Heroin Addict Personality Traits

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Can heroin change your personality?

There are three primary elements to heroin related personality change; (1) were either of the heroin addict’s parents an addict, (2) the type of behavior used to acquire heroin, and (3) the physical and mental effects from using heroin.

Personality traits

The evidence indicates specific personality traits common to many heroin addicts. These characteristics differ from person to person, but in general, they score very high on Neuroticism, especially Vulnerability to Stress. They also score very low on Conscientiousness, particularly Competence, Achievement-Striving, and Deliberation.



The evidence shows that heroin addiction is both a positive and negative reinforced behavior. Heroin use produces pleasure. It also produces pain, but only if the addict runs out of heroin and develops heroin withdrawal. It is the fear of heroin withdrawal, coupled with the memory of pleasure that creates heroin cravings. These cravings result in a tenacious drive to find heroin, a compulsive desire to use heroin, and an inability to control intake. Furthermore, whenever a heroin addict is deprived of heroin he or she slips into a “negative emotional state” that is unique to opioid addicts.


  • Tenacious seeking of heroin
  • Compulsive use of heroin
  • Inability to control intake of heroin
  • The emergence of a negative emotional state whenever deprived of heroin



If you’re among heroin addicts for any substantial length of time, you’ll notice that many heroin addicts are criminals. Some are murderers, and others shoplifters. We know that about 95% of heroin addicts admit to some degree of criminality. The interesting thing about criminality is that it often leads to fear, paranoia, anger, arguments and violence.



Heroin addicts are, for the most part, unhappy, distrusting, introverted, and anti-social. They often exhibit various degrees of criminal behavior. Heck, they admit that much. To top it all off, many heroin addicts lose their sex drive altogether. Reduced libido is so prevalent among heroin addicts that it’s the common joke whenever heroin addicts socialize among one another, but it’s more prevalent among male heroin addicts.

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