It means that people in recovery get stressed easily. Those in recovery are typically more open-minded than the rest of society. Whether or not they want to admit it, many people in recovery rely heavily on others.
But as the addiction, like a malignant tumor, slowly and progressively expands and invades more and more of the healthy tissue of his life and mind and world, the addict begins to deny the truth to others as well as to himself.
He becomes a practiced and profligate liar in all matters related to the defense and preservation of his addiction, even though prior to the onset of his addictive illness, and often still in areas as yet untouched by the addiction, he may be scrupulously honest.
Addiction is often said to be a disease of denial à but it is also a disease of regret.
When the addictive process has lasted long enough and penetrated deeply enough into the life and mind of the addict, the empty space left by the losses caused by progressive, destructive addiction is filled up with regrets, if-onlys and could-have-beens.
Additionally, they seek people who can help them keep a positive attitude.
While co-dependency is common, people in active recovery shouldn’t give all of their focus to other people.
Lang of Florida State University, author of an addiction study prepared for the United States National Academy of Sciences, said, "If we can better identify the personality factors, they can help us devise better treatment and can open up new strategies to intervene and break the patterns of addiction." Experts describe the spectrum of behaviors designated as addictive in terms of five interrelated concepts which include: patterns, habits, compulsions, impulse control disorders, and physical addiction.
While there is debate over whether there is one “addictive personality,” there seem to be people who are particularly vulnerable to develop an addiction to certain substances or behaviors.
It’s a very real issue, yet many haven’t even heard of it — or understand it.