For hundreds of years, people who show no regard for the feelings or lives of others and seemingly do not care what effects their actions produce have been called psychopaths or sociopaths. Today, the condition from which these individuals suffer has been identified as antisocial personality disorder (ASPD), with recognizable symptoms and treatment options in place. Unfortunately, this disease can lie dormant for a long time, or manifest itself just mildly enough to avoid detection and confrontation, as ASPD patients are often exceptionally skilled at passive-aggressive behavior and cover-up. When drug abuse is joined with this disease, the damage on one’s mind can be extensive and permanent if no one intervenes.
Symptoms of Antisocial Personality Disorder
While many people in the world may be inconsiderate, ASPD patients have such an advanced case of this that they often recognize how they are hurting themselves and others; they simply have no emotions about the matter. The following is a list of ways to tell that the issue is deeper than basic rudeness:
- He sees others’ rights and needs as irrelevant
- He finds others’ suffering interesting or humorous
- He considers himself specially gifted to perform tasks beyond the ability, intelligence, or worthiness of average humans
- He charismatically wins people to his side when it suits him
- He enjoys displaying his knowledge, becoming suddenly fierce or sarcastic when his opinion is questioned or disproved
- He milks every relationship for personal gain, quickly forgetting others when he has no more use for them
- He does not hesitate to harm those in his way
- He cannot maintain any meaningful relationship for a substantial length of time, especially with one who sees through his façade and repeatedly calls his bluff
- He lies compulsively
Substance abuse often comes hand in hand with this disorder; not often enough to be an unquestionable symptom, but enough to warrant watching for its influence.
Vicodin Abuse and ASPD
Antisocial personality disorder usually stems from an imbalance of neural chemicals or a childhood trauma. Both cases create a submerged sense of extreme self-loathing. When left to itself, this condition employs the coping mechanisms of self-worship and disdain for others in an unconscious attempt to forestall further pain. When such is the case, the patient can usually ignore the resulting discomfort, but occasionally it grows too great to handle. Vicodin abuse is frequently a tempting alternative to this pain. Vicodin, an opioid painkiller notorious for its potency, is legally prescribed to relieve severe pain. When used recreationally (or in a form of self-medication, as with ASPD), it creates a dreamy euphoric state in which the user can relax and mute the condemning feelings that he is temporarily unable to suppress by normal means of willpower. Irregularities in his behavior that arise from his disorder are thus often mistakenly attributed to the emotional volatility and cravings that come from drug dependency. However, as with any drug, abusing Vicodin creates permanent brain damage by unbalancing the addict’s neural chemicals further, worsening the disorder as the addiction deepens. Without professional treatment, these co-occurring disorders will cause death.
Recovery Help for ASPD and Addiction
If you or your loved one suffers from the dual troubles of ASPD and addiction to Vicodin (or any other drug), please call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline for immediate help and reassurance. We are ready to guide you to the best treatment program for your situation and give you hope for your future. Face your fears – call us today.