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Is Your Loved One Addicted to Heroin?

Posted on 05. Apr, 2016 by in Addiction, Alcohol & Drug Abuse

Heroin is an extremely dangerous and highly addictive substance that is a synthetically made from morphine. Heroin users frequently become dependent on the drug, often times after only one use. The withdrawal symptoms of heroin can be excruciating, both physically and psychologically. If you suspect someone you care about may have an addiction to heroin, it is helpful to understand the signs of heroin use and how to help them.

Signs of Heroin Use
When looking for signs of heroin use in loved ones, it is essential that you look at all angles of the individuals life. Many addicts know how to hide the signs of heroin use and they will go to any extreme to make sure family and friends do not find out about their addiction. Some signs to look for may include:

  • Behavior Changes, which may include lying about their comings and goings, avoiding direct eye contact and slurred or incoherent speech. They may have a change in their actions towards other, for example, they may become hostile towards people close to them. They may start breaking promises and commitments and they may be sleeping more than usual.
  • Changes in physical and/or appearance changes are common for someone with an addiction to heroin. One of the most common things is for them to start wearing long sleeve shirts and long pants, even in hot weather, to hide their needle marks. Their skin may start to look pasty and they will often have a significant amount of weight loss in a short period of time. They may also frequently have a runny nose, without having signs of a cold or allergies.
  • Financial problems often occur when a person is addicted to heroin. Heroin is expensive and addicts will do anything they can to get their hands on it. The person may start spending money on the drug instead of paying bills or buying groceries. If they do not have the money for the drug, they often sell items to the money, including items that do not belong to them.
  • Hanging out with a new group of friends is also a common sign of an addiction. Heroin addicts tend to hang out with other heroin addicts and share their drugs together. Concentration is extremely difficult for someone addicted to heroin, so you may notice them not participating in activities they previously enjoyed. They often do poorly in school and struggle with keeping a job.

Due to the intensely addictive nature of using heroin, it is important for the heroin user to understand that physically being able to stop on their own is almost impossible. But, the person must be willing to quit using the drug. If you are seeking help for someone you know that is addicted to heroin, the first step is to be open and honest with them and ask if they are willing to get professional help for their addiction. It is important to understand that many heroin users will admit to using the drug, but they will refuse to get help for their addiction.

If the person is ready to quit using heroin, it is essential that they seek help from a treatment center. Treatment center will be able to provide medications to relieve the symptom of withdrawal, which can be extremely painful, and possibly life-threatening. As a loved one of someone who is addicted to heroin, it is important that you support their decision for treatment and encourage them to continue with follow-up care throughout their recovery.

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