Many people have a perception of addicts as being incapable of functioning on a day to day basis. This idea usually comes with visions of shallow faces, pale complexions, and shaky hands. The fact is that addiction settles in long before any of these types of signs emerge. In many cases, the early warning signs are so subtle that people who are at risk for addiction may not realize what is happening, simply because they are able to juggle work, home, and other activities with what seems to be ease. Since addiction can happen to anyone, it helps to be aware of these early signs and how they gradually affect people who are essentially high functioning addicts. Doing so makes it easier to identify the problem early on and take the steps necessary to overcome the addiction before any permanent damage is done.