Is There a Link Between Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) and Addiction?

Family members or loved ones who display narcissistic traits are often unnoticeable to people, except there may be something ‘not quite right’ about them. One hallmark is they perceive reality differently than others, and so nothing that others think is true or right is true or right for them. They will never see things the same way, but there may be a way to support them if they are struggling with NPD and addiction.

Signs and Symptoms of NPD

NPD is not an easy thing to diagnose. It is a mental disorder in a class of personality disorders where the person is covering up insecurities with fantasies about their importance. Their life revolves around making fantasy a reality. NPD is more than selfishness. People with NPD believe their version of reality is right and don’t think about others. This comes in the form of:

  • Needing praise and attention
  • Arrogance
  • Self-centeredness about the world and how it operates (grandiosity)
  • Manipulative to get what they want
  • Jealousy of others
  • Belittles others
  • Sense of entitlement to get favored treatment

Being in a relationship with a narcissist is hard. You are expected to make them central to your life and provide the attention they need. They ignore your needs and think about themselves. They are defensive and angry when people want a reality check. The fantasy is what they want, not reality.

Substance Abuse

People with NPD usually don’t fit well into normal society, so their views differ from others and they become isolated. They are not able to make friends or keep relationships that are meaningful. This can cause a person with NPD to feel like an outcast and leads to substance abuse. Mental health and substance abuse issues usually go together, so when a person struggles with this, they may self-medicate to make it easier to cope. Denial is hard to break because they don’t see a problem. However, getting them into treatment is the best place for them to address the root causes of addiction and try to help them navigate it in a way that is healthy and holistic.

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