Recognizing If Your Friend is Hiding an Addiction

Man hiding something from friend

An addiction can be extremely hard to identify even in a friend, as hiding an addiction often becomes top priority in an addict’s life. If you’re unsure as to whether or not your friend is using, here are some common signs that your friend might be falling into addiction…

A Pattern of Overconsumption

An addiction to alcohol can be difficult to identify, especially since a person might be consuming larger and larger quantities while still appearing in control. You might notice, however, that your friend is refilling the wine glass more frequently than everyone else, or is suggesting opening a new bottle of wine when everyone else is starting to max out. The same is true for prescription drugs. You might notice that your friend is taking more and more medicine and is running out of a prescription more frequently.

Drinking Before Socializing

Someone might also hide an addiction to alcohol by drinking ahead of time and then drinking a more normal amount while out with friends. Have you noticed that your friend seems to have already had something to drink every time you go out? This could be a sign of a growing alcohol problems.

They Tell You About New Prescriptions

If your friend is becoming increasingly dependent on prescription drugs, and is seeking out extra medication through an acquaintance, your friend might tell you that they were “prescribed a new medication.” In reality, though, your friend could be abusing an older prescription, or might not even have a prescription at all.

Secret Stashes of “Something”

Addicts often need to hide this aspect of their lives, and might use stashes throughout their home or work to do so. Someone who is addicted to alcohol might hide a six-pack behind items on a garage shelf, for example, or behind the laundry detergent in the laundry room. You might also find small bottles of prescription pills hidden in a jewelry box or in a winter coat pocket. If things are cropping up in unusual places, your friend could be trying to hide an addiction.

Increasing Financial Problems

Addiction doesn’t just take a toll on the body; it takes a toll on finances as well. There are several signs of financial trouble that could point to an addiction, from a growing pile of unopened bills, to disappearing items in the home, to frequently borrowing money from family members and friends.

Pushing Loved Ones Away

An addiction can feel extremely alienating, and it might cause your friend to start pushing family members and loved ones away. If you notice that your friend is beginning to become more and more isolated, there could be a growing addiction at hand.

Noticeably Deteriorating Health

An addiction will take a toll on physical health, mental health, and overall appearance over time. If you’re noticing significant changes in behavior, weight fluctuations, or a more unkempt appearance, an addiction could be the underlying cause.

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