Drug addicts will often attempt to attempt to hide their drug taking. One of the most common ways an addict will try and hide their addiction is to conceal the drug and its associated paraphernalia around their environment. Secreting alcohol bottles in strange places like under sinks, behind books, on top of wardrobes, in garages and numerous other places is one way an alcoholic will attempt to hide their addiction, for example.
Lying becomes second nature to someone attempting to veil the signs of their addiction, and this can manifest in numerous ways. An addict may invent excuses why they cannot come into work, for example, claiming sickness or another pressing emergency that must be dealt with instead.
Those hiding an addiction to prescription drugs may come up with a variety of ways of getting more of the drug. They might say that they accidentally spilled their pills down the sink, that they got burgled and the bag containing their pills was stolen or that the pharmacy made a mistake and didn’t give them the right number of pills.
An addict may steal money to obtain drugs and attempt to hide their theft. Cheques may vanish from your cheque book, but from the back rather than the front to cover up the act. Valuable items such as cameras and other gadgets or jewellery may disappear from the house, giving the impression that they have simply been lost
Addicts may attempt to hide their addiction by use of manipulative behaviour. Upon confrontation about their possible drug addiction they might admit to using a less dangerous drug, i.e. marijuana, in order to cover their addiction to a much harder and more dangerous drug. ‘Half-confessions’ - where an addiction is played down and the full extent not revealed - is a common way of doing this.
Alcoholics might hide their alcoholism by choosing clear drinks like vodka which look like water and have little smell. In this way an alcoholic may mix vodka with soft drinks and place in a soft drink bottle to make it look like they are simply drinking orange juice, for example. An alcoholic may also try and hide their alcohol consumption by continually topping up bottles in the drinks cabinet, either with more alcohol or with water, so a bottle whose contents never seem to go down, or else tastes diluted may be a sign that someone is covering an alcohol addiction.
Addicts may develop strange routines in order to cover their addiction, such as routinely stopping off on the way home from work or school to an undisclosed location. This might be in order to hang out with fellow drug takers, stop off at a bar in the case of alcohol addiction or go somewhere in order to sober up or otherwise recover from the effects of drug taking. If someone is habitually sneaking around the house, spending a disproportionate amount of time in the bathroom or garage or making sure they are home alone at certain times, this may be a sign that they are hiding an addiction.
Hiding the loss of appetite and weight loss associated with some drugs might lead people to claim they are on a diet, which may seem strange if they are already underweight. People who smoke drugs like marijuana may be paranoid about the smell being on their breath or clothes, and may excessively use mints and gum or take an obsessive interest in laundering their garments.
Someone who is injecting drugs may wear clothing that always covers their arms, even in hot weather or else inject in concealed or unusual parts of the body such as on the backs of their knee or between their toes.