Often times, the effects of addiction are evident with the physical symptoms, resulting from substance addiction.
Behavioral addiction does not induce physical symptoms and that is why it is difficult to spot someone who has a behavioral addiction. However, for substance addiction, it becomes very obvious within few weeks or months of getting fully addicted.
In a bid to cover these symptoms, some people try to put on an attractive personality that helps to mask these symptoms.
For instance, someone who is addicted in the workplace finds it hard to do without his or her addiction, so what they would do in this case, is to sneak out to indulge in their addiction.
When they are done, they would try to erase any trace that would give them out. And they would emerge from their hiding spot like nothing has happened.
The same applies to people who are addicted and live with their families. It is usually a burden for them to mask their addiction because they could be found out.
So, by all means possible, they would strive to put on a personality that would not make anyone suspect.
People who are addicted receive lots of criticisms from people all around them, and this is because, people fail to understand that addiction is not entirely an individual’s fault. There are a host of factors that contribute to the addiction of an individual.
It would surprise you to know that people in high places also combat addiction, but it cannot be easily detected because they have the means to take care of themselves and manage their addiction problem.
So, while it is okay to conceal your addiction so that people do not unnecessarily criticize you, it is essential to seek treatment alongside.
The fact is, it is impossible to hide your addiction problem forever. At a stage, you would have to open up to someone, or you might be found out. If it is the latter, then you would have lots of questions to answer.