Are You Psychologically Predisposed to Addiction?

Are You Psychologically Predisposed to Addiction?

We now understand that certain people are predisposed to addiction based on genetic and lifestyle factors. By understanding how this affects people, we can stop addiction from happening in the first place or explore new treatments. In this blog, we will look at what makes someone predisposed to addiction and how you might overcome that. 

If you need a safe space to stay sober, our sober living environment at The Sanctuary Recovery Foundation may be right for you. Contact us and learn how we can help.

Understanding Psychological Predisposition


A psychological predisposition is when people have certain brain makeups and personalities that make them more likely to fall victim to addiction. The biopsychological model of addiction brings together the biological, physical, and social factors that all lead to substance abuse. This framework gives us a thorough understanding of how all of these things can work together to make some people more vulnerable than others and, therefore, can help us with new ways of keeping people safe from addiction. 

Psychological Traits Associated with Addiction

Addiction is rather complicated, and just having certain traits does not mean that you will become an addict; however, it does make it more likely. In fact, anyone can become an addict regardless of where they come from or their background. There is no single addictive personality, as personality is far more complicated than but here are some common themes that people with an addiction might find in their makeup: 

  • Impulsivity: Being impulsive can cause us to act without thinking, so we don’t analyze the consequences that may occur. People with this problem are more likely to use too many substances or dangerous ones. 
  • Neurosis/Anxiety: People who have a high level of neuroticism or anxiety may turn to addictive substances or behaviors as a coping mechanism.
  • Sensation Seeking: Those who crave intense experiences and excitement may be drawn to addictive behaviors that provide a temporary thrill.
  • Nonconformity: People who see themselves as different from their peers might be more likely to experiment with drugs or engage in risky activities in order to rebel.
  • Difficulty with Self-Regulation: Addiction can be a way of self-medicating for underlying emotional issues. People who struggle with self-regulation may have difficulty managing stress, boredom, or difficult emotions in healthy ways.
  • Mental Health: People with pre-existing mental health conditions are more likely to turn to substances in order to make them feel more regulated with their condition. However, this can spiral. 

These are just some of many factors, but if you find you have most, it’s best to be wary of substance use in general. 

Identifying Risks and Interventions

If you recognize some of these traits and feel you are vulnerable to addiction, there are some things you can do to lessen the risks. 

1. Self-Assessment:

  • Reflect on the traits mentioned: Take a look at the list of traits, and if you find that many apply to you, it’s important you understand how it is affecting your behaviors. 
  • Think about your substance use: Be honest with yourself. Are you using substances inappropriately? Do you crave them?
  • Identify your triggers: Are there triggers in your everyday life that can also contribute to drug use?

If so, here are some things you might try: 

2. Exploring Interventions:

  • Develop healthy coping mechanisms: If you identified triggers or situations you struggle with, brainstorm healthy ways to manage those challenges. This could include exercise, relaxation techniques, spending time with supportive people, or creative outlets.
  • Seek professional help: If you’re worried about your substance use or mental health, talking to a therapist or counselor could really help you. They can provide support, guidance, and develop a personalized plan to address your needs.
  • Support groups: Connecting with others who understand addiction struggles is great for overcoming any problems you could have with them and gives you more insight into what addiction looks like. A sober living facility is just one way to do this. 

Remove The Risks Today

By looking at your risks, you can take some steps to help yourself, but it all starts with being honest. If you think you might already have a substance abuse problem, a sober living house where you can find support and be free from temptation may work for you. Taking control of your life and addiction is important for your health and well-being. Reach out to Sanctuary Foundation today to see how we can help you through this journey of sobriety.