How Can I Help a Loved One Struggling with Heroin Addiction?

When you suspect your loved is addicted to heroin it can take time until you understand what is happening, and you may feel powerless as you watch him or her struggle. It’s important not to get discouraged and to know that you’re not alone. Knowing to recognize the signs and symptoms of heroin addiction and having appropriate information about treatment options can make a world of a difference in providing timely treatment interventions.

Signs and Symptoms of Heroin Addiction Include:

  • Injuries and accidents due to violence associated with heroin use and distribution
  • Difficulties in sexual functioning
  • Drowsiness
  • Itchy skin; scratching
  • Slurred speech
  • Persistently tiny or constricted pupils
  • Euphoria followed by apathy and depression
  • Impaired memory or attention
  • Neglect of work, school or home responsibilities
  • Less participation in previously enjoyed social or recreational activities

If you have observed these signs and symptoms you may be wondering how and when to confront your loved one to get them the help he or she needs. Although confrontational interventions are not ideal, if your efforts to have your loved one accept treatment are unsuccessful, you should consider seeking the help of an interventionist. Heroin addiction is one of the most pervasive types of addiction and requires professional help. Getting detox and long term treatment, preferably at a facility that offers inpatient rehabilitation with comprehensive programs to treat any co-occurring mental health condition, will provide your loved one with the best chances for a successful recovery.

 In case you decide to talk to your loved one first, without the help of an interventionist, the following may help you in your communications:

  • Educate yourself about the disease of addiction as much as possible beforehand
  • Be empathetic and non-judgmental
  • Tell your loved one how the addiction is affecting everyone
  • Be mindful of his/her positive qualities
  • Use positive reinforcement to promote positive behavior
  • Have your final arrangements of treatment ready with the rehab facility of your choice

Caring for a heroin user and exploring treatment solutions can be quite challenging and overwhelming, but remember, as an active addict, your loved one will most likely not be able to reach out for help. You will often be the only person who can help. If you are ready to help your loved one, consider our drug and alcohol treatment facility, Florida Center for Recovery. We can provide you with all the information necessary to proceed with an assessment and admissions. You can call our addiction treatment helpline at 800-851-3291 and ask any questions you may have regarding our compressive and specialized inpatient programs. You may also browse through our website to learn more about us. Since opening our doors in 2002, we have worked to provide the most effective treatment, in a nurturing environment, helping those suffering from addiction and mental health disorders to recover with respect and dignity.