Being Able to Identify Someone You Know is Abusing Heroin

Abusing HeroinWhen someone is abusing heroin, some warning signs indicate they could use professional help.  If you suspect someone is abusing heroin, then you already have seen some things that led you to this conclusion.  Of course, you don’t want to wrongly accuse someone.  For this reason, your best course of action will be to consult with someone who is knowledgeable in this field.

Statistics show that deaths from heroin abuse have increased 248% since 2010.  In fact, more people die from opioid drug overdoses than in automobile accidents.

One way to help bring down these statistics is for each person to know the warning signs of heroin or opioid abuse and help a friend or loved one get proper treatment right away.

Warning Signs When Someone is Abusing Heroin

It is important to remember that heroin kills.  But, before it kills, it puts the user through stages of horrible physical and mental anguish.  For instance, some of the physical effects of abusing heroin are shockingly visible such as sores on the skin, hair loss, tooth decay, weight loss and premature aging.

The mental anguish of heroin abuse includes depression, low self-esteem, social isolation, and suicidal thoughts.

If you are concerned that your loved one or a close friend is having problems with heroin or other opioids, you have probably witnessed and wondered about the following signs and symptoms:

  • Substantial weight loss
  • Abscesses or scabs on the skin
  • Cellulite
  • Tooth decay, missing teeth
  • Thinning hair or lifeless looking hair
  • Premature aging; dry, wrinkled skin
  • Social isolation
  • Financial distress
  • Depression
  • Sleep problems

Of course, each person reacts differently to the effects of heroin and will display some symptoms not listed here.  However, the above signs and symptoms are typical with most heroin users.

Heroin Abuse is a National Epidemic

All across the United States, heroin addiction has reached unprecedented proportions.  The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) calls it a severe epidemic.  In fact, overdose deaths from heroin and other opioids have increased by four times since 1999.

The heroin epidemic is partially fueled by people switching from prescription opiates to illicit heroin.  Although many of them are turning to heroin because of the high costs of their prescriptions, the fact is, they eventually become addicted to heroin.  The high cost is not the only reason why a person chooses to switch to heroin from legal prescriptions.  Some people switch because they have become addicted to their prescription and need something stronger.

Where to Find Help for Heroin Addiction

If you discover that your suspicions are right and your friend or loved one does, in fact, have a heroin problem, you can help.  Do some research about treatment for heroin addiction.  Compare the programs and determine which one is best suited to the person’s needs.  If your friend or loved one refuses to enter treatment, learn how to conduct an intervention.  Professional interventionists often succeed in helping a person overcome denial and consent to treatment.

It is important to note that heroin addiction will not go away by itself.  Also, few people succeed in withdrawing from heroin on their own.  Furthermore, severe heroin addiction can result in dangerous withdrawal symptoms that require medical supervision.   For these reasons, professional treatment is the best option.

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