I used to be a VERY addictive person when it came to guys. If i knew a guy liked me I pretty much became obsessed with him until it would get to a point where I turned him liking me into him becoming completely turned off by my clinginess and I would of course push EVERY guy away from me due to this. The way I got over this addiction was by taking a step back and realizing that I had a fear of people in my life up and leaving me. I became obsessive and addictive because I believed that If I held on as hard as I could they can't leave.. but in the end well they always did. A light bulb went off in my head when I finally realized how much this fear consumed my life and I said to myself. "things have got to change" :) so for me it was realization and the will and motivation to change my thinking that led me to where I am today.. as happy as a clam.. lol :) now i don't know what kind of addiction we are talking about here but I really hope I have helped.
Unfortunatly since addictive personality disorder isnt exactly realized as a "real" disorder yet theres not much information on it and how to handle it. The most commen things would be meetings and support. However, ive found that it doesnt really go away, you just choose a lesser or evils to be addicted to instead. Which is why you see many people go from using dr.ugs to smoking, drinking coffee, drinking sodas, etc. Mine seemed to switch from using illegal substances to coca cola and lollipops. I get irate if i dont have either.
I'm still sticking to there is no such thing. And as for the side effects, there's no such thing as a side effect to a personality disorder (if it was a personality disorder). There is simply maladaptive behavior as a result of the maladaptive personality. So you work on modifying the behaviors. Preferably with a therapist.
Well u have one of my addictive traits, I thought I was reading something I wrot when I read wat u wrote, I have others to, like o.c.d. to go along with it so that doesn't make it any better