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Is There Such a Thing as Drug-Induced Stoicism?

Is There Such a Thing as Drug-Induced Stoicism?

Stoicism is a behavior or a quality that involves a lack of emotion

In its most simple form, stoicism is a behavior or a quality that involves a lack of emotion or lack of an emotional response to what happens around us, even after important events or difficult situations. In other words, it is emotional detachment. In some cases, drugs abuse can induce a certain type of emotional stoicism.

To understand how drugs and emotions are related, first we need to understand the way addictive drugs affect the brain and change brain processes while creating drug dependency.

Psychoactive Drugs and Emotions

When a person abuses a habit-inducing drug—cocaine, opioids, methamphetamines, etc.— and continues to do so for a period of time, physical and psychological dependency can develop. With some drugs dependency develops after just a few uses of the substance. When this happens, the brain and the body develop a constant need (or perceived need) to have the substance in the system in order to function normally. In a sense, the addiction becomes a necessity just like eating and sleeping.

Once he is dependent, the addict will feel compelled do everything he can to maintain his addiction, regardless of the consequences to himself and others. Thus, an addict is willing to sacrifice his personal relationships in order to use.

The addict might no longer see a need to have emotional attachments to family members or former friends as long as the abuse of the drug continues.  And since relationships and addiction are now in conflict, the feelings of others are no longer taken into consideration. The addict might even begin to ignore his own feelings, which can be described as drug-induced stoicism. Personality changes in addiction might include:

  • Indifference to the suffering of others
  • Disinterest in formerly enjoyed activities
  • Social isolation
  • Lack of conversation with others
  • Apathy

Offering addiction help can be difficult when the addict has little to no interest in getting well. He might even try to avoid the topic and completely deny the presence a problem at all. In these difficult cases, the help of professionals might be needed.

The help of a professional, licensed interventionist is useful when an addict is reluctant to accept help. The interventionist will evaluate the situation and will prepare the right form of intervention tailored to the specific needs of the addict and the family.

Helping Someone who has Detached Emotionally

We can help you find adequate intervention programs and family counseling 24 hours a day through our toll-free helpline. Give us a call and we will help you find services related to addiction recovery. We can even guide you on submitting insurance for addiction and finding the best values for treatment in a rehab center.