Signs & Symptoms of Heroin Abuse

Spotting the signs and symptoms of a heroin addiction.

Signs of Heroin Use

If you’re concerned that a family member or loved one may be abusing heroin, the drug user may not be honest about the substance they are abusing. It may come down to you looking for the signs, symptoms and paraphernalia of the substance to find out what drug your loved one is abusing. If you’re trying to help someone you suspect is addicted to heroin, you have come to the right place to find the signs and symptoms of heroin abuse. If the individual is not cooperative and resisting treatment, an intervention may be the next step towards placing them in an effective heroin rehab program. The signs and symptoms of heroin abuse can range depending on many different variable. Some of these variables may be how the person has been using heroin, any previous medical conditions and even their emotional and social state.

Heroin abuse symptoms and addiction issues.

The warning signs and symptoms of heroin addiction can range in duration and severity. However, regardless of if the symptom is short term or long term, the addiction should be treated. Treatment for heroin abuse should be dual-diagnosis and address any associated mental health issues. Treatment may begin with inpatient detox and continue with residential or a partial day PHP program.

Heroin addiction symptoms are serious. Do you need help?

Heroin abuse and the subsequent addiction symptoms can be very damaging. If you, a friend or a family member are ready to seek treatment please contact us now.

The warning signs and symptoms of heroin abuse will range from slight to severe, but all will need to be medically addressed and possibly treated. The user will be affected both physically and mentally by abusing the drug. These are some of the most common signs and symptoms of heroin abuse:

  • Sleepiness or nodding off
  • Continued use despite heroin-related problems
  • unexplained periods of euphoria followed by severe fatigue
  • failing to quit or cut down use
  • confusion or disorientation
  • persistent cravings
  • declining responsibility and work or study performance
  • increased tolerance to heroin
  • covering the body with clothing, not warranted by the weather
  • experiencing withdrawal or feeling “junk sick”
  • lying
  • tiny (constricted) pupils
  • thefts, criminal activity, missing money
  • odd sleeping patterns
  • weight loss
  • scabs and sores from picking at skin
  • runny or itchy nose
  • slurred speech

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Drug paraphernalia

  • Syringes
  • burnt spoons
  • tiny plastic bags or wrappers
  • rubber tubing
  • glass pipes

Drug paraphernalia, or items that could be used in the sale or consumption of heroin can be found in many places. Some of those addicted to heroin may feel ashamed, and the outward signs of the addiction are not as visible. These people may find comfort in hiding their heroin paraphernalia. Others may disregard their feelings of public shame and leave their paraphernalia out in the open. Do not let the visibility of paraphernalia be the determining factor if you suspect someone is abusing heroin. Their are both short-term and long-term signs and symptoms of heroin addiction which are more telling.

Short term effects can include

  • the high or “rush”
  • slowed breathing
  • slowed heart rate
  • clouded mental functioning
  • nausea and vomiting
  • drowsiness or sedation
  • hypothermia
  • coma
  • death (due to overdose)

Long Term Effects

Heroin quickly breaks down the immune system leading to long term effects such as:

  • bad teeth
  • inflammation of the gums
  • constipation
  • cold sweats
  • itching
  • coma
  • respiratory illness
  • muscular weakness
  • partial paralysis
  • arthritis
  • reduced sexual capacity and long term impotence in men
  • menstrual disturbance in women
  • inability to achieve orgasm (women and men)
  • loss of memory and intellectual performance
  • introversion
  • depression
  • pustules on the face
  • loss of appetite with extreme weight loss
  • insomnia

Learn more how heroin abuse can be treated in rehab and the importance of opiate detoxification.

Need help finding heroin addiction treatment?

Heroin addiction is a very serious issue with serious consequences, both physically and emotionally. If you are in need of heroin addiction treatment rehab Recovery Ways can help provide those services. We offer effective and affordable dual-diagnosis substance abuse treatment in the Salt Lake City area. If you’re ready to get help for your heroin addiction and live a life in sobriety, we are here to listen.

Contact our admissions coordinators by clicking here or calling 1-888-986-7848.

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