Functioning Addicts—What You Need to Know

It is easy to spot someone who is an addict when they are entrenched in their addiction. That is not always the case with some addicts though. Many addicts maintain semi-normal and even productive lives. Going to work, school, and even raising kids as terrifying as that might sound.

So what about these cases—how can you spot that someone is struggling when it may not be obvious?

Of course, the easiest way to tell for sure is to give them a drug test… I know that’s pretty obvious. Beyond that let’s look into other indications to watch for.

The person using drugs will begin to act differently even if they are very good at keeping things together— things seem off. You will notice some slight differences in behavior, their sleep schedule changing, being more seclusive, and stories that don’t quite add up.

Pay attention to how they are in the morning. One of the things with all addicts functioning or is not that they have to keep using regularly to avoid withdrawals. Meaning that in the morning or at some point during the day they will have to use again. Keep an eye on them, especially if they have a sudden mood change after going to the bathroom.

Notice if they are being oddly secretive about an aspect of their life. For example, why they stay up so late or why they are short on money when they make a decent amount.

Keep an eye out for all these signs as they might be early signs that things may get worse from here.

Do you have some additional indications that we didn’t mention? Please leave a comment on Facebook if you think of things we might have missed.



Aaron has been writing drug education articles and documenting the success of the Narconon program for over two years.