to use drugs or alcohol or engage in activities that are addictive, such as gambling.

Imagine a child who spends their time engaging in video games or other activities they find enjoyable. A person with an addictive personality may be unable to walk away from a video game after playing for several hours. They may spend a lot of time with that game, and it may become the only thing they think about doing.

By the time a person is a teen, and well into adulthood, it is possible that this type of addictive behavior can apply to other things. These could include prescription drugs, illegal drugs, alcohol, gambling, sex or many other activities. Where small doses of alcohol may be okay for most people, a person with an addictive personality may be more likely to drink too much or constantly.

What Are Some Traits of a Highly Addictive Personality?

The National Institute on Drug Abuse states that addiction is a chronic and relapsing disorder in which a person seeks out and uses a substance or engages in an activity despite understanding that this action will likely create a negative outcome. Some personality traits could indicate a person is more likely to become or are an addict.

  • They are impulsive and display impulsive behavior regardless of consequences.
  • They engage in compulsive behavior, often stating they cannot control their actions.
  • They experience grandiosity or feelings of superiority.
  • They have an inability to deal with anxiety or stressful situations in daily life.
  • They have trouble conforming to traditional rules and actions.
  • They have low self-esteem, although it may not look like this from the outside.
  • They are in denial.
  • They lack patience.

What Kind of Personality Traits Do Alcoholics Tend to Have?

While there are many ‘types’ of alcoholics, some secretive and high-functioning, others more boisterous and flagrant, there are some shared personality traits to look for. Some of these traits may only be exhibited when intoxicated or high, while other behaviors are shown in-between.

  • Arrogance
  • Aggressiveness
  • Narcissism
  • Secretive
  • Impatience
  • Short Temper
  • Sensitive
  • Defensive

FHE Health Can Offer the Support You Need Now

Hopefully, this quiz has helped you think more seriously about your self-control and things you’d like to change. If you’re concerned about how your personality has lead you into an addiction, contact our compassionate counselors at FHE Health to discuss your specific needs and to learn more about the treatment that may be best for you.

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