How Does Narcissism Relate to Oxycodone Addiction?

How Does Narcissism Relate to Oxycodone Addiction?Oxycodone is a narcotic pain reliever that is classified by the Drug Enforcement Agency as a Schedule II drug. While approved for medical use, it has a high risk of abuse. Because oxycodone is similar to morphine, it is prescribed for moderate to severe pain, but only for short-term use.

Information about Narcissism

Narcissism is defined as an inordinate fascination with oneself, excessive self-love or vanity. A narcissist may be unpleasant to deal with because he is predominantly interested in himself. However, according to the Mayo Clinic, narcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder that inflates a person’s sense of her own importance and the need for admiration. People with narcissistic personality disorder may exude any of the following symptoms:

  • Believing they are superior to others
  • Having little regard for other people’s feelings
  • Hiding a fragile self-esteem
  • Difficulty initiating and maintaining relationships
  • Rejecting responsibility for their behaviors
  • Frequently lying to justify their behaviors, manipulate others or gain influence
  • Using condescension to make others feel inferior

With such an entitled perspective, people with a narcissistic personality disorder will avoid painful thoughts, which makes them susceptible to oxycodone abuse to mask emotional issues. People with a narcissistic personality disorder often experience other disorders, such as depression, anorexia nervosa and substance abuse.

Obstacles to Oxycodone Addiction Recovery

Because people with narcissistic personality disorder also have a higher risk for substance abuse, many of them experience co-occurring conditions. Getting clean from any addiction is extremely difficult, but your chances for success increase if you have the following elements:

  • A strong desire and commitment to achieve sobriety
  • A support system, whether it be friends, family or a local recovery group
  • Resources to find the best recovery programs and aftercare support, as well as resources that address any other concerns that personally impact you
  • A viable plan to guide you to sobriety

Unfortunately, people with narcissistic personality disorder often dismiss that they are at fault or responsible for an addiction. Frequently, they dislike support systems, because they have alienated friends and family members with their superiority and deception. Without being accountable for their addictions, people with narcissistic personality disorder find it hard to reach out to resources that can help. Finally, they are limited in their abilities to seek help and maintain a plan for recovery.

Help for Oxycodone Addiction

When people reject responsibility for their behaviors, it is important to have a structured treatment program to guide them to recovery. To learn more about Dual Diagnosis treatment and how effective it is for joint issues like these, please call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline any time. We can answer any question you have about co-occurring conditions and treatment options.