Signs and Symptoms of Heroin Abuse
Heroin addiction is a growing epidemic in Long Island and across the country. If you suspect that your child, loved one, or family member is using heroin, we’ve created a guide to help you recognize the signs and symptoms of heroin abuse. Coming to terms with the realization that someone close to you may be using heroin is difficult, so it’s important to know the symptoms of heroin abuse before confronting that individual.
Heroin is an illegal and highly addictive opioid-based drug that causes a psychological and physical dependence with repeated use. If you suspect that a loved one is using heroin, it is important to act fast as the consequences of heroin abuse can be deadly. Let’s go over a checklist of the most common signs and symptoms someone that is addicted to heroin (or other opiates) will show.
Common Signs of Heroin Addiction
Some of the most common signs and symptoms of heroin abuse can be spotted accurately if you know what to look for. To detect a possible heroin addiction in a family member, look for these signs:
- Excessive sleepiness and “nodding off”
- Unexplained “euphoria” that can include being talkative, energetic, happy, followed by sudden depression and fatigue
- Covering the body with long sleeves (specifically arms) in warm temperatures
- Family members missing money, thefts from the house
- Sudden weight fluctuations
- A loss of interest for personal hygiene
- Abnormal sleeping patterns
- Loss of interest in work and/or academic responsibilities
If you find drug paraphernalia such as small empty baggies with powder residue, insulin syringes, rolled up bills, bent or burnt spoons, then there is a good chance that your loved one is using heroin.
Helping An Addicted Loved One
If you’ve gone through our symptoms of heroin abuse checklist and your loved one continues to arouse suspicion, we recommend to purchase an at-home drug test and have your loved one take the test. Such tests are affordable and accurate and you can find it at your local pharmacy. If the drug screen comes out positive, you should consider contacting an interventionist that can help get your loved one into treatment. Heroin is a powerful drug and the addiction is not easy to overcome alone, your family member needs professional addiction treatment at a facility that is equipped to handle the complexity of heroin dependency. At Long Island Interventions, we’ve been successfully treating heroin and opioid addictions for many years. We are known as a leading provider of substance abuse services with a solution-focused, evidence-based approach.
About Long Island Interventions
We’ve helped countless individuals and families that are affected by drug addiction and alcoholism across the New York area. Many people who develop a substance use disorder find it very difficult to stop using without professional help. If you or someone you know is looking for a detox, drug rehab, intervention, or outpatient drug rehab, our addiction resource center can help.
Long Island Interventions provides an opportunity for those struggling with substance abuse to recover safely. We believe in Long Island drug treatment programs that are solution-focused and evidence-based and our recovery advocates have decades of combined experience.