Criminal Minds- Addiction


Reid woke up in a cold sweat. He was jonesing and he needed a hit. Now.

The team at the BAU didn't know that he was having nightmares- or that he was using heroin.

They couldn't know. He could lose his job if they found out. That team, and his job, meant everything to him. They were his family.

He thought this even as he snorted the heroin he had left out on the bedside table. After the buzz had settled in, he went to take a shower.

He checked his reflection in the mirror before he left for work and saw no evidence of his sleepless night or of his drug use.

He hid a dose or two of heroin in a secret compartment of his shoulder bag and hoped that were no drug-sniffing dogs at the office today.


There was something wrong with Reid.

Morgan watched Reid walk in to the bullpen and sit down at his desk. He had dark circles under his eyes and he kept glancing around like he was hiding something.

Reid just hadn't been the same since he was kidnapped by Tobias Hinkle.

They had barely found Reid in time and it had taken him weeks to recover from the physical and emotional trauma.

Reid had finally seemed to recover,

…But he hadn't been the same. Morgan had kept a close eye on Reid in the months following the attack and something was off in his behavior.

Morgan couldn't put his finger on it..

"Hey Reid" he said as he walked over to his desk.

Reid jumped.

"He-hey Morgan" Reid stammered. "How's it going?"

"You doing okay, Reid?" asked Morgan, "You look like crap and you seem a little jumpy this morning".

"I'm fine, Morgan". "You look great too".

"I didn't mean it like that kid."

"I'm fine" Reid said, turning away.

"Reid- -"

"Hey guys, we got a case." J.J. interrupted. "Conference room in 5".

Reid got up, ending the conversation. Morgan watched him walk away, more determined than ever to get to the bottom of this. He was going to find out what was wrong with Reid if it was the last thing he did.