Signs of a Heroin Addict

signs of a heroin addictOpium has been used since the Neolithic Age.  Numerous ancient cultures used the drug, extracted from the opium poppy, as a pain reliever. Healers at that time would administer the substance to their patients when performing surgeries and amputations. The drug was used in this unprocessed form until the 1860s, when chemists began to synthesize it, more precisely isolating its active ingredient, morphine. After this point, morphine became an injectable, better-measured drug that could be prescribed and administered with far more predictable results.

Heroin is, essentially, morphine. The difference is that heroin is about three times stronger than morphine and it can enter the brain a lot faster.If you or someone you know is hooked on heroin, it’s time to get help. Heroin is so potent and its highly addictive qualities have contributed to the deaths of such popular celebrities as: Jim Morrison, Lenny Bruce, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kurt Cobain, John Belushi and Janis Joplin. No one is immune to its insidious power. Luckily, the signs of a heroin addict can be quite obvious.

When you suspect someone you know and care about of using heroin, it can be beneficial when seeking help to know the signs of a heroin addict.  This information can be useful to an Interventionist, emergency room, detox center, treatment center, therapist and especially in instances regarding medical conditions.Read more: Heroin Treatment Rehab

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While symptoms of addiction vary from person to person, there are many behavioral changes to watch for:

Covering Up

If the person you suspect of using heroin begins to wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants even during warm weather and/or refuses to wear a bathing suit, this may be a sign that he or she is covering physical proof where needles are being inserted into veins. This is one of the most common signs of a heroin addict.

Losing Weight

Quick, unexpected weight loss may be due to any number of reasons, but this is a key symptom in heroin abusers. The typical addict does not have much of an appetite for food, desiring only the drug. As a result of poor sleep and lack of proper nutrition, the user may experience poor immune function, which can lead to chronic health problems such as runny nose and loss of energy or acute, sudden-onset symptoms such as heart attack and collapsing veins.

Changes in Behavior

Often, heroin addicts will experience manic-depressive-like behavior. One minute they are hyper, the next fatigued. When confronted, they may lie to keep their addiction a secret.

Scabs and Bruises

Due to diminished strength and coordination associated with heroin use, the addict will often be covered in bruises due to falling and bumping into things, and scabs from picking at their skin, which mostly itches due to poor hygiene.

Don’t think this can happen to you or someone you know? Almost one in four people who try heroin become addicted. If you try it even once, watch yourself for the signs of a heroin addict and seek out treatment to prevent an irreversible problem.Source: Drug Abuse

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