The Dangers Of An Addictive Personality

Addictive personalities are classified as elements of one’s character that predisposes to substance abuse and behavioral compulsions. Traits of addictive personalities can put someone at risk for developing an addiction.

Defined By:

I’ll be the first to admit it, I have an addictive personality. I know for a fact that there are things that I would NEVER try, simply because I don’t know if I’ll be able to get out of it. An addictive personality doesn’t apply to just drugs or alcohol, it can be anything that’s used as a coping mechanism. Something used to escape reality for a quick minute. I’m here warning those who may already know that they have an addictive personality or those who may not and are testing the waters for the first time. BE CAREFUL! I won’t tell you not to experiment, especially those who are just going out into the world for the first time. What I will say is trust your instincts to let you know when something is not for you. Don’t let whatever your vice is rule your life and also recognize the signs and changes in your own behavior, they’ll let you know when enough is enough.

Knowing one’s own limits can save you a world of trouble. Sorry, but you can’t do what you see others do. When I went away to college I saw so many people using and abusing drugs just to deal with the anxiety and pressures that we felt. I’m talking straight Adderall, Zany’s, and binge drinking. Kids pulling all-nighters just to get work done. And please save me the time management speech, your life doesn’t pause just because you’re in school. You still have bills, a job, plus class, and class work and it can become quite overwhelming. It’s honestly sad that we even feel the need to abuse our bodies for a quick high or for an extra push. Understand that everything is not for everybody!!! Picking up this one thing for the first time can alter the course of the rest of your life.

This doesn’t just apply to college kids either. It’s for anyone who grew up watching the adults around us abusing substances. Gambling can be addictive and dangerous, especially if you’re constantly losing money. Anything can become addicting; exercise, eating, shopping, sex, etc. If done in excess, your “hobby” can turn into an addiction quick. But I would rather you be addicted to gardening than anything harmful. If you become easily agitated without those “hobbies” you are holding on to, it might be time to re-evaluate WHY you’re doing them. I’m talking from experience, please be careful and find healthier and more meaningful ways to deal with what life throws at us!


Thanks for sticking with me. The more I do this the easier it becomes. It’s like poetry. Speaking of, I might post some of my old poems that I wrote back in high school. Most were written from a place of pain that I no longer feel. This free, uninhibited version of myself is almost too much to take in all at once, but I love it!

Published by Mariah Eskridge

Hello I'm Mariah Eskridge and my goal is to encourage those who otherwise wouldn't have the support. I graduated from Illinois State University in May 2019 with a Bachelors Degree in Marketing and Accounting. I've been faced with plenty of situations that I would've loved having someone that I can relate to.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: