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    Old 05-04-2007, 02:49 PM   #1
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    Question What is the personality of a drug addict?

    Are all addicts similar? I don't know how else to put it........... Are there specific traits that go hand in hand with being an addict, eg, I know addicts lie as a means to an end. What other traits do they have? Is there often an underlying mental, emotional, personality problem also. Could a person with a personality disorder, make out they have a drug problem, eventhough they reckon they can take or leave the drugs, to cover up the true problem, (them being a psychopath/sociopath)?

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    Old 05-04-2007, 04:31 PM   #2
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    Re: What is the personality of a drug addict?

    An interesting question you pose...one which I'm sure there isn't a definitive answer to. But, I will tell you, for me, by nature, I am a control freak and quite the perfectionist. Not OCD, but certainly like to be very structured in my environment...schedule, etc. My favorite sport is golf. I'm very driven professionally. Successful life. My drug of choice was/is vicodin. When I took it, I felt I could accomplish so much...cleaned my house like a madwoman. However, it got out of control very quickly. My whole day revolved around the "pill" and it began to control me. I didn't like that feeling at all, but I felt helpless to it. My dr cut me off and I refused to dr hop, get them illegally, etc...and I was forced into cold turkey withdrawl. That was hard. But, the best thing that ever happened. Life without the drugs is so good...and so freeing. But, I know and am acutely aware that addiction is indeed a disease. Something I'll never get over. I'm sure people have all kinds of reasons for abusing drugs...but, a lot of us, never "intended" to go there...we just woke up and bam...we realize we are addicted. So, if you find the answer of how one person doesn't abuse and the other does, what is different about their make up, please pass it on...

     
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    Re: What is the personality of a drug addict?

    Are all addicts similar? I don't know how else to put it........... Are there specific traits that go hand in hand with being an addict, eg, I know addicts lie as a means to an end. What other traits do they have? Is there often an underlying mental, emotional, personality problem also. Desperately looking for answers

    Hi Isitme

    I don't think that there is enough science known to mankind to answer your questions. Smiles.

    Is there often an underlying mental, emotional, personality problem also Yes.

    Is there often an underlying mental, emotional, personality problem also
    Yes.

    Isitme, in my opinion, there are many, many personality traits that be the root of addictions. Just as there many, many reasons a person becomes addicted/dependent on various things. I think we can torment ourselves to death trying to understand the root of the problem before we have treated the symptoms of the problem. If we begin by treating the symptoms, the root of the problem becomes clearer and clearer for each of us in this situation.

    I can sure understand your desperation to find answers to your questions. I have experienced that same desperation. Sit back as calmly as you can and slow your mind down. Read lots and lots of threads on this Board and I think you will gain a lot of understanding. Many have gone before us who have overcome horrendous addictions and are happy and productive today. Find ways to calm yourself, then read and learn.

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    Old 05-04-2007, 06:01 PM   #4
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    Re: What is the personality of a drug addict?

    Underlying problems...i would think most addicts suffer from an underlying issue. Nobody sets out to be manipulative to be a liar to spend their every last penny on drugs. nobody wants their families to disown them nobody wants not a single person in the world to trust them, nobody wants to live that way. I think most have emotional issues, use drugs and than the addiction part develops. once you are addicted all those emotional problems in my opinion are going to get worse even as you are trying to get clean. even if you are clean it doesnt mean they are going to go away.

     
    Old 05-04-2007, 06:02 PM   #5
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    Re: What is the personality of a drug addict?

    Wait, before i offend anyone. i am not talking about people that get addicted to legit pain meds..

     
    Old 05-04-2007, 07:53 PM   #6
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    Re: What is the personality of a drug addict?

    Jules...quite honestly, there is no difference between the drugs of choice for addicts. I used to think people that were addicted to "the hard core stuff" eg heroin, crack, etc...were different than me. Truth be told, they aren't. My precious vicodin were RXd legitimately, but I was addicted...and used them inappropriately...no longer for pain. I have a different view of addiction than I used to...of course, now that I am an "addict" officially, perception indeed changes. An addict is an addict---no matter legal or illegal---no matter food, drugs, caffine, nicotine...addiction is addiction...and all quite real. I have found myself just substituting addictions since I got off vics...now, I'm wholeheartedly addicted to starbucks. Yes, I know it seems stupid, but it IS also a d^&*n addiction too! UGH. Legal, yes. But, still, a costly %$# addiction! LOL.

