Some heroin addicts very quickly become the stereotypical junky, and can be easily recognized as drug abusers; many others cannot. The profile of use varies with the individual, and many families have been shocked to learn that their son, sister or uncle has been using heroin without their knowledge. No two addicts will act in the same way, but there are some behavioral signs that may indicate a heroin addiction.
Demonstrating a drastic change?
- Heroin addicts will often change their friends, casting aside old friends for new and seemingly less savory peers.
- Heroin addicts may start wearing sunglasses at inappropriate times or wearing long sleeved shirts even on hot days.
- Changes in behavior may indicate a heroin addiction, and aggressiveness, sullenness and widely oscillating behaviors should be considered as suspect.
- A constant need for money, borrowing small amounts regularly without paying back, lying and stealing may all indicate the financial need of a heroin addiction.
- Abnormal weight loss and odd sleeping patterns, as well as a sedentary lifestyle, a loss of interest in the opposite sex and a disregard for personal appearance may be considered signs of abuse.
The signs of abuse vary by the addict, but if a loved one is demonstrating a drastic change in personality, social behavior, financial behavior and appearance, they may be abusing heroin.
Page last updated Aug 05, 2010