Familiarizing Yourself with the Top 5 Signs of Heroin Addiction
Do you suspect someone you care about of using heroin? Are you unfamiliar with the signs of heroin addiction? For some insight into heroin addiction, read below. If you have additional questions, contact White Sands Treatment Fort Myers at (877) 855-3470.
Heroin is a powerful opioid drug. According to an article in the Harvard Health Publications of Harvard Medical School, twenty-three million Americans (about one in ten) are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol. The drugs that top the list for drugs causing addiction are cocaine, marijuana, and opioid pain relievers.
Prescription opioids have effects similar to those from heroin. The signs of opiate use are also similar to those of heroin. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, research has suggested that misuse of opioid pain medications may lead to the use of heroin.
Top 5 Indicators of Heroin Use
There are several signs of heroin addiction that may help tip you off to the fact that someone is abusing drugs. Some, however, are more common than others. Keep your eyes open for the following:
- Loss of interest or concentration. If someone has suddenly stopped caring as much about school, work, family, or their usual activities – something may be wrong. Once an individual has fallen victim to heroin addiction, little else matters except sourcing heroin and getting high.
- Physical changes. Oftentimes, heroin addicts inject the drug into their body. After some time, they will develop track marks and bruising up and down their arms. To cover this up, the addict will wear long sleeved shirts – no matter the weather conditions. Of all of the visible signs of heroin use, a rapid decrease in weight should raise flags.
Long term users may appear ragged. Heroin is the number one priority for these individuals. It matters not what they look like. Their health and well-being are not a major concern to them.
Visible signs of heroin use include itchy skin, small pupils, flushed skin, watery eyes, and runny nose. One of these signs alone may not mean much, but if you consider all of the symptoms together, you may be able to spot someone desperately in need of help.
- Behavioral changes. Signs of heroin addiction (or any drug addiction) may look similar. Lying is paramount in the life of an addict. Most of the time, the addict will not be honest about their goings-on or their whereabouts. Avoiding eye contact is very suspicious, indeed. Drug addicts who are lying sometimes avoid eye contact.
Drug addicts may become hostile when one attempts to question them about their behavior. This is common. Other behavioral signs of heroin addiction include sleeping more than usual and sleeping heavier than usual. Breaking promises is also a warning sign.
- Financial issues. Heroin is not cheap and more often than not, when someone has become addicted they will do what they must to source their next bag. Bills may go unpaid. Items may start turning up missing from their loved ones’ homes in order to sell them for drug money.
- New circle of friends. When people start doing drugs, they start keeping company with other drug addicts. It is better to get high with others than by yourself. They share a commonality, and thus, friendships they had before their addiction will fall from the wayside.
Other signs of opiate use include dry mouth, clouded thinking, nodding off, tiny pupils, nausea, vomiting, and a heavy feeling in the hands and feet. It may be advantageous to look out for the following items as well:
- Small glass pipes
- Burnt spoons
- Rubber tubing
- Tiny baggies
- Whitish or tan powdery residue
- Dark, sticky residue
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.