Introversion Leading to Addiction
There are many paths to addiction and many psychological risk factors. Personality traits may present an increased risk of substance abuse and addiction. Individuals with extreme introversion, for instance, may be at a higher risk for addiction than others because they find that drugs or alcohol make social situations more tolerable or enjoyable.
Introversion and Addiction
What some people may consider to be introversion may, in fact, be a social anxiety disorder. Millions of people suffer from this condition and struggle to function in social situations. They will have a hard time making conversation, mingling or even just sitting in a room full of people. Because many of these social situations offer alcohol it can be very tempting to have a drink or two to take the edge off. This can lead to addiction very quickly.
Addiction is both a physical and psychological problem. Drugs and alcohol block physical and psychological pain signals in the brain. People struggling from severe anxiety may feel immediate relief from anxiety or other emotional disorders when they drink or use drugs. The brain will crave this relief in a way that is deeper and more powerful than conscious thought. There are many substances that present this risk for addiction in introverts and they are as follows:
- Cocaine or other stimulants
- Benzodiazepines (antidepressants)
- Narcotics (painkillers)
For some people it only takes one experience with these substances to become hooked.
Addiction Treatment for Introverts
The most effective addiction treatment programs diagnose any co-occurring psychological disorder, and then they develop a customized plan for addressing it alongside the addiction. This kind of comprehensive and treatment is not offered at every program, but the best ones use this approach to treat each patient holistically. These programs have a wide range of potential treatment options including the following:
- Specialized individual counseling
- Support group dynamics
- Spiritual care
- Medically supervised detox
- Preparation for life after rehab
- Introduction to healthy relaxation and anxiety-reducing exercises
With complete treatment many people with social anxiety disorder not only get free from their addictions, but they also learn how to be in crowds without panicking. Introverts can experience real and lasting freedom from their dependency and the psychological profile that encouraged it.
Addiction Help for Introverts
If you are struggling with social anxiety or extreme introversion and are afraid that it is leading you down the path of addiction, call our toll-free helpline any time; we are open 24 hours a day. Our specially trained counselors are standing by all day, every day to answer your questions and to connect you with the best treatment options for your exact needs. You can find freedom from addiction and the anxiety that fuels it. You have nothing to lose by calling.