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Drug addiction: How to spot if a loved one has joined the “Higella” trend

by , 28 November 2013

Poor Nigella Lawson. The much-loved celebrity chef is in the news again and it's all for the wrong reasons. This, after her ex-husband told the courts she got her PAs to spend around £685,000 to hide her alleged drug use. While we're still not sure whether this is fact or not (Nigella will address these claims in court tomorrow), secrecy is just one of the tactics drug addicts employ to hide their habit. Today, we reveal the others…

Nigella’s ex-husband Charles Saatchi claims she snorts cocaine, smokes cannabis and abuses prescription medicine. And to hide it, she allowed her “former assistants Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo to spend around £685 000 on a credit card belonging to her and ex-husband Charles Saatchi, 70, in an attempt to stop them revealing her illicit habit,” reveals iol.

While it’s not unheard of for drug addicts to resort to such desperate measures, “knowing whether someone you love has a problem with alcohol or drugs isn't as straightforward as it sounds. Despite the stereotypes of the staggering drunk or the emaciated addict, most people who overuse alcohol and drugs become adept at disguising their behaviour,” explains Healthy Living.

Revealed: Five signs you could be dealing with a drug addict

Luckily, there are some signs that shine through no matter what. These, according to the Mayo Clinic, include:

  • Problems at school/work. If your loved one is suddenly uninterested in school or work, misses classes and deadlines, watch out. It could indicate drug use.
  • Physical health issues. Lack of energy and motivation may indicate someone is using drugs.
  • Neglected appearance. If your loved one has always worried about how they look and suddenly stops, pay attention. “A lack of interest in clothing, grooming or looks may be a warning sign of drug use,” says the site.
  • Changes in behaviour. Drastic changes in behaviour, relationships with family and friends and secrecy is often a sign of drug use.
  • Spending money. Sudden spending splurges without a reasonable explanation or having anything to show for it may be a sign of drug use. This is especially true if money or an expensive item goes missing.

There you have it:  Learning what drug abuse and addiction looks like will give you a better understanding of whether or not you should be worried when you start to notice changes in a loved one you can’t explain. If you suspect abuse, speak to them about getting help before they land in the kind of big trouble Nigella has.

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