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5 Problematic Addictive Behaviors

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5 Problematic Addictive Behaviors

Many people don’t realize addictive behaviors are the result of deeper, underlying issues. To make matters worse, there’s a common misconception that when substance use ends, you successfully reach recovery. However, learning to cope with the problematic thought processes and behaviors that led to addiction is paramount to your sobriety. Therefore, it’s important to take a look at the 5 most problematic behaviors people with addiction suffer with. This may help you identify a problem.

Impulse Control and Addictive Behaviors

Impulse control is the ability to fight temptation and stop using. Many drug users struggle with this. As a result of long-term substance use, impulse control becomes more difficult the longer you neglect going to rehab. Without impulse control, a person doesn’t have a pause button between a trigger and their addictive behavior. However, in a quality drug rehab facility, you’ll learn positive coping methods for keeping this under control.


Often, people struggling with addiction lie. For example, you might not tell the truth about where you’re going, what you’re doing, or whether or not you’re using. Often, this behavior turns into guilt, which further motivates you to use.


While in the throes of addiction, people steal as well. This brings a lot of guilt, and many people take things from people they care about. They do so when they’re out of money and need to use again in order to avoid withdrawal symptoms. For example, they’ll typically steal things they can pawn or sell including:

  • Jewelry
  • Electronics and Technology
  • Tools and hardware


In a sense, manipulation includes lying. Otherwise, it’s often a form of self-seeking. When a person does something with the expectation of getting something in return, this is self-seeking behavior. It’s important to understand that people with addiction may be kind, generous, and self-sacrificing. Addiction negatively transforms us. This is why addiction treatment is absolutely necessary.


Many people with addiction obsess over obtaining drugs or alcohol as well. Once they get their mind set on something, focusing on anything else is difficult. This may lead to anxiety or irritability which often feeds addictive behavior.

Seeking Addiction Treatment

Red Oak Recovery® in Leicester, NC is a quality drug and alcohol treatment center which provides the necessary hope for recovery. Our treatment programs identify different addictive behaviors so you’ll learn healthy methods for preventing future relapse. We prioritize helping you assess the causes of your addiction and use clinical support to assist in recovery. Our methods and programs include:

  • 12-Step Addiction Recovery
  • Holistic Healing
  • Co Occurring Disorder Treatment

It’s never too late to get help. Break free from addiction by dialing 866.457.7590. Only you have the power to transform your life. Call now.