Do you use heroin? Does someone you know use the drug? Maybe you aren’t sure whether someone you know uses drugs or not. How can you know for sure? And what are the signs?
Heroin may be used in several ways, causing a quick rush for those who use the drug. For instance, heroin users take the chemical by:
- Directly injecting it into a vein with a syringe. This method of uses gains the user the fastest reaction in the brain.
- By smoking the drug.
- By snorting heroin through a straw into the nose.
Heroin users may be clever in concealing their heroin use. But there are some tell-tale signs that someone you know may be using. Here are some of the symptoms that someone may be using or abusing heroin.
Signs that a person is consuming heroin are:
- Being short of breath.
- Having dry mouth.
- Having small pupils.
- Acting different from the usual.
- Being disoriented.
- Nodding off.
- Hyper alertness.
- Moving as if the arms and legs are slow.
More specific signs of heroin use are:
- Finding syringes when they aren’t medically necessary.
- Burned spoons.
- Burn marks on gum wrappers or foil.
- Shoelaces lying around, or shoe laces missing from shoes.
- Straws with burn marks.
- Small bags with powder left in them.
Some of the behavioral signs of heroin use are:
- Lying or deception.
- Avoiding eye contact.
- Sleeping time increases quite a bit.
- Garbled speech.
- Bad grades and performance at school or work.
- Poor hygiene or worsened physical appearance.
- When the person stops making plans for the future.
- Avoiding close friends and family.
- New friends that don’t seem to have much in common.
- Stealing or borrowing money from friends or family.
- Lack of interest in usual hobbies or activities.
- Blaming others for their own short comings.
- Valuables disappearing.
- A rapid decline in self-esteem.
- Wearing inappropriate clothing for hot weather such as long sleeves and long pants.
Signs of increasing heroin use and addiction are:
- Constant runny nose not related to illness.
- Noticeable weight loss.
- Visible needle marks on arms or elsewhere on the body.
- Infections in the site of injections.
- Amenorrhea, or a female losing their menstrual cycle.
- Many cuts, scabs and bruises from picking their skin. A person who uses heroin may feel itchy due to the drug and scratch or pick at the skin until it bleeds or bruises.
Eventually any heroin user will need a fix or a hit of their drug of choice. They will begin to show drug withdrawal symptoms at this point, especially if they don’t have heroin on hand to use.
Symptoms of heroin withdrawal are:
- When the individual feels an intense craving for heroin.
- Profuse sweating not caused by activity or environment.
- Aching bones and muscle cramps.
- Vomiting due to nausea.
- They may complain that they feel heavy.
- Emotional outbursts.
- Runny nose.
- Rise in body temperature.
- Diseases due to blood borne pathogens and shared needle use, such as hepatitis C.
Unfortunately, an individual who has been using heroin for a long time can have serious health risks and even risk death when they try to go off heroin cold turkey. One of the most significant health risks in using heroin recreationally is that there are no standardized doses available for those buying the dope on the streets. This fact makes it much easier for people to use too much heroin and overdose. For this reason, a heroin user should seek assistance when trying to go off the drug.
Long-Term health problems due to heroin use include:
- Heart valve and lining infections.
- Diseases spread through blood borne pathogens such as HIV and Hepatitis.
- Pulmonary conditions such as chronic pneumonia.
- Blood clots.
- Tissue death from impurities in the heroin or from collapsed veins.
- Liver disease.
- Bacterial infections.
- Arthritis and related problems.
Stop Heroin Dependency Today
Using heroin causes neurochemical and cell changes in the brain, causing heroin to be extremely addictive. For this reason, heroin has never been legalized in the United States. The first step to receiving freedom from heroin use is to admit you have a problem. The next step is to choose the right rehab to get you through detox, into an excellent counseling program, and in a great aftercare program to give you the support you need to stay clean and drug-free for life.
To begin life without heroin, you’ll need to go through heroin withdrawal. Heroin withdrawal needs to occur in a safe, secure location with qualified medical assistance available. Cold turkey withdrawal is both unsafe, uncomfortable in the extreme, and may cause serious health problems. Go to a drug rehab that has a qualified drug detox center that can help you get off heroin safely, so you can get on with the rest of your life.
Counseling and Therapy
Your next step will be therapy and counselling. You will experience individualized counseling one-on-one with a highly qualified counselor who will devise a program suited to your specific and unique needs. If you started using heroin due to a mental health issue, you can also be diagnosed and treated for that health problem, too. Gaining psychological health will help you kick your habit and achieve the peace of mind that you may have been seeking through drugs.
Other types of therapy you may receive during therapy include:
- Cognitive therapy.
- Behavioral therapy.
- Family integrated treatment.
- 12 Step based therapy.
- Inpatient treatment.
- Outpatient treatment.
- Multi-therapeutic treatment.
- Sober living.
Once you have achieved completion of your therapy time, you will receive aftercare treatment. Aftercare includes:
- Continued therapy.
- Sober living arrangements.
- Help getting a job or getting back to school.
- Individualized assistance living life without drugs.
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Contact us at 888-380-0342 today for more information on getting started on your new, drug free life. We have the answers you need to your questions and can help you kick the heroin habit. We offer treatment for heroin and other drugs at our comprehensive drug rehab. Call us today for a dose of hope for a sober life.