Drug Addiction

How Addiction Changes Your Personality

March 13th, 2018

If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse, we are here to help. Reach out to Mountainside by calling 888 833 4676.


Drugs and alcohol significantly alter an individual's personality by flooding the brain with dopamine. Once the high wears off, the individual is left feeling anxious and depressed, craving the high once again. The brain begins to prioritize the need for drugs and alcohol over everything else, leading to a change in personality. 

To maintain their addiction, individuals often lie and keep secrets from their loved ones. They can become selfish and manipulative, often destroying relationships. 

Impulsivity and reckless behavior are incredibly common and can lead to criminal charges. 

Those in active addiction often become forgetful, unmotivated, and fatigued. This causes them to neglect responsibilities and miss out on important events in their lives. They have a low tolerance for stress and experience frequent mood swings, which can lead to abusive and high-risk behaviors. 

All of these behaviors can lead to: impaired relationships, poor school or work performance, and poor physical and mental health. 

If you or someone you know has a problem, we are here to help. Reach out to Mountainside by calling 888 833 4676.

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