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How to recognize a heroin-addicted person

With regular use, a drug addict builds tolerance for a drug like heroin and is not even aware of this. Like other powerful chemical drugs, heroin creates an effect, which makes the user feel relaxed or happy in a short time. Being aware of such symptoms can help you recognize it immediately among friends or loved ones. Keep in mind that one who uses heroin might deny, lie or apologize about their addiction and you must be able to assess the situation objectively to make a real difference.

Behavioral Signs

Behavioral changes occur if someone is abusing drugs like heroin. Below are a few common signs to look for if your friend or relative might be a heroin addict:


  • Troubled relationships could imply drug abuse.

The ability to think clearly and make rational decisions is severely reduced by hard drugs like heroin, resulting in lousy communication and conflict.

  • Those dealing with heroin addiction may have financial problems.

Drugs are not easy to find and an expensive habit. Having a huge credit debt or spending too much are some of the signs of chronic drug use.

  • Regular use of heroin creates a lack of enthusiasm.

If a person is acting oddly sluggish or being forgetful of small things, it could point to a severe drug problem.

  • Mood swings are familiar with heroin abuse.

Using strong drugs over time like heroin causes extreme changes in mood. A person can swing between anxiety or depression to unnatural excitement and happiness.

Physical Signs

When a person takes higher doses of heroin, they may show obvious physical symptoms of addiction and abuse which includes:

  • Extreme changes in sleep patterns, from sleeping most of the time to decidedly less
  • Bloodshot eyes with dilated or small pupils
  • Hostilebehaviourtowards family and social network
  • Wearing long sleeves and pants even in warm weather to hide tell-tale signs of heroin use

The transition from casual or recreational use to substance addiction can take place over many years or in a few months. In the case of narcotics such as heroin, the progress to disorder or addiction is very fast and can be fatal without treatment. Signs of heroin addiction should be acted on immediately, to prevent long-term health problems and potentially fatal overdoses. Recognizing the various symptoms of drug abuse can allow you to stage a timely intervention or find other useful ways to provide support via recovery services, such as admitting the user to a rehab program or contacting the right authorities.


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