1. “Come On, Just One!”
“The worst thing you can say is ‘Come on, just one!’ That was the sentence that took my aunt from sobriety back to dependency,” says Carry S. While a non-dependent person may be capable of stopping at just one, people with addictions often can’t. For people with alcohol dependency issues, “the executive decision making processes have been compromised beyond their ability to ‘just have one,'” says Brent Canode, the executive director of the Alano Club of Portland, who also serves on the Action Network Advisory Council for Facing Addiction. Comments like this show a lack of understanding and empathy about possible underlying issues, and can ultimately cause a painful and dangerous relapse.
Here are three personality traits that are associated with an increased addiction risk.