Drugs abuse can have a powerful effect on anyone that becomes trapped in the cycle of addiction. Drugs can cause chemical and even structural changes in the brain as someone becomes physically dependent on a substance to function. With numerous negative health effects and emotional problems associated with drug abuse, it is common for a person's behavior to change dramatically as well.
Family members and friends of addicts are often confused and frightened by the changes that they see in their loved one. Addiction can make someone's personality change in so many ways that they are no longer the same person they once were.
The power of addiction is so strong that they are overwhelmed and controlled by drugs in every way. Their need for drugs dictates all their actions and makes them behave in ways that they never have before. Only with treatment can a person regain control of their own decisions and power over their own behavior.
Lying and Deception in Addicts
Taking drugs initially is a voluntary act but with continued use, self-control becomes seriously impaired. Drugs cause physical changes in the brain in areas that are critical to judgment, decision-making, learning and memory and behavior control.
These changes alter the way the brain works and help to explain some of the compulsive destructive behaviors that are associated with addiction. Their actions become centered on continuing their drug abuse no matter what the consequences may be.
One of the most common behavioral changes seen in drug abusers is the tendency to lie and cover up the truth with excuses. Even a previously honest and genuine person can become a compulsive liar once they begin abusing drugs.
They feel the need to mislead people about where they have been and what they are doing because they do not want to reveal the extent of their substance abuse. It can be difficult for loved ones to see through the lies of someone they have trusted for years who has suddenly become skilled at deception.
Harmful and Illegal Behavior
Once someone becomes addicted to drugs, they can quickly grow into a more manipulative person. When they get desperate to use again they will find any means possible to keep using drugs.
They can use the people they love to get what they want and control everyone around them so that no one can stop them from their addictive behavior. They might use someone's love for them to their own advantage and borrow money frequently to buy drugs.
Addicts can also begin to break the law and get involved in criminal acts when their drug abuse gets very severe. Not all addicts are involved in crime but in some cases even previously responsible and reliable people can get desperate when they run out of money.
They could begin selling drugs illegally, stealing or shoplifting because their financial situation is so dire. Drug addicts even begin stealing from close friends and family members in order to support their habit.
Addicts have a tendency to shift the blame as they try to keep themselves in denial and avoid being responsible for their actions. They may have a more negative attitude to the people around them and even become abusive in verbal or physical ways.
They may be delusional and perceive other people to be threatening or malicious. When an addict's behavior becomes harmful to themselves and to others they need to seek professional treatment for their problem.
Rehabilitation can help addicts recover their natural personality and shed the actions and behavior of their addicted self. Recovery can help people regain the trust of their friends and family members that have been hurt by the behavioral changes that drug abuse has caused.