Can Drugs Change Your Personality?

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Your personality is what makes you, you. It’s an ever-changing mixture of thoughts, emotions and behaviors. 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 born and continues to evolve throughout your life. It’s your reflection to the world and it distinguishes you from everyone else.


Personality Changes

Substance abuse results in changes to your dopamine system, which changes your reward and cognitive functions. The results of which are lack of attention and motivation, loss of inhibitory control, poor planning and decision-making, and below average learning and memory. We also know that drug users tend to avoid friends and family, and many shy away from making new relationships. The evidence clearly indicates that drug related personality change is most affected by duration-of-drug-use. In other words, drug related personality change occurs over time.


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. 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 rarely such a thing as an emotionally healthy drug abuser.


Addict Behavior

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