addictive personality

ad·dic·tive per·son·al·i·ty

(ă-diktiv pĕŕsŏn-ali-tē)
Collective term indicating use of substances or behaviors to moderate effects of anxiety or neurosis.
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Addictive personality

A concept that was formerly used to explain addiction as the result of pre-existing character defects in individuals.
Mentioned in: Addiction
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