Being with an addict, whether they’re family members or domestic partners, can be baffling, confusing, frustrating, frightening, and saddening. It can also be a whole lot of lonely as your’e left alone trying to understand why they are the way that they are.
For those who are in active addiction, the power of the addictive substances can be so overpowering that they just override the addict. If you know someone who is addicted, know that you are not alone. The following can help you make sense of what is happening and come up with the right decisions, especially when it comes to making them get the professional help that they need.
5 Common Behavioral Traits of an Addict
- They lie. They can lie even when they’re looking you straight in the eye. That’s why you may have no idea what’s coming to you. Remember, the more that they feel the need for drugs, the more that they need to lie. Sadly, it’s not to shield you from the ugly truth, but more to protect their addiction.
- They’re good manipulators. Addiction can change a person from someone so loving and caring to someone who would do anything just to get their way–and most of the time, it’s towards their next fix. There goes the promises, the sweet talking, and everything that you need to hear just so you would not stop them from the destructive path they’re on.
- They may engage in something bad or illegal. Getting into criminal acts is a typical pattern for a person who has been in active addiction for a long time. In order to support their addiction, they would lie, cheat, and steal for money. They may also get involved in peddling drugs themselves just to support their habit.
- They will never accept blame. Addicts will do all sorts of things, but will never accept the consequences. While they may be responsible in the past, addiction can change them in ways that can often be irreparable. They will not be accountable for their own actions and will even shift it to other people, often those who care for them.
- They can be abusive. Whether it’s verbal, financial, mental or physical, all the manipulation, lies, and blame-tossing can leave the people close to them at their wits’ end. For the addict, nothing is more important than getting high, and will not think it beneath them to hurt other people. In fact, this is a tactic that they would easily resort to.
There is hope
If you’re a family or spouse of an addict, a co-dependent, know that there is hope. Seek help for yourself and know that you can never control or change an addict. However, you can help them find the help they definitely need.
You may call us at Bridges of Hope: 09175098826.