Are You Living With An Alcoholic Narcissist?

The Double Whammy: Dealing with an Addicted Narcissist

If you've stumbled upon this blog post, chances are you might have caught wind of my recent YouTube video discussing the tumultuous world of dealing with an addicted narcissist. Yep, you heard it right. It's like the perfect storm of personality traits that can make life feel like a rollercoaster ride through a hurricane.

Now, if you're new, let me introduce myself. I'm Amber Hollingsworth, a seasoned Master Addiction Counselor with over two decades of experience helping people struggling with addiction and their families navigate the treacherous waters of addiction. Buckle up, because today, we're diving deep into the murky waters where narcissism and addiction collide.

So, what's the deal with narcissism, you ask? Well, it's been a hot topic lately, and for good reason. Narcissistic abuse is no joke, and distinguishing whether you're dealing with a garden-variety addict or a full-blown narcissist (or perhaps both) can feel like trying to solve a Rubik's Cube blindfolded. Trust me, I've been there.

Here's the lowdown: all narcissists are addicts, but their drug of choice? Narcissistic supply. Picture this: they crave constant affirmation, validation, and attention like a thirsty camel in the desert. And just like any addict, they're never satisfied. It's a bottomless pit of "more, more, more."

Sure, some narcissists have mastered the art of getting their fix in seemingly productive ways – maybe they're climbing the corporate ladder or being the local hero in their community. But peel back the curtain, and you'll see the ugly truth lurking beneath the surface.

Living with a narcissist means witnessing the dark side of their insatiable hunger for attention. They'll stop at nothing to get their fix, consequences be damned. Now, toss in another addiction – alcohol, drugs, you name it – and you've got a recipe for disaster. As the addiction spirals out of control, so does their ability to function in the real world.

Missed deadlines, neglected responsibilities, and disappointed loved ones become par for the course. And when the well of positive affirmation starts to run dry, cue the fireworks. Gaslighting, manipulation, and all-out chaos become their weapons of choice in a desperate bid to maintain their fragile facade.

Even the most vulnerable narcissists, who thrive on playing the victim card, find themselves backed into a corner. With empathy and tolerance running on empty, it's a battleground out there. And trust me, you don't want to be caught in the crossfire.

Now, before you start seeing narcissists around every corner, let me set the record straight: not every addict is a narcissist. Sure, they might share some similarities, but there's a world of difference between the two. Understanding which beast you're dealing with is crucial – because while addiction can be treated, narcissism? Not so much.

So, if you're knee-deep in the trenches with an addicted narcissist, hang tight. I've got your back. Check out my other video where I break down the telltale signs and arm you with the knowledge you need to navigate this wild ride.

Remember, you're not alone in this journey.

Until next time, take care

Amber Hollingsworth

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