Someone you care deeply for has been acting a little bit unusual as of late. They might be behaving differently; sleeping long hours, avoiding their friends and family and seeming excessively disheveled in appearance. Maybe they have stopped showing up to work on time — or even at all. You know in your gut something is amiss, but you aren’t sure exactly what. Then one day, as you are tidying up the bathroom, you notice some stained cotton balls in the garbage. Several days later you find a hypodermic needle. These are clear indications your loved one has been using drugs intravenously.
Over the course of the past several years, rates of intravenous heroin use have been skyrocketing throughout the U.S. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, roughly 948,000 Americans reported using heroin in 2016. This number has been on the rise since 2007. The majority of current heroin users are young adults between the ages of 18 and 25. If you believe someone you love has been abusing heroin, Guardian Recovery Network is available to help. We offer a range of treatment options across the country, from medically monitored detox services through intensive outpatient treatment and aftercare. Because heroin addiction progresses rapidly and is responsible for an increasing number of overdose deaths across the country, seeking professional treatment sooner rather than later is extremely important.
The first step is determining whether or not your loved one is abusing heroin, and knowing what signs and symptoms to look for can help immensely. We have completed a guide focused on how to identify heroin paraphernalia — if you have any additional questions, directly at any point in time.