So you think a loved one may be addicted to heroin, but you aren’t sure? The best thing you can do before you try to help them is to educate yourself. Read up on heroin, where it comes from and what it does to a person’s body and mind. Understanding that the road ahead will be tedious, and probably quite bumpy at times, will go a long way toward maintaining your own mental well-being while supporting someone on their path of recovery.

Signs and symptoms of heroin addiction:

Physiological indicators of use

  • constricted pupils, aka “pinholes”, for about four to five hours at a time after use
  • shallow breathing and signs of disorientation
  • disheveled appearance and hygiene neglect of hygiene
  • fluctuating weight or sudden weight loss
  • lack of luster in skin color, vibrance and pigmentation
  • bruises, scabs or marks on arms or other areas of veins; may always be wearing longsleeve shirts or pants to cover up marks (for intravenous users)

Drowsiness, aka “nodding off”, is common as the initial euphoric rush of the hit wears off. Addicts get fuzzy, disoriented, and even their speech can slur.

Unpredictable mood changes, with a high tendency toward depressed states, and withdrawal from general social interaction. The exception to this is that addicts gravitate toward other addicts; they’re able to friend each other in the name of having contacts for the next score.

Use of junkie slang; terms such as skin-popping (injecting just below the skin’s surface), chasing the dragon (smoking heroin), and speed-balling (mixing heroin with cocaine and then injecting the concoction).

“Controlled addiction” aka chipping is when addicts put strict usage regulations on themselves with the consequence of having to stop cold turkey should they start craving or withdrawing from the drug. The problem with chipping is that it is unreliable and too easy for the addict to find loopholes in their own rules to justify an extra dose or even day of using.


If any of these symptoms seem familiar to you, it is possible that your loved one may be using Heroin.Treatment Now is here to help.

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