Does this sound like anyone in the limelight ? Someone who is scrutinized every day ? Is it possible ? Does "he" have a chronic pain problem that he is prescribed pain killers? Kennedy took medication every day.
It is an answer to the strange and destuctive behavior exhibited by one such person. The addict lies. Yes, I am sure about this fact. Lies are easier than truth. An addict may seem excited and act more confident and exhibit a greater sense of well-being. Using any opiod or cocaine can cause
- Unusual excitement
- Poor judgment
- Disturbed sleep pattern
Common Behavior Traits of an Addict
1. They lie.
They have to tell lies to mislead people. The more they feel they need drugs, the more likely they are to feel the need to lie.
If a person’s behavior changes markedly and the explanations don’t really add up, you have to hold onto your own common sense. If what you’re being told doesn’t make sense, then there’s probably a very good reason – you’re being lied to. You might be able to check some of the stories. Most, you probably can’t. Gradually, his life descends into chaos, camouflaged by these lies.
2. They manipulate.
Unless they are also addicted, the family and close friends of an addicted person really want her to thrive and be happy. They try to encourage good decisions but the addicted person is on a destructive track.
“I have it under control.”
“I can stop any time I want.”
“You are just jealous because I can have fun and you can’t.”
“You never want me to enjoy myself.”
“It’s your fault I’m this way.”
“You don’t even try to understand how I feel.”
“You wouldn’t say that if you loved me.”
And many, many more examples of this type.
And perhaps the most awful type of manipulation occurs between a man and wife.
Unfortunately, this pattern of manipulation all too often goes on for months or years without there being any change in behavior.
The sad truth is that while a person is addicted, the promises can’t be believed. They are just more manipulation.
3. They are very likely to be engaged in criminal acts.
This isn’t true of every addict, but it is a typical pattern for a person who has been addicted for a considerable time. They owe money. There are no more assets but the drugs or alcohol have to be obtained.
At this point, many people will begin committing crimes.
Of course, there is driving while drunk or high. Also, some drugs change a person’s personality to make him more paranoid or aggressive which can result in assault or violence.
4. An addict will shift the blame.
Irresponsibility is the name of the game for an addict. Whereas this person may have lived their prior life as a highly responsible individual, drug addiction steals that quality away. Whatever happens is never his fault. If he the addict feels unfairly targeted. No responsibility, it was totally someone else’s fault. If he fails at some activity, someone will be blamed.
What really has to happen is that he must be rehabilitated to the point of having more power than the drugs.
5. An addict is very likely to become abusive.
It’s tragic that an addict’s blame can even take a violent and abusive form. With the delusional thinking common to most addicts, he can perceive those around him as being threatening, dangerous or malicious. As he shifts the blame, he may physically, mentally or emotionally attack those he blames.
The spouse of an addict very often bears the brunt of both the blame and the abuse. It’s hard to do anything right. He or she is not supportive. Mental and emotional abuse may be directed at the spouse to completely shut down any ability to effectively fight the real problem – the addiction. It’s very common for spouses and significant others to be browbeaten into submission, often for years.
Of course, physical violence is a very real possibility, especially toward spouses, children, elderly parents – particularly those people who can’t fight back.
I just wonder if Presidents are drug tested ?