5 Sure Signs Of Heroin Addiction

29. September 2015

It isn’t easy to come to terms with the possibility that a loved one is using heroin. Of all the drugs, heroin might have the most negative stigma attached to it. People often have trouble believing that someone they love could be involved with it.

There are any number of reasons why someone might find themselves drawn to try heroin. Recently, the surge in prescription opiate addiction has led to an increase in heroin use. This is because when a person becomes addicted to prescription opiates and can no longer access them, heroin is often a more readily available and inexpensive alternative.

Heroin addiction is tough to treat because the physical dependence aspect of it makes quitting feel almost impossible for the person using. Even if they get past the physical withdrawal on their own, they still have to contend with the psychological aspect of addiction, which is even more difficult.

If you have a loved one who is addicted, it is important that they get help right away. The longer they use heroin, the more chances there are that they may overdose or contract Hepatitis C or HIV. A drug addiction intervention is often needed.

How Can You Tell If Someone Is Addicted To Heroin?

young girl sitting by heroin needle

Aside from stumbling across drugs and paraphernalia, there are a few other signs to look for. Five of these include:

  • “Track marks” from needle use. These are often on the forearms, but can also be on the legs or other parts of the body. People will often try to cover them up with long sleeves.
  • “Nodding out” frequently. He or she may seem sleepy or out of it, falling asleep while sitting up.
  • Constricted pupils, shallow, labored breathing, and confusion, slurred speech.
  • Changes in physical appearance: Lack of hygiene, weight loss, pale skin.
  • Behavior changes: Stops spending time with family and friends, agitated, distant, may be lying about whereabouts, money problems, etc.

Understandably, most people don’t want to admit they have a problem. They may experience intense guilt, shame, and embarrassment. It may not seem like it, because when confronted many people become angry, blaming others for their problems and turning things around on the person confronting them. This is just fear. Most addicts fear the process of getting help, and things will often get worse before they get better. Getting things out in the open may be uncomfortable, but it is necessary in order for things to move forward.

What To Do When Your Loved One Is Addicted To Heroin

Heroin addiction is a very serious issue, and the sooner you can get help, the better. Once an individual is confronted about the problem, it is important to continue following up. He or she may not want to get help right away. It may take some time to get to that point. If your loved one lives in your home, it may be necessary to set firm boundaries with them, and it may be that you have to ask them to leave the home if they are not willing to get help.

There are two aspects to recovering from heroin addiction, one is the dependence, and one is the psychological addiction.

In order for your loved one to begin the recovery process, he or she must detox and withdraw from heroin. This process, also known as “kicking” is unpleasant to say the least. It is best done with medical supervision, and in a medical detox setting the process can be made much more comfortable.

Just detoxing from the drug and losing the physical cravings to use are not enough, though. People detox from heroin all the time but wind up going right back to it because they did not address the psychological aspect of their addiction. An inpatient treatment program is the most effective way to obtain recovery from heroin addiction.

How A Drug Addiction Intervention Can Help

young girl passed out next to needle

The reality is that an addicted person doesn’t necessarily respond to pleas to quit from family members. This is frustrating, but it is true. While your loved one may feel terrible inside, he or she may also be experiencing anger and a sense of helplessness. You may also be feeling anger and helplessness, as well as frustration, fear and perhaps guilt. Because emotions run so high, it can be difficult to sit down and have an objective conversation about the situation. Family dynamics often include co-dependence and enabling, as well.

A drug addiction intervention is done by a professional who is impartial and professionally trained to do the intervention. This is a very effective way to get your loved one to agree to get the help that they need. Without this help, your loved one may stay in their addiction for much longer.

A drug addiction intervention starts with you contacting the intervention specialist and giving them the information they need about your loved one, their drug of choice and what you know about their history.

This is also a wonderful opportunity to get support. Addiction is hard on a family, and the interventionist is there for you.

He or she will work closely with you and your family throughout the process and will create a plan to help get your family member into treatment.

If you have a loved one who is struggling with addiction, Intervention Specialists, Inc. can help. An experienced, caring interventionist will support you through each step of the process and get your loved one the help that he or she needs. In addition, the interventionist will work with your family right from the beginning to promote healing and restore a sense of balance. Call 1-877-478-4621 today to begin the healing process and get the help that your loved one needs.