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For The Family

Do you suspect your loved one has been abusing heroin? If so, The Heroin Helpline is here to help you find a way to help your loved one into a rehab facility that will help them cope with their addiction and allow them to live a new healthy, and happy life.

First it needs to be understood that your loved one is going through the darkest part of their life and is suffering from an illness, a disease. For reasons unknown, your loved one decided to use heroin and is caught in a twisted dance that is not allowing them to recover. Whether they are reaching out for help or not, it is important that they seek out help before it is too late.

For The Family

If you are unsure whether or not your loved one is using or abusing heroin, we are here to help you figure that out. Heroin causes an effect called a “downer effect” which speaks of the relaxed state of euphoria an addict undergoes.

Signs of heroin use visible both during and after the use of heroin include:
  • Disorientation
  • Unexpected changes in behavior
  • Dry mouth
  • Shortness of breath
  • Constricted pupils
  • Appearance of limbs hanging heavily
  • Periods of nodding off succeeding hyper alertness

Signs of heroin abuse are more unique and come in the form of paraphernalia used to prepare, inject, or consume heroin, as well as more severe behavioral signs of abuse or addiction.

Paraphernalia warning signs of abuse may include:
  • Needles and syringes when your loved one has no other medical use for them
  • Burnt silver spoons, aluminum foil, gum wrappers, or straws
  • Any material that could be used to tie off injection sites that is laying
  • around in an unnatural state i.e. shoelaces missing from shoes, belts, rope, etc
  • Pipes, water pipes, or any man made pipe
  • Small plastic bags with white residue in powder form
Behavioral and appearance warning signs of abuse may include: Club Drug Addiction
  • Increase in the amount slept
  • Minimal eye contact
  • Distant field of vision
  • Lying
  • Slurred, muddled, incoherent speech
  • Performance in school or work worsened- this may include loss of job or expulsion
  • Lack of care for hygiene or appearance
  • Always wearing long sleeves or pants, even in warm weather months
  • Hostile behavior towards friends and/or family
  • Decrease in motivation
  • Extreme weight loss
  • Unexplained runny nose
  • Track marks from needles on arms and/or legs
  • Cuts, scabs, and/or bruises cause by picking at skin

If your loved one is showing a number of these warning signs, it may mean that they are abusing and/or addicted to heroin. Approaching them about the matter in anything more than a loving and caring way may only push them further away. Because of their change in behavior, even approaching them in a loving and caring way may not work. In this case, an intervention may need to be necessary.

What is an intervention?

An intervention is a structured technique that will help you approach your loved one about their heroin addiction, and help find a solution to get them the help they need. The main goal is to have your loved one understand they are suffering from addiction, and that treatment is necessary. Addiction consumes the body and mind, and your loved one may be in denial of their problem. Sometimes an outside perspective centered around love is needed to help them see that they are suffering. Visit The Intervention Helpline for more information on interventions, and to see if staging an intervention for your loved one is what you, and your family, needs.

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