Howard Hughes jr. was afflicted by a psychiatric disorder known as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD. It is manifested by obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. This condition was not well-understood in his lifetime. But today,it is very curable. To derive a better view of OCD, which made Hughes's life extremely complicated, kindly click on the links below:
http://www.firstscience.com/home/articles/humans/howard-hughes-and-obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd-page-1-1_1325.html - Howard Hughes and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). A clear explanation by biochemist Charles Pasternak.
http://www.brainexplorer.org/brain_disorders/Focus_OCD.shtml - An Introduction to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
In 1946, Howard Hughes Jr.suffered severely from a plane crash.He had burns in many parts of his body ,damages to his lungs and other internal organs and cuts all over his face.His physicians, Dr.Lawrence Chaffin and Dr.Verne Mason didnt think he would survive. But slowly and miraculously he did. Due to the pain he suffered, Dr.Mason first gave Hughes morphine and then replaced it with codeine.Codeine's analgesic qualities greatly eased Howard's pain and he asked for more of the drug even when he no longer needed it. Later on, near the end of his life, Dr.Chaffin would blame Dr.Mason for starting Hughes on the road to addiction. His long-time addiction to this drug was what killed him in 1976. To learn more about the properties of Codeine ,symptoms of addiction , effects of addiction and cure for addiction, please click on the links below:
http://www.codeineaddiction.com/ - The effects of Codeine Addiction.
Howard Hughes was a codeine addict.
http://www.addictionsearch.com/treatment_articles/article/codeine-addiction-effects-and-treatment_46.html - Treatment of Codeine Addiction.