Addictive personalities are blamed for many famous overdoses or drug abuse epidemics. But many scientists agree that the idea of an addictive personality is somewhat mythical, there aren’t specific personality traits that make up an addictive personality. For example, only 18% of addicts have personality disorders that involve lying, stealing, or manipulative behavior.1
Still, there are many personality traits associated with a higher risk of developing problems like addiction, alcoholism, or dual diagnosis disorders. These traits may be referred to as addictive personality traits, but an addictive personality is not a psychological diagnosis. Instead, each of these challenges may be diagnosed and treated on their own or together along with their influence on a person’s propensity for addiction.