addictive personality

addictive personality

[ədik′tiv]
a personality marked by traits of compulsive and habitual use of a substance or practice in an attempt to cope with psychic pain engendered by conflict and anxiety.

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.

Addictive personality

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