Signs of Heroin Addiction
Heroin addiction is not always obvious. As with other addictive substances, users can function on a day-to-day basis for a while, but over time this becomes much more difficult. The numerous, but sometimes hard to detect, side effects of heroin use are what a concerned person needs to look for in the person they suspect may be using.
Signs of heroin use – the first signs of addiction are changes in usual behavior. Users can become unpredictably moody and withdrawn. Users tend to seek other users, so old friends may no longer come around and new friends may unexpectedly appear. Addicts may also become restless and agitated and react aggressively to anyone who expresses concern.
To a heroin addict, nothing is as important as heroin. They may lie and steal to get the next hit and are in a vicious cycle of emotional highs and lows. They may skip work or other responsibilities due to the highs, lows, and all-consuming desire.
There may also be obvious signs of drug use. The most common method of taking heroin is to inject it – the street term is skin-popping – and needles always leave a mark.