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Know the Signs of Heroin Addiction and When to Get Help

It's always a scary revelation to find out that your loved one is secretly dealing with heroin addiction. It's scarier not knowing the best way to get help for them. In this article, we outline the signs of potential heroin addiction and explain how you can get the help your loved one needs.

Signs of Heroin Addiction

These are the top four signs of heroin addiction and why you might need to seek help at a heroin treatment clinic:

Entry Points

It's common among users to take heroin intravenously. So, when the syringe is injected into the veins it will leave track marks, usually in the arms. If your loved one is always covering up their arms, even when there's no reason to, they may be hiding a heroin addiction.

Extreme Changes in Behavior Or Physical Appearance

In most instances, a loved one who is using heroin can experience rapid weight-loss changes. They may look like they are sick and their pupils are constantly dilated. Sometimes their skin might also bruise easily. Additionally, they will tend to switch between being hyper-alert and super tired. For instance, if you're talking to them, they may be able to focus on the conversation, but in another instance, they may seem jittery or extremely fatigued.

Poor Performance at Work, Home, or School

A loved one who's using heroin is likely to stop performing well in their usual duties. For instance, if they regularly used to keep the house clean, you might find them now living in unkempt conditions. Similarly, their grades might drop at school or their professional performance at work might decline.

Strange Behavior

Chances are you know your loved one best, so you might be first to identify any strange behaviors they have recently adopted. This includes a sudden lack of interest in activities or hobbies they used to love. Perhaps your loved one has started selling stuff or borrowing money frequently for unclear purposes.

When to Get Help

Once you notice the signs mentioned above, it may be a good time to seek help at a heroin treatment clinic. Talk to your loved ones and offer them the support they need throughout their recovery.

One option when seeking help at a heroin treatment clinic is to undergo methadone treatment. Methadone is an opioid, and similar to heroin, it helps reduce pain and induces relaxation, but it doesn't create the high associated with heroin. That's because a 5mg dose of parenteral heroin is equivalent to about 20mg of oral methadone. So, methadone will help your loved one cope with withdrawal symptoms and cravings.

For more information, reach out to our team at Desert Palm Clinic today.

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