     
    Old 05-04-2007, 08:14 PM   #7
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    Re: What is the personality of a drug addict?

    augirl, i understand about addictions..i am learning day by day,, some of it is due to the drivers in the brain that are different than in a non-addict. and addictions are easily replaced by new ones. such as starbucks..but isnt that better than drugs?

     
    Old 05-04-2007, 09:29 PM   #8
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    Re: What is the personality of a drug addict?

    Well, certainly, having a starbucks addiction is much better than the little evil pills I was taking, but, I have the same issues with the starbucks...like, I HAVE to have one a day...I limit it to that...for a while, I was drinking 4 a day. One substitution for another...but at least this one is 1)legal and 2) socially acceptable...LOL. It is an addiction though...for real...for me anyway. Clearly not everyone that drinks starbucks finds them selves HAVING to have another one....the endless circle. I just wish I'd get addicted to exercise!!!!

     
    Old 05-05-2007, 07:49 AM   #9
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    Re: What is the personality of a drug addict?

    Well I think that "right brainers" tend to be more addictive by nature, especially artists. People who are impulsive, fun loving, and bored easily are going to be more likely to engage in something that's only good for the moment.

     
    Old 05-05-2007, 08:30 AM   #10
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    Re: What is the personality of a drug addict?

    I just had this conversation yesterday with my psy. and she said that most people who are addicts tend to have a chemical imbalance and when they add something to thier brain like drugs (legal/or not) it gives us a high that people who do not lack the chemical that causes them not to be depressed feel different from them. Not sure if the way I worded that makes sense or not.

     
    Old 05-05-2007, 09:18 AM   #11
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    Re: What is the personality of a drug addict?

    dodd, you are so correct..

     
    Old 05-05-2007, 08:48 PM   #12
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    Re: What is the personality of a drug addict?

    Personality of an addict--They are the kindest, down to earth, real people I have ever met. One of the best things about recovery is meeting other people in recovery. While you are working on staying clean you become real honest, bare your sole, sometimes share very difficult things happening in your life.. The bonds that can be made with someone, just like you, are truely amazing. I have met addicts from all walks of life, drs., teachers, lawyers, nurses, social workers, housewifes, moms, dads, grandmas and grandpas and when it came time for recovery everyone was exactly the same--a really great group of people wanting the same thing. I personally feel that addicts have some kind of special connection to one another and that is why they can help eachother so much. That is another reason that recovery is so much easier if you don't try and go it alone!!!

     
    Old 05-06-2007, 05:38 AM   #13
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    What is the personality of an addict?? That is a very good question. I can speak from experience, having been an active addict to hydrocodone and darvocet for more than 2 years following a botched spinal surgery.

    In the beginning, things appear rosy and wonderful. There is a sense of "I can conquer the woorld and accomplish anything" .. I was a very talkative and outgoing person...someone EVERYONE LOVED to be around....but this was not the real person inside. I had always been rather the shy introverted sort...you know, the one who sat in the corner with nothing to say at parties.

    Whilwetaking the drugs, I had a sense of power...a sense that everything was ok with the world. Don't get me wrong, I was never physically out of control, slurring words, acting "drunk"....in fact NO ONE would ever know I was using...they just saw a new me,,,one more in control and confident.

    That was for the first few months....then those sensations quickly wore off and the life of an addict became not one of being the life of the party with all the answers, but my life became a desperate struggle to obtain a level of "normalcy". I started to find myself taking pills at 4 am just to stave off withdrawals , so I could function as a human being and actually be able to go back to sleep.

