It's often said that those who have so-called addictive personalities can easily become addicted to drugs. Thus, it's important to identify if you fit into this category so that you can act accordingly — namely, to never even try drugs once, given the high probability that you'll get hooked. One sign of having an addictive personality is that you're addicted to risky behavior. On its own, this form of addiction can be dangerous, given that you may consistently be putting your safety at risk. Like other addictions, risky behavior is possible to correct through treatment. Here are some examples of risky behavior.
Speeding can be risky, but many motorists speed moderately — driving 60 miles per hour when the speed limit is 55 miles per hour is technically risky, but only to a small degree. Those who are addicted to risky behavior will often travel considerably faster than the speed limit, and may also drive aggressively. For example, you might street race with other motorists in fast cars, weave your way through traffic, and even drive without your seat belt on.
Trying Hazardous Activities
People who are addictive to risky behavior may have hobbies that are extremely dangerous. For example, you might be someone who enjoys climbing high structures without the use of safety gear. Or, you might enjoy exploring abandoned buildings that are dangerous due to unsafe conditions that could cause you to fall through the floor and sustain a serious injury. Although it's easy to view activities such as skydiving and bungee jumping as hazardous, it's important to remember that these activities are safe when you do them correctly. A graver concern in unsanctioned activities that are hazardous to your health.
Breaking The Law
Some people who seek risky behavior will break the law just for the thrill. On its own, these activities can be detrimental because they could result in a criminal record and possibly even a prison sentence. For example, you might shoplift or even rob people or businesses just for the thrill of doing so. Or, you might run out of a restaurant without paying, sneak onto public transportation without a ticket, or perform other similar activities. While some things of this nature can be common for some teenagers, they should be less common as you grow up. If you're noticing that risky behavior is prevalent in your life, it may be time to seek treatment.
For more information, contact your local individual addiction treatment center today.