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Heroin: signs of use, symptoms of overdose, how to recognize a drug addict

  1. The first signs of heroin use
  2. Signs of intoxication
  3. Symptoms of heroin overdose and its effects
  4. Heroin addiction rehabilitation

If you suspect your close heroin user, the symptoms below will help you confirm or deny your fears. These things are important to know in time to take action until the body is severely damaged and while the mind and mind are not badly affected.

Heroin is one of the hard drugs that cause addictive and painful breaking. Gradually, the addict becomes sick, unhappy and cut off from the normal world by a man who desperately needs help. Taking drugs is a mistake that is made in trying to improve your existence, in trying to feel better. But this is a trap from which it is difficult to get out. A person needs help, but he rarely asks for it - you need your observant to recognize the “heroine” and reach out to him.

The first signs of heroin use

What does the person who made the injection feel? The first signs of heroin use are:

  1. Sensation of euphoria, dry mouth. Sometimes - vomiting and severe itching;
  2. This is followed by apathy, slow pulse and breathing;
  3. When the effect of the drug weakens, there is a strong desire to take the next dose.
  4. In the absence of the next dose, there is a breakdown, which is expressed in a strong pain in the body (aches), diarrhea and vomiting, and great anxiety.
  5. In subsequent doses, the dose must be constantly increased in order to achieve the desired effect.

Signs of intoxication

Recognize a heroin addict by the symptoms of intoxication, which are similar in all cases, although they vary greatly and depend on the addict's experience and the amount of heroin used.

Addicts try to choose doses that cause only euphoria, but not acting on coordination. In these cases, the person behaves absolutely logical and determine the fact of taking heroin is possible only by the kind of symptoms. With an increase in the dose, he begins to “fall asleep on the move,” falls into prostration, his gestures, reflexes, and speech slow down. It can be difficult to understand what he is saying.

Usually the person who took heroin is good-natured, the world is beautiful for him, he loves everyone.

Understand that a person under heroin, it is possible for his unusual behavior: isolation, immersion in oneself, detachment from being around the world or, on the contrary, excessive sociability, even obsession.

Sometimes there is excessive energy, hypertrophied sensuality and talkativeness. Emotions in such people are stupid, which is also striking.

The addict has the ability to look collected, adequate, managing themselves. But when he remains alone, begins to close his eyes, sleep. In this case, drowsiness is different from the usual lack of yawning. At such moments it may seem that a person is sleeping. But if you call him, he can answer immediately and even support the conversation normally.

When drug intoxication occurs dehydration. The addict often drinks, but in small sips, so as not to cause vomiting. In the corners of the mouth in connection with the concentration of saliva whitish plaque is formed.

  • What are the "heroin"

After taking heroin, the face turns red.

After taking heroin, the face turns red

To determine that a person uses heroin, it is possible by narrowed “to the point” pupils that do not respond to changes in lighting. It lasts from 4 to 12 hours. Because of this, the eyes in a darkened room can be described as: "without a pupil," "lifeless," "glass," "insane."

Taking into account this reaction of pupils, drug addicts disguise it by resorting to behavioral tricks: they lower their eyes, take them aside, do not look the other person in the eyes, use large visors covering half of their faces, dark glasses. Often, to restore the normal appearance of the pupil, use the Bécarbon or Naphthyzine tablets diluted with water, by burying them in the eyes. But the pupils, although they look normal, still do not respond to changes in lighting for 8–20 hours. It happens that the uneven effect of "Bekabbon" leads to different pupil size - this is an indirect sign of a heroin addict.

The addict is itching, itching. This is most noticeable in those who have recently started taking heroin. After 1–1.5 years, this smoothes out, but the redness of the eyelids remains, which, together with the “glass” glitter of the eyes, causes the feeling that the person was crying. Why itch from heroin: any drug is poison and unnaturally affects the nervous system. Nerve channels conduct impulses (commands) from the brain to the nerve endings and back conduct signals about the received perceptions (sensations). Because of the drugs, this connection is broken. The body and its reactions are becoming less and less subject to and understood by man.

The expression on a person who has taken the drug is usually indifferent. Mimic muscles of the face lose their tone, as a result, the corners of the mouth sag, eyebrows and cheeks go down, the person “sags”. Facial expression expresses detachment and immersion in oneself.

Drug use suppresses appetite, desire for sexual contact, self-preservation instincts. A person under the influence of heroin usually does not eat. The exceptions are confectionery, candy, chocolate. Addicts can be constipated due to the effects of heroin on the body.

Another serious sign of a person under heroin is traces of injections that remain on the skin after injections. Many drug addicts try to make injections in those places that are usually hidden from the eyes - under the arms, in the groin, etc. They also often inject in the same place, resulting in a non-healing hole (“well”), which they cherish and do not cure. Injection traces can also be hidden under tinting creams, scratches, tattoos, felt-tip pens or ballpoint pens.

Symptoms of heroin overdose and its effects

Overdose symptoms appear a few minutes after the injection of heroin:

  • confusion;
  • blue nails and lips;
  • dry mouth;
  • skin turns pale;
  • person tends to sleep;
  • shallow breathing;
  • weakness in the body and slow movements, convulsions;
  • pressure drops;
  • pulse becomes more rare.

The consequences of an overdose are cardiac arrest and pulmonary edema.

First of all, call an ambulance. Next, place the person sideways on a flat surface. If there is breathing and pulse, open the collar to make breathing easier. The tongue should not be sunken in the throat, if there is an emetic mass, it is necessary to free the mouth from them. To bring a person to life, pound his ears, pat his cheeks. Breathe in and talk to him to keep him awake. If there is no pulse and breathing, and the pupils are wide, perform artificial respiration and an indirect heart massage, waiting for an ambulance.

Heroin addiction rehabilitation

Our Center cooperates with the Department of Narcology, in which very experienced doctors work. The withdrawal of heroin or methadone withdrawal occurs in a gentle way. And this is a very important point. The soft way involves the absence of potent psychotropic drugs, the use of which in itself, after lifting the withdrawal, causes severe depression. Man does not enter into unconsciousness. He will quite comfortably overcome the symptoms of refusing to take drugs in 5–7 days, while being fully conscious and can communicate with him about what needs to be done after the withdrawal of withdrawal. This is also a very important point. Since withdrawal of withdrawal alone is not enough to stop using drugs.

Drugs quