How Cocaine Abuse Can Mask Antisocial Personality Disorder

Many people use the word “sociopath” as a derogatory label for anyone who acts inconsiderately. However, when considered in its true application, the term refers to a person who suffers from a very dangerous mental disorder clinically known as antisocial personality disorder (ASPD).

Signs of ASPD

The symptoms of ASPD include the following issues:

  • Cruelty to animals and other people which begins at an early age
  • Unresponsiveness to constructive correction
  • Lack of concern for authority figures or for minding rules
  • Disregard for the safety of herself and others
  • Absence of guilt for lying to or harming others
  • Extreme proclivity to rage and violence
  • Command of an arrogant charm that quickly gains and alienates admirers
  • Inability to remain in a stable relationship or long-term work environment

Persons with this disorder are also highly likely to abuse addictive substances, such as cocaine. Combining drug abuse with such a devastating personality disorder can cause irreparable harm to any patient.

How Cocaine Abuse Affects ASPD

The problem with cocaine abuse for those with ASPD is that many symptoms of the two disorders are similar, which enables patients to mask one or both of their problems. The following are some psychological symptoms of cocaine addiction which mirror those of ASPD:

  • Forming new relationships in which the addict seems extremely invested, only to reveal later that he was only interested in maintaining his cocaine supply
  • Not caring when the victim of such a one-sided relationship is hurt emotionally, financially, physically and etc.
  • Living transiently in both a physical and emotional sense to stall the consequences of the addiction
  • Putting off personal inquiries and becoming angry at what he perceives as prying into his life
  • Denying that there is anything wrong with him

When abused, cocaine tends to aggravate and deepen any existing mental condition, which in turn creates a need for more of the drug. Thus, the addict is simultaneously digging both pits deeper the longer she stays in them: cocaine use exacerbates ASPD, and ASPD encourages cocaine abuse.

Helping a Cocaine Addict with ASPD

The difficulty of getting an ASPD patient to enter treatment is incredible, especially when the illness is further complicated by substance abuse. If this description fits your loved one, we invite you to call our toll-free helpline to discuss intervention options with our phone counselors. We are available 24 hours a day to let you know that you don’t have to face this issue on your own. Let us give you hope for your situation; call us today.

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