Signs of Heroin Use

There are many different substances that are problematic within our society. Numerous substances have been reformulated over the years for the purpose of making them more potent, which has led to increasing numbers of people developing addictions. One of the most problematic types of substances in recent times has been opioids. This heading includes a number of various medications, but it also includes a couple different illegal substances as well, with the most prominent of the latter being heroin. This opiate, just like many others, is derived from the opium poppy, and it is synthesized from codeine. Heroin is an extremely powerful substance, and it works as a morphine “prodrug.” This means that it metabolically converts to morphine within the body.

There are hundreds of thousands of people currently struggling with heroin all across the country, and more are falling into heroin addiction every year. A large amount of the people falling into heroin use arrive there from having used or abused prescription pain medications. Those who are struggling with painkiller use may begin to find them too expensive or too difficult to obtain. This could lead to them using heroin because of it being cheaper and more readily available on the street. It could also evolve from tolerance. Those using some types of painkillers may find themselves building up a significant tolerance and end up moving to heroin for a stronger high.

What Can Indicate Heroin Use?

Heroin addiction can eventually evolve to take over an individual’s entire life. For those suspecting their loved one’s of using heroin, there are some common signs that can be indicative of use:

  • Paraphernalia – There can be many different types of paraphernalia associated with intravenous heroin use, such as syringes, belts, shoelaces, gum wrappers or foil, needles, and spoons. A person could also use heroin by snorting or smoking it, which could include paraphernalia like razor blades, pipes, or straws. Of course, some of these can be everyday items as well, but a combination of any of the above can be a sign of use.
  • “Tracks” – Those using heroin intravenously will begin to develop “tracks” on their body. These are commonly noticeable on the individual’s arms, but they can be in various other areas of the body as well. The longer they use, the harder it will be to hide these. This could also include collapsed veins, infections at injection sites, or even contraction of bloodborne diseases.
  • Behavioral Changes – The individual using heroin will often begin to display behavioral changes, such as being regularly sad or angry, instead of happy like they may have once been.
  • Social Group Changes – Heroin use can cause an individual to cast off long time or close friends, as they often seek to associate themselves with other heroin users instead.
  • Poor Work or School Performance – Eventually, heroin can become a person’s sole motivation in life, resulting in their priorities shifting away from other important things, such as work or school. As a result, their performance in these areas will often heavily suffer.
  • Financial Difficulties – When a person continues to consume heroin, the habit can become extremely expensive. This can result in them attempting to borrow money from family or even stealing to support their use.
  • Withdrawal – If the user is unable to obtain heroin to use, they may experience withdrawal symptoms, which could include anxiety, irritability, insomnia, nausea, vomiting, and chills.

While heroin addiction can be an extremely difficult condition, it can be overcome through the various forms of treatment available. Freedom Center offers an extensive drug rehab program that can help individuals to break free from the hellacious burden of addiction. Do not put off treatment until a later time, give us a call today.

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