How Drugs Change Your Personality

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Your Personality:

Your personality is what makes you, you. It’s an ever-changing mixture of your thoughts, emotions and behaviors. Your personality influences how you learn, remember, solve problems, perceive situations and judge. To a large extent, your personality reflects your motivation, mood and attitude toward the world and everyone in it.

The evolvement of your personality began when you were young and continues to evolve throughout your life. Your personality is your reflection to the world and it distinguishes you from everyone else.

Your Presence

We are universally attracted to certain types of people. Ever notice how everyone reacts when a child enters a room. By the child’s mere presence just about everyone becomes interested. In fact, everyone in the room becomes a little happier. Children do not have to make an effort to make this happen. It happens naturally. Unfortunately, as we get older and life exacts its toll, this sublime aspect of our personality dissipates. What’s more…with drug use that toll is much greater.

Personality Changes

Drugs adversely affect your personality because they adversely affect your motivation, mood and attitude. Over time, your personality grows darker and your presence reflects a person who is unhappy.

Why Does This Happen?

Your brain is designed to function without added chemical substances. When you consume drugs they alter the function of your brain. They inevitably change how you feel, how you think, and how you behave. There is hardly anything else you could do, short of a lesion to the brain, that would change your personality more. The evidence clearly indicates that drug abuse, alcohol abuse and prescription medication side effects are some of the more common causes of conspicuous personality change.

To make matters worse, many drug abusers need to consume their “drug of choice” every single day, and sometimes several times a day, just to feel normal. They are, for the most part, incapable of enjoying life unless they’re under the influence. The bottom line is that they act badly because they feel badly and now the only thing that brings them joy is their drug of choice.


Emotional unhealthiness

The relationship between substance abuse and emotion is emerging as one of the key factors in the development and maintenance of addiction. We know that emotional healthiness is an indicator of a person’s well being, and that emotional unhealthiness is an indicator of a person’s ill-being. We also know that those who abuse drugs often have emotional problems. Consequently, there is no such thing as an emotionally healthy drug abuser.


Addict Behavior

When a drug addict talks about their negative emotions or bizarre behaviors they tend to minimize these two issues. They view them as insignificant problems or humorous anomalies. They are, in fact, warning signs of a growing mental health problem.