    I found that, during the day...instead of having all this energy and having "all the answers to life's problems, I was having difficulty with the most simple of tasks. Concentrating and having enough strength to follow through on a work assignment became seriously difficult tasks. I found myself taking pills..not for my pain issues...but rather to emotionaly cope with life's daily trials and tribulations. It had gotten to the point where I actually considered quitting my $59,000 a year job this week (not rich by any standards...but making a decent living here in the South).....anyway, my addiction had so sapped my zest for life and the desire to "go on" that I seriously considered quitting my job and just walllow in what had now become an obssessed, compulsive pity party. Thoughts of suicide have actually crept into my minf at times...just to escape fom this nigtmare Life had become a ritual that revolved around when the next pill was coming. I still had enough of the "old me" inside that I would never resort to illegal means of obtaining drugs, such as scriot forging or doctor shopping....that was something I could just not bring myself to do. If I ran out of pills, I suffered through the agony of withdrawals, waiting desperately for the day when I could finally refill my prescription to continue this horrible merry-go-round of existence that was in acutality a living death.

    I have gotten to the point where ABSOLUTELY NOTHING brings me pleasure in life anymore. The pills themselves no longer provide "any kick".. I take them to TRY and bring my body to some semblence of Normalcy, so I can simply function. My home life has suffered. All my friends and family tell me that I am a different person. When I was drug-free , I was always the family clown,....the one that made everyone laugh...overall, I was the person people enjoyed being around. I had the terribly sad experience 3 days ago of being told by my partner of 9 years that he feels I am a different person and not one that he necessarily enjoys being around. He told me that of course he still loves me and that he is in no way leaving me... I think it is because he knows I am in the process of trying to get myself off this crap gradually so I can become once again the Lou that people used to adore.

    Even at my job, I have been told by my fellow managers that they see a different person. I am much more edgy, being very "snappy" with people. Those who know me would understand that THAT is [b]NOT/[b] my personality. I am a newly promoted store manager of a department store which gives me a whole new assortment of job-related stress issues and responsibilities. But it is the drugs that have taken away my natural in-born problem resolving abilities and left me a teary-eyed mess that actually picked up the phone yesterday to resign from my promoted position, asking for my old job back (which IS still open).

    That long-winded disertation having been related, I can say that I see A glimpse of a "proverbial light at the end of this looooooong drug induced tunnel. On May 18, I am taking 11 days off work (using vacation time I have save up) and am going through my own home detox. The only remaining narcotic I am still taking is the darvocet. I almost feel like a "lightweight" in the face of the hard core horrors that some of you on this board are facing with much more serious drug issues to overcome than "silly darvocet". My pain management doctor (who I no longer see), told me that would need no help at all coming off a 2 1/2 year darvocet habit (up to 10 pills a day). In fact, he told me I could stop cold turkey and, since darvocet is "such a weak narcotic", I will not feel any discomfort.

    Well, let me tell you, it might be my personal chemical make-up, but stopping darcocet cold turkey is just as bas physically AND EMOTIONALLY as when I stopped the hydrocodone> (66 days free from that one as of today...WOO HOO). I tried to do it cold turkey and keep working...remember i am a department store manager which is quite a physically demanding job. I got to day 3 ( haven't we heard this tale so many times on this forum!). I knew there was no way I could go cold turkey and work at the same time. I am fortunate enough that I am being allowed to take 11 days off, starting May 18, to get myself off this crap once and for all. I have just enough of the darvocet to get me through til the 18th, then it is a cold turkey withdrawal. I am hoping 11 days is enough.. I have heard that days 3-5 are the hardest, withg radual, but steady improvement there after.

    I am sorry that the original question, while addressed by myself, ended up in a long dissertation on my own sad and sordid take. I as for prayers in the coming weeks. I have outfitted myself with all the vitamins ad herbal remedies as recommended in the hone detox forun at the top of thid board.

    I wisw the very best to all of you out the in the same situaion I have been dealing with. Wish me luck that I can beat thid monsterandbevomethe drug-free life-loving person I was 2 hearrs ago.


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    Hey Lou, just thought I would let you know that you are in my prayers and be strong. God will help you if you let him.

     
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    Lou, I really respect the courage you have for taking it upon yourself to quit. I myself am scared to death to go cold turkey again. The nights are bad when coming off vicodin. I am now up to a 15-20 a day habbit, just having surgery last week. Ran out yesterday, but stepmom gave me some ultram today and will get refill tomorrow. i dont even know who Id be clean, it scares the hell out of me. I do not steal. I may stretch the truth as far as docters go. I was on work comp for 2 years, and they gave me all kinds of stuff. Looking foward to tomorrow, hopefully will make it through the night, lol.

    You will be in my prayers, and I wish you the best.

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