How Hydrocodone Abuse Can Mask Antisocial Personality Disorder

How Hydrocodone Abuse Can Mask Antisocial Personality Disorder

Hydrocodone is used to alleviate moderate to severe pain and commonly offers an initial euphoria to the user. People with antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) may find the euphoria and feelings of escape provided by the drug more alluring than the general population. Individuals with ASPD are gifted presenting a well-practiced facade of normal behavior. They are able to do the following to obtain prescription drugs:

  • Express charm and politeness
  • Mimic normal social behavior
  • Discreetly manipulate the situation
  • Lie to offer a convincing case of physical pain

The behaviors and abilities of individuals with ASPD make it difficult for professionals to initially suspect either addiction or the disorder.

Behavioral Effects of Hydrocodone Addiction and Antisocial Personality Disorder

Additional behaviors of a person with ASPD are similar to those of a person abusing hydrocodone. These include the following:

  • Avoiding family and friends
  • Lying
  • Stealing
  • Increased agitation
  • Depression
  • Sudden changes in mood
  • Increased irritability
  • Shunning duties and personal responsibilities
  • Withdrawing from previous social groups

Due to these common symptoms professionals have difficulty properly diagnosing an addicted person with ASPD. The symptoms must be carefully examined by professionals in both the mental health and addiction recovery fields. Dual Diagnosis care becomes necessary, as this form of treatment addresses the individual as a whole and offers a team of mental health professionals that can identify and treat all aspects of addiction and ASPD.

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