10 Physical Indications of Heroin Use

heroinDrug users will always show signs that they use. The chemicals in the drugs will react with the body and show physical and emotional changes within the person. It takes an educated loved one to identify the signs and understand what they mean. Here are ten indications that someone close to you might be using heroin.

Drug Paraphernalia – All users need something to get the drugs into their body. Syringes are used to inject the drug directly into the bloodstream. Other things that might be present around the user’s life is foil, paper bundles, or envelopes.

Physical Changes – Physically, the body goes through a change when the drug is introduced into the bloodstream. The person may have dilated pupils, be sweating, or even throwing up. Other indications are the needle marks – also known as track marks – on their arms. Many times users wear long sleeves so they can cover these marks up.

Behavior Changes – Heroin is a psychoactive drug, meaning it reacts with the brain. Users experience a high shortly after ingesting the drug, but their moods can change swiftly after coming down from the high. Withdrawal effects include mood swings and depression. Users might also be apathetic.

Health Problems – Heroin addicts have a higher risk of contracting diseases due to sharing needles and other unhealthy habits that expose their bodies to dangerous substances. Heroin addicts might contract AIDS and the HIV.

Pain Tolerance – Heroin is an opiate, which is used in medical practices as a remedy for moderate to severe pain (often for people who have undergone surgical procedures). Abusers will develop a higher tolerance for pain with extended use and might neglect their health because of it. They will not get regular health checkups or not receive a medical opinion after an accident.

Performance Issues – Addicts will have performance problems in certain situations because of their drug abuse. They might have issues driving or even putting coherent thoughts together. Many addicts will have an “I don’t care” attitude toward their problems, even when the drug abuse causes problems in their work environment.

Social Problems – Drug abuse begins to consume a person’s life. As their drug use becomes more frequent, they begin to neglect relationships that were important in the past. Friends and family members will begin to notice their lack of attendance or begin to get in arguments with their significant others. Ultimately, drugs will end relationships and leave the user alone – abandoned by their closest. Though this might do nothing to help the addict break from the drug, many times this is the drug user’s own doing.

Lifestyle Decisions – Though there are drug users who will not turn to a criminal lifestyle, there are many who will. The person will begin to be involved with the law more and more often. Some will steal at every opportunity, even if it’s from family members. Drug addicts will begin to be neglectful to the important things like paying bills, family time, and employment. Their lives slowly become about getting their next fix.

Increased Drug Use – After enough heroin use, the body begins to build up a tolerance. Users will have to take more of the drug to achieve the same high they experienced during the beginning stages of their drug abuse.

Denial – Drug users will come up with various reasons as to why they don’t use drugs. They will have explanations for issues with work and why their relationships don’t work out in order to hide their shame about their drug usage.

Drug users will have one or more of the aforementioned issues. There are several other problems and signs that might not be mentioned, such as isolating themselves from family, but the ten listed are the majority of signs. Educate yourself to spot the signs and get anyone close to you some help. You might be the one person to save their life.

Reference:

http://www.doi.gov/archive/nbc/eps/SignsSymptoms.html

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