Every drug addict has a tell. What do I mean? Like amateur gamblers might cough, blink, or smile when they hold a winning hand, addicts show signs of their addiction. Your addicted co-worker, spouse, or friend tries hard to hide the truth, but you’ll see reality sooner or later if you watch them long enough. Don’t believe me? Look for one or more of the following seven habits of highly addicted people and see for yourself.
Things To Look for in Addicted People
1. Withdrawing From Loved Ones
Addicts are consumed by their substance of choice, and they spend the majority of their time looking for or using drugs. That means they’ll typically skip social gatherings or will either arrive late or rush to leave early. Don’t expect addicts to return emails, chat with you on the phone, or meet you for lunch, either.
2. Acting Secretive
No addicts I know want to be caught. Instead, they do everything they can to conceal their activities. Addicts are experts at guarding their phones and computers, lying about where they go and what they do, and resisting anyone who questions what they’re doing. Addicted people are the best undercover operatives you’ll ever meet.
3. Abandoning Hobbies
Activities that used to hold the addict’s attention no longer hold appeal. That’s because addicts either don’t have money for hobbies or are too busy getting high to care about painting, biking, or gardening. Depression, anxiety, and lack of motivation, three common ailments that affect addicts, could also factor into why the addicts you know abandon the hobbies they used to love.
4. Skipping Work or School
Regular attendance at work or school isn’t a typical habit you’ll find addicts employing. They’d rather party or sleep off a hangover than force their bodies and minds to function at work or school. Whether they arrive late, leave early, do shoddy work, or call in sick, addicts will habitually skip work or school with little regard for the consequences.
5. Spending Cash Quickly
If you notice someone burning through cash like they’re on fire, they might be addicted to drugs. Saving money isn’t a habit addicts typically display. Instead, they spend money as quickly as they can make, borrow, beg, or steal it.
6. Engaging in Risky Behavior
Driving fast, jumping off of cliffs, and acting promiscuously can give addicted people a high just like their favorite drug. Drugs can also give addicts a feeling of invincibility or paranoia. I’m not saying that all extreme sports participants are addicts, but if you see a friend or loved one turn risky behavior into a habit, you could be looking at a user.
7. Neglecting Their Personal Appearance
Some addicts become hyper-vigilant about taking care of their appearance because they don’t want anyone to know that they’re using. Others could care less about what they wear and whether or not they wash their bodies. Plus, addicts often can’t hide the physical effects of drug use, including weight loss, bloodshot eyes, unusual odors, persistent cough, or meth mouth.
Does your loved one exhibit one or more of these seven habits? I understand that all addicted people are different, but these signs are highly common. Be aware of them as you interact with addicts in your life and you’ll be better equipped to help.