For drug addicts, it’s common to keep their struggles a secret. No matter their drug of choice, secrecy seems to be a common factor for most addicts. This could begin early in their addiction when they don’t want to admit they have a problem. After their addiction grows, secrecy becomes even more important as they attempt to portray to their family and friends that nothing is wrong.
However, hiding addiction only allows it to grow. It also isolates the addict, making them feel even more lonely and likely to turn to their addiction instead of help.
Signs of a Secret Addiction
If you believe a family or friend you care about is struggling with addiction, there are signs to look out for. These include:
- Neglecting responsibilities such as school or work
- Disinterest in activities they used to enjoy
- A drastic change in weight
- Physical symptoms specific to their drug of choice
- Lack of energy
- Neglect on personal hygiene
- Isolating themselves
- Irregular changes in mood
- Loss of important relationships
- Requests for money without explanation or stealing
If you experience any of these symptoms with a loved one and suspect a drug addiction, speak up. Don’t accuse them but instead, let them know they are cared for and not alone. If they’re willing, offer your help in finding treatment for them.
Reasons to Speak Up
If you are personally struggling with drug addiction, speaking up may seem like the hardest thing to do. However, there is healing and connection in vulnerability. Your addiction may tell you to keep it a secret and to be ashamed, but the truth is that once you start speaking up, you open the doors to recovery.
Speaking up about your addiction may mean confiding in a loved one, attending an AA meeting, or finding a treatment center.
For family members, speaking up is also important. Keeping your loved one’s addiction a secret can be interpreted as you being ashamed, which does not help in the healing process. Additionally, your story may help another family or addict in need.
Secret drug addiction is dangerous and shouldn’t be dismissed. Emerge Healing Center is here to help with compassionate care through our treatment programs in Georgia. Our caring and experienced staff are here to answer any questions you may have about the treatment process, as well as help you to decide on the right treatment path for your individual needs. Contact us today to learn more, and let us help arm you with all of the tools you need to be successful in recovery.