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Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms of Heroin Use

Addiction , Drug Rehab Alexa Iocco | June 18, 2021

Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms of Heroin Use Resurgence Behavioral Health

How to Tell if a Loved One is Using Heroin

Oftentimes, many people forget the fact that an addiction is a family disease. It’s classified this way because the heroin use of one person in the family seemingly impacts the lives of every member in the family in some way, shape or form. For instance, if a loved one is under the influence of heroin, it wouldn’t be uncommon for a family member to go to that person’s house to care for them or go above and beyond to ensure that they remain in good health.

If you suspect that a friend or a family member is struggling with an addiction to heroin, we encourage you to reach out to Resurgence Behavioral Health. Our team of addiction specialists can provide you with the insight that you need to spot certain telltale signs that can manifest as a result of heroin addiction.

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Signs and Symptoms

An addiction to heroin is one that is particularly hard to hide. As a result, if you see that a loved one is exhibiting anyone of the following signs or symptoms, there is a possibility that they may be grappling with this disease:

  • Sudden changes in mood
  • Evidence of needle marks
  • Wearing long sleeve shirts during the warm months to hide needle marks
  • Erratic behavior as a result of cravings
  • Increased secretiveness
  • Increased paranoia
  • Euphoric bursts
  • Sudden mood swings

Realistically, the list of signs and symptoms associated with heroin use could go on and on. When you reach out to Resurgence we will ask you a series of questions revolving around the psychological or physical behavior of the person that you have concerns about. From there, we can help you put together a plan of action to try to get them help. Keep in mind that the decision to receive care is ultimately up to that person, however, it never hurts to learn more information about this disease.

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Effects of Prolonged Heroin Use

There are many physical and psychological impacts of prolonged heroin use. First and foremost, this type of addiction can negatively impact the relationship that you have with your family. Sadly, many family members or friends get fed up with the person that has this type of disease and take steps toward severing the relationship.

The physical problems that heroin can cause could ultimately result in death such as:

  • Respiratory problems
  • Coma
  • Heart issues
  • Injection site infections
  • Increased possibility of exposure to HIV/AIDS or hepatitis

Signs of Overdose

A heroin overdose is an understandable concern among those that love a person that is suffering with an addiction to heroin. Here are some examples of signs of an overdose:

  • Skin that is cold or clammy to the touch
  • Dry mouth or pinpointed pupils
  • Disorientation or unexplained drowsiness
  • Trouble breathing or no breathing at all

If you suspects that a friend or a loved one has overdosed on heroin, you should call 911 immediately. Every second counts when it comes to saving their life so don’t think twice about reaching out for help from first responders.

Get Help for Heroin Addiction at Resurgence Behavioral Health

The Resurgence Behavioral Health teams understand the traumatic impact that heroin addiction can have on a person’s life. We are here to help not only the person struggling with addiction but also those that would like to learn more about this type of addiction and what they can do to help. If you would like more information about this potentially deadly disease, we encourage you to reach out to us at (855) 458-0050. to learn more. 

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