Have you noticed changes in the behavior of someone you love? Perhaps they seemed withdrawn, angry, distracted, or not themselves—you may suspect addiction is to blame.
Addiction is more common than many realize, whether it’s from alcohol, gambling, or drugs. Some of the most highly addictive drugs, such as opioids, can take hold of someone quickly.
You may be wondering about the personality traits of an addict, and how addiction can change someone. If so, keep reading to learn seven of the most common personality traits of someone with an addiction—plus, what you can do to help them.
Acting secretive is one of the most common behaviors of addicts. Many people try to hide their addictions, such as alcohol or drug use, from those close to them.
They may leave the room to make phone calls, sneak off from social events without a good reason as to why, or may withhold information about where they’ve been, where they’re going, or the people they are spending time with.
For some people, addiction is associated with shame, so they try to hide their behaviors so others don’t know what they’re doing. However, in reality, their secretive activities only raise more red flags for those who know them well.
Dishonesty and frequent telling of lies is often seen in those with an addictive personality.
The person may lie about where their money went or may ask you for money for reasons other than the truth. It can be very tough to see someone you care about start to become dishonest, especially if they are someone you’ve trusted for a long time.
Unfortunately, addiction can be so strong that the desire to keep the addiction alive overrides everything else. This often means stealing, being dishonest, or manipulating others to get what they want.
Have you noticed someone you love becoming increasingly impatient? Perhaps they are fidgety, anxious, and always in a hurry to leave and go somewhere else?
With some addictions, this can be due to physical side effects or withdrawal symptoms from a drug, and the person is in a hurry to continue using.
For someone who is dealing with alcohol addiction, making it through a sober event, such as a day at work, a child’s birthday, or even just running errands, is hard. They may want to leave early, frequently duck out to the bathroom or their car, or start to get angry when they have to stay for longer than expected.
If someone you know seems to be impatient, agitated, or angry, and you suspect it is due to addiction, you may want to learn more about substance abuse treatment programs.
Research has shown that those dealing with addiction often have lower self-esteem than those who aren’t. If someone feels they are worthless, not good enough, or are lacking in confidence, they can sometimes turn to drugs and alcohol as a coping mechanism.
Many addictive substances, like alcohol and opioids, are depressants. This means using these drugs can make someone feel even lower than they already were, which can become a vicious cycle.
Seeing someone feel hopeless, lose interest in work or hobbies, or seeming constantly unhappy can be tough, so try to talk to them and get them help.
When it comes to personality and substance addiction, many addicts are unpredictable. The impact of drug and alcohol use can cause extreme mood swings, new behavior patterns, and irrational actions.
An addict may be pleasant and happy one day, then extremely angry and difficult the next day, for no apparent reason. Or, depending on how often they use, coming down from the drug may mean they are constantly up and down throughout the day.
Being around someone with instability can be scary, as you never know how they will react and behave. Often, their unpredictable actions drive away family and friends, as no one likes to be around someone unpredictable.
One of the toughest parts of helping someone with an addiction can be that they are in denial and close-minded about their addiction.
An addict will frequently deny that they have a problem and will quickly shut down the conversation if you try to talk to them about it.
This can be incredibly frustrating for loved ones. Therefore, it is often better to work with trained professionals to help mediate challenging conversations. Helping families is an essential part of our model of care.
Often, addicts will have antisocial personalities. They may no longer show interest in things they used to love, such as socializing with friends, playing team sports, or going out to meals or the movies.
Instead, an addict may want to stay at home and turn away from their friends and hobbies, focusing only on their addiction.
If someone you know seems to seem disinterested in things they used to enjoy or if they are frequently canceling plans or not showing up at events, this may be a sign that something is wrong.
Do any of the above personality traits of an addict sound familiar?
If so, you may know the pain and stress that comes from loving someone with addiction. If you are ready to help someone you care about seek help, contact us today.
Oasis Recovery, based in Asheville, NC, offers a holistic approach to the recovery process, based around mindfulness. We are committed to helping individuals break the cycle of addiction and rebuilding families.
Please reach out today and our understanding, caring team can answer all of your questions and talk you through the process of getting started.
With the right care and support, you can overcome addiction and help your loved one get their life back.
We look forward to hearing from you and helping you and your family find a fresh start.