Heroin addicts often lie about their drug use and attempt to cover up what they’re doing. While the addiction will eventually progress far enough that it can’t be hidden, you don’t want to wait this long. Getting help for a friend or loved one early on increases their chances for a successful recovery.
How can you tell if someone you care about is addicted to heroin? Let’s explore some of the signs and symptoms you should be on alert for.
Heroin Drug Paraphernalia
Below are types of drug paraphernalia that may be lying around or hidden in secret places. Some of the most common hiding spots include cans and wrappers, makeup, personal hygiene containers, writing utensils, bathroom toilets, vents, mattresses, books and posters.
- Syringes: Syringes are the most popular way to use heroin, and the needles are often accompanied by a spoon, filter and lighter. Heroin addicts may hide these supplies in a single kit in a bathroom or bedroom.
- Aluminum Foil: Heroin may also be smoked using two pieces of foil. Along with the foil, you may find a lighter and rolled dollar bills or plastic pen cases to be used as straws.
- Glass or Metal Pipes: The pipes used to smoke heroin are similar to those used to smoke crystal meth. They may be made from glass or metal and have bulb-type ends.
- Balloons or Bags: Latex balloons or plastic baggies are sometimes used to hide heroin and its paraphernalia. If you see decorated baggies or rubber balloons lying around, take note.
Signs and Symptoms of Heroin Abuse
Heroin gets to the brain quickly, regardless of how it’s consumed. It sends a rush of good feelings and happiness that makes users feel chill and at ease. Many users say that heroin makes them forget about their problems.
Here are some of the signs to look for in a person who is using heroin.
- Sudden drop in energy levels
- Mental sluggishness/slurred speech
- Constricted pupils
- Poor hygiene
- Track marks
- Social withdrawal
- Stomach and muscle cramps
- Anxious or restlessness
- Missing money or valuables
- Lying or secretiveness
Heroin Abuse Needs Treatment
If you suspect that a person you care about is using heroin, don’t turn the other cheek. Get them help. Each situation is unique, but it’s often best to start with an intervention. Include a few close family members as well as a professional interventionist.
Learn everything you can about heroin addiction so that you can better understand how to help your loved one. Also, research the various treatment options available such as outpatient vs inpatient, local vs out-of-state, holistic vs conventional and more. You should be able to find an avenue that fits your loved one.
The River Source is a holistic treatment center that has worked with many heroin addicts. Our approach to healing the mind, body and spirit has helped many of our patients get clean and find their purpose in life. Call us today to start your journey.