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The Unavoidable Truth: Is My Spouse a Heroin Addict?
Signs of a Heroin Addict
It’s hard for people to accept that their loved ones may have a heroin addiction. Rather than turn a blind eye, it’s important for them to look for potential red flags.
Physical signs are sometimes the easiest for people to spot. For example, heroin constricts the pupils for about four hours after use. Users may also exhibit shallow breathing and confusion. Other physical symptoms can include:
- Muscle cramps
Spouses should also look for track marks. These are the marks and bruises that needles leave behind. They typically show up on heroin users’ arms, but they can also appear elsewhere. Additionally, the veins near the track marks are more sensitive.
Overusing heroin makes the arm veins smaller. Once this happens, users have to find different places to inject. One common alternate area is in between the toes. This area is hard for people to spot, which makes it easy for users to hide.
Junkie slang is another common sign of heroin abuse. Heroin has many street names. Some common ones include “Junk”, “Skag”, “Dope” and “Brown Sugar”. Sometimes, they give the drug a name such as “Charley” or “Dr. Feelgood”.
Heroin use itself also has different names. For example, “skin-popping” means injecting heroin just below the surface of the skin. Another common term is “chasing the dragon,” which means to smoke heroin.
There are even names for mixing heroin with other drugs. “Speedballing” involves injecting a mixture of cocaine and heroin into the body. Hearing someone use these terms on a regular basis should be serious warning signs.
Heroin Treatment at Memphis Recovery
At Memphis Recovery, we specialize in substance abuse treatment that carters to our clients’ needs. Our non-profit business model allows us to offer focused programs. Some of the other services that we provide include:
- Music and art therapy
- Dual diagnosis and trauma therapy
- Youth treatment program
- Adult treatment programs
Reach out to us to help your spouse start the journey to recovery. Don’t let heroin control your or your spouse’s life any longer. Contact Memphis Recovery at 866-304-8254.