Signs of Heroin Addiction

If you suspect a friend or family member is on drugs, it is important to know the signs of heroin use. Before we look into the details of heroin use, it is important to know a few facts about heroin.

heroin addiction signs and symptomsPure heroin is a white, powdery substance. It can contain other filler ingredients like glucose or talcum powder. Heroin is often wrapped in small plastic baggies or packages. Because heroin is injected, smoked, snorted or inhaled, there are other devices that you can look for as well. Heroin addicts commonly use needles, syringes and spoons.

Additionally, razor blades, straws, pipes and rolled up pieces of paper are also used in the preparation and ingestion/injection of heroin. If an individual smokes heroin, a pipe or foil may be utilized.[1]

When heroin enters the body, the user’s brain changes in various ways.Their reaction time slows. Their memory worsens.Even how the individual thinks and makes decisions changes. The risk of diseases such as HIV and hepatitis rises.

The Signs of Heroin Addiction

Do you know what to look for in the behavior of someone who you suspect of being addicted to heroin? There are several signs to consider. Most of side effects have to do with the person’s behavior and appearance.

Here are some of the more common signs to keep an eye out for:

  • Alternating between sleepiness and alertness
  • Shallow breathing
  • Injection sites and/or infections
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Small pupils
  • A “lost” appearance in the eyes
  • Little motivation
  • Spending time with a different social circle
  • Disorientation
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Poor memory
  • Acting as though extremities are heavy and droopy[2]

If you see these signs, please do not overlook them. It is urgent that you follow up to determine their root cause. If you need some assistance, please feel free to call one of our healthcare professionals at The Canyon.

Heroin Addiction Treatment

treatment at The Canyon Rehabilitation Facility At The Canyon, we have created a complete heroin treatment program to help you develop a positive relationship with yourself. We use a variety of traditional and nontraditional methods, therapies and experiences, to help you build a healthy life without drug abuse. Each patient’s treatment program is unique.Therapists use a variety of treatments such as equine-assisted psychotherapy, psychodrama and even adventure/ropes courses to help patients achieve freedom from addiction.

Breaking the cycle of addiction is both mental and physical. The Canyon has the resources and talent to help you achieve long-lasting abstinence from addiction. If you or a loved one struggles with heroin abuse or addiction, please call us today.


[1] https://www.getsmartaboutdrugs.gov/content/how-identify-drug-paraphernalia How To Identify Drug Paraphernalia.

[2] https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/heroin Heroin.

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