Honesty is always the best policy, but this notion tends to be absent in the wake of a heroin addict. Although you and your loved one may have a strong relationship, your friend or family member may be willing to take any action to pursue their dangerous lifestyle, which includes lying to you and others in their close circle. In the end, you may have to become an ace detective to determine if your friend or family member is using this dangerous opioid. So, what are the signs of heroin addiction? What evidence of use are you supposed to watch out for? Let’s take a closer look at some telltale signs and tools that you should definitely be aware of, especially if you suspect a loved one may be using.
Elementary, Dear Brother
Remember that heroin is typically injected, snorted, or smoked, so be sure to be on the lookout for drug paraphernalia and related evidence of drug use. Appearance-wise, heroin can be a powdery or crumbly substance that ranges from white to brown in color and may also be manufactured as a sticky dark brown to black goo (a dangerous variety of impure heroin called “black tar”). Heroin addicts who inject the drug will leave a trail of dirty spoons and old lighters in their wake, as well as unclean syringes, but you should also keep your eyes open for glass pipes.
Evidence on the Face
Besides the obvious lineup of drug tools, the health and mentality of heroin users will also begin to degrade, turning them into complete opposites of their formerly clean selves. After using the drug, the addicts’ pupils will severely dilate, and his or her skin may start to flush. Drifting in and out of a semi-conscious state, the heroin user will also suffer from memory loss or related problems after reawakening. Also, keep in mind that some symptoms of heroin use resemble the common cold or measles, such as itching and severe nausea (or possible vomiting).
Seeking Treatment for Heroin Addiction
Sometimes, you may have a hard time identifying whether or not your loved one has been suffering from drug abuse or addiction, but, when you finally do discover the truth, reality can hit you like a pile of bricks. In the midst of the Opioid Crisis, helping your loved one cope with opioids can be just as painful as the sickness itself. Heroin is a deadly drug that can destroy your brain and body, and attachment to this opioid requires delicate intervention and withdrawal.
If you are suffering from a severe case of opioid use disorder or have a friend or loved one who is coping with this illness, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process detox and withdrawal and guide you through each step of the rehabilitation process to help you separate yourself from these deadly painkillers.
If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your attachment to this deadly opioid called heroin.