Heroin is an illegal drug with highly addictive qualities. Available for injecting, snorting, or smoking, it delivers a “rush” resulting from the artificial triggering of the brain’s reward center. Because of the sudden release of dopamine and the feelings of well-being it delivers, addicts of the drug focus their lives on chasing the next dose. For parents and loved ones, there are five symptoms of heroin use to look out for.
The symptoms of heroin use are varied. Taken individually, they may pinpoint another condition. However, we suggest considering a combination of signs a clear warning:
In addition to the physical manifestations of heroin use, there are also prominent social signs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) point to the demographics affected by the heroin epidemic for additional signs to observe. Since heroin addiction is rarely a stand-alone condition, they note that frequently there is additional drug use.
For example, addicts of opioid painkillers are 40 times more likely to have an addiction to heroin. Marijuana users have a three times higher likelihood of suffering from a heroin addiction as well. In fact, the majority of users tend to abuse three additional drugs concurrently.
A second more socially focused symptom of the drug use is extreme agitation and hostility toward others in between doses. Mood swings make it difficult to be around the person, whose focus is now almost solely on obtaining the next fix. Personal hygiene, an appreciation of prized belongings, professional or educational ambition, and the ability to meet social obligations rapidly decrease.
Addiction doesn’t have to be the focus of your loved one’s life any longer. Get help after noticing the first symptoms of heroin use in a loved one. Call 866-704-7692 to learn how to help a loved one overcome addiction with a quality drug rehab experience.
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