The behavior of an addicted person is bewildering, frustrating, frightening and sad. The actions are odd, inconsistent and abusive. They act this way not because they want to, but because the addiction causes chemical changes in their brains which affects their behavior.
There are some most common behavioral traits of addicted persons. This list may help you realize that the reason behind one’s odd behavior is an addiction:
They lie. Addicts are masters of concealing the truth about their actions. They lie. They tell lies about where they are and what they are doing when in reality they are out there looking to get some drugs. Addiction forces them to do things that they are not proud of, but facing the truth becomes so painful that they construct an alternate reality where they find their behavior acceptable.
They keep denying. This is a common defense mechanism; the addicts refuse to acknowledge what is happening in their lives. They avoid facing the bitter reality. If friends or family members are trying to convince them that they need help, their answers will be something like: “I have it under control”, or “I can stop anytime I want”.
They manipulate. Drugs turn a person who was loving and caring into someone who manipulates to keep using drugs. Their need of the drug is so strong that it forces them to abuse the trust and care, especially from the ones who love them the most. When caught using drugs, they will promise to do better, to stop taking drugs and to start living a decent, healthy life. Unfortunately, these are just words. The sad truth is, while a person is addicted the promises can’t be believed.
They always blame others. Addicts often blame everyone but themselves. Whatever happens is never their fault. Whereas these persons may have lived their prior lives as highly responsible individuals, drug addiction steals that quality. Only a few people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol can continue to function at a job or in their families fully.
Mood swings. They are constantly up and down. As addictive drugs work on the brain’s pleasure centers, addicts feel a boost of euphoria each time they take drugs. Addictions damage the portions of the brain that deal with reward and pleasure. Without drugs, they are unable to find any pleasure or happiness. As a result, people with addictions end up swinging back and forth between periods of depression and joy.
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