Four Ways People Disguise Their Use of Methadone

Four Ways People Disguise Their Use of Methadone

When a loved one is addicted to drugs like methadone, they just don’t feel good

When your loved one becomes addicted to methadone, he likely won’t admit it if you ask him. Addicts develop elaborate ways of hiding their addiction from others and deny a problem if asked about it outright. However, you can look for a few symptoms that will indicate a problem has developed.

Hiding places. Addicts will hide methadone from family and loved ones. They will go to extreme measures to do so, such as creating holes in the floorboards. You may notice that your loved one has become particularly protective of rooms or areas of the house or garage. He will insist on privacy in that area. He may even lose his temper if he senses that you have violated his private area. Addicts hide their stash in shoes, tape it to the underside of desks or tables, or hide it in the bathroom (even inside the toilet tank).

Sickness. When a loved one is addicted to drugs like methadone, they just don’t feel good because they are often coming off of a high or are in a craving stage. At other times, feeling sick is an excuse to skip work because of drug use. Common ailments include headache, backache, constipation and food poisoning. They are all common but vague ailments that cannot be disproven.

Working a lot. If your loved one develops a pattern of working late hours, this may be a sign that he is stopping somewhere on the way home to use drugs without your being around. If he is “just running late,” he may be stopping somewhere to purchase more methadone. If he works at an hourly rate and you do not see an increase in pay despite “working late,” this could be a warning sign.

Withdrawal. Addicts will often withdraw from social gatherings and family members in order to hide any symptoms of addiction. They may make excuses not to attend family functions (like feeling ill or working), or they may attend those functions but withdraw from others for a period in order to take the methadone. Because addiction becomes the priority in the person’s life, eventually a methadone addict will lose interest in his relationships altogether. If you notice that your loved one has stopped hanging out with his usual friends, or has replaced them with an all-new set of friends (who use drugs), this may be a sign of addiction.

The key in recognizing addiction in a loved one is to trust your instincts. If you notice changes in his patterns of behavior, along with changes in mood and physical appearance, don’t just accept excuses as the truth.

Getting Help For Your Methadone Addiction

If you or a loved one is struggling with a methadone addiction, we can help. You can call our toll free helpline any time, 24 hours a day. We are available seven days a week. You can talk with one of our admissions coordinators about your concerns, and together, you can determine how to proceed next. We can even help you find a treatment center that focuses on methadone addiction. Don’t let addiction destroy your life. Call us today and get the help you need.