Signs Your Loved One Might be Addicted to Heroin

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Heroin abuse has become a very real danger that has taken the United States by storm. Often, opiate addiction may begin with prescription pills, or other more “innocent” sounding drug sources. However, the availability and lower prices of heroin may eventually lead to abuse. As a result, American families who once thought they were safe from the drug’s grasp are quickly discovering that their neighbors, friends, or even family members are struggling with addiction.

Drug abusers come from all walks of life – in fact, recent studies have suggested that the typical heroin user today is a white woman living in the suburbs. Contrary to media stereotypes of drug users, you cannot tell if someone struggles with addiction purely from appearance. Addicts can be very skilled at concealing their symptoms.

However, if you are concerned about a loved one, there are some signs you can look for:

Physical Appearance

  • Extreme weight loss
  • Small pupils
  • Slouching as if arms and legs are weighing them down
  • Cuts, bruises, or scabs from skin picking
  • Needle marks on arms
  • Bad hygiene

Strange Behavior

  • Disorientation
  • Periods of high activity quickly followed by “nodding off”
  • Untrustworthy behavior (unexplained absences, or unusual financial difficulties)
  • Slurred speech
  • Withdrawal from loved ones
  • Avoiding eye contact
  • Unusual lack of motivation
  • Hostility
  • Wearing sunglasses frequently or inappropriately

Possession of paraphernalia

  • Needles or syringes
  • Burned silver spoons
  • Aluminum foil or gum wrapper with burn marks
  • Small plastic bags with white residue
  • Stray razor blades
  • Rubber straps, bands, or missing shoelaces

If you think your loved one is addicted to heroin, it is important to address the problem right away before it gets out of hand. Our experts at Casa Recovery believe that an intervention with the victim is the first step in tackling the situation head on. Often substance abusers do not realize they have a problem and just need a gentle push toward recovery. The programs at Casa Recovery’s small and personal facility provide holistic regimens to guide clients down a path of self-discovery.

If you would like to hear more about our comprehensive treatment curriculum, visit us in beautiful San Juan Capistrano, California. You can also reach us at 1-888-706-1309 for a no-obligation assessment. Because we know how important this issue is, our phone lines are open 24/7. Give your loved one the gift of a happy and healthy life today!