How to act when addictions multiply

How to act when addictions multiply

We tend to think that, in matters of addictions, we must directly attack the problem, ignoring that Any disorder is derived from a number of causes.

So, Addicts usually move from one addiction to another (or simultaneously) without realizing that everything has a common origin. In fact, there is no addict who has only one addiction.


  • 1 Addictive personality
  • 2 Online bets, “fashionable” addiction
  • 3 Traits of people with multiple addictions

Addictive personality

We all have in our environment someone who we consider obsessive with any topic that interests you and who, in the worst case, often has addictions. Have you ever wondered why there are people who follow this trend?

And is that really there are no addictions, but addicts. This occurs because we all have different characteristics in our personality. Among them, there are some that lead directly to these types of attitudes such as:

  • Impulsivity and impatience.
  • Inability to self control.
  • Little self esteem.
  • Low tolerance to frustration.

Therefore, anyone who gathers this type of behavior can easily fall into some type of addiction or dependence such as alcohol, drugs, play ... even becoming complementary to each other. Thus, addictions are presented in many ways and ways, since the addict has to look for something to “anesthetize” from reality and it will be achieved progressively, since no one becomes addicted overnight .

Online bets, “fashionable” addiction

In this regard, a new trend that is currently being installed is especially significant (especially among teenagers, since the brain in these ages is more susceptible to addictions) as is that of online games and betting. The ease of use together with the multiple marketing tactics that use this kind of favorable services that subjects with this type of personality fall easily.

The American Psychiatric Association, in its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (2014), was the one that introduced the gambling disorder among the catalog of addictions, which "led to the recognition of so-called addictive behaviors" in which the video game addiction.

And it is just as dangerous addictions to substances as to certain activities. In fact, it is sometimes more complex to notice them, as well as to establish limits to avoid them.

The evasion that produces this type of behaviors usually enters the addict in a world from which he can try to go out in innumerable occasions and nevertheless, he is not able to do it and even, he usually falls with more force for the own frustration that it entails. It usually has to reach a time limit for the addict to become aware of the situation he is in. However, these relapses are part of the rehabilitation process, so it does not imply that they should be abandoned because they occur.

And it is that the problem, in most cases, is not established by the object that causes the addiction but by the relationship we establish with it. Therefore, there are no easy or difficult addictions, but overcoming them always entails enormous difficulty, although it is not impossible.

Traits of people with multiple addictions

As we mentioned earlier, there are certain common characteristics in this type of people that we explain below:

Impulsiveness: lack of stability and / or constant need for new experiences are usually motivated by it.

Lack of concentration and inability to set objectives and goals: We are all experts in procrastinating but these types of people stand out especially for starting many new activities, but not maintaining any time, since they seek immediate gratification. They give up easily.

Anxiety and stress: By not having many emotional resources at their disposal, they do not usually express their emotions and when they cannot do more, they explode. They destabilize continuously before any setback.

Soledad (both chosen and imposed): They find it difficult to interact with other people and when it happens, they look for some pretext to get away.

Self-esteem issues: Unable to communicate properly or with themselves, behavioral changes occur frequently. Inability to understand their emotions and those transmitted by others.

In short, when you have a personality of this kind there is great insecurity and a huge fear of failure.

If you find yourself in a situation of this type, the tools to be used in this type of behavior are:

  • Take things easy.
  • Reflect before acting and build an emotional intelligence that allows you to face any type of situation.
  • Finally, if you do not feel able to do it alone, it is convenient that you ask for help from professionals.

In short, it is not only about fighting addiction when it has reached our lives, but about using all the mechanisms that are within our reach to have a balanced mental health and prevent such harmful behaviors from occurring.