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Do substance abuse patients usually share any common traits?

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Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Persons with addictions have unique personalities just like people without, so without out giving specific labels, i would say that people with addictions lack coping skills to deal with feelings and emotions, to regulate them in a healthy way.
Vicious cycle, the worse the addiction less able to regulate feelings, less able to regulate feelings need to use more to numb them out.

In brief: Yes

Persons with addictions have unique personalities just like people without, so without out giving specific labels, i would say that people with addictions lack coping skills to deal with feelings and emotions, to regulate them in a healthy way.
Vicious cycle, the worse the addiction less able to regulate feelings, less able to regulate feelings need to use more to numb them out.
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Dr. Jeff Blixt
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry

In brief: Traits

Addictive traits with thrill seeking.

In brief: Traits

Addictive traits with thrill seeking.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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