Common Behavior Traits of an Addict

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

 

Mental state:

  • Euphoria
  • Overconfidence
  • Unusual excitement
  • Aggressiveness
  • Paranoia
  • 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 ?

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Comments (8)

  1. magnocrat

    Don’t worry if Presidents were drug tested they would come out as clean as a whistle and if they had any doubts they would cry ’ fake news’.

    March 12, 2017
    1. belladora

      So very true. Kennedy did drugs every day. It’s something to think about when someone does something irrational.

      March 12, 2017
      1. Munkyman

        Did drugs every day & was still one of the best Presidents ever.

        March 12, 2017
  2. magnocrat

    It depends on your definition of a drug. Is alcohol a drug in my early years you would get a very odd look if you said it was. Are sleeping tablets ? some are certainly addictive. Asprin perhaps if over indulged. Its like all blanket statements , black and white changes to shades of grey.
    What about addictive behaviors like nursing mobile phones , hours on social media.

    March 12, 2017
    1. belladora

      I was specific in my post; Cocaine or Opiates. I understand where you are coming from. Addiction can be a woman or anything.

      March 13, 2017
  3. noahbody

    Hmmmm…..

    March 13, 2017
  4. magnocrat

    Yes poor Bill Clinton but we all know there are forces at work in us that are sometimes beyond our control. In a sense the reins of power should never be in the hands of one fallible man or woman and knowledge of our own weakness should make us view the weakness of others with compassion.

    March 13, 2017
  5. fatpooper

    Never been an addict, so I can’t vouch for which you have outlined

    March 20, 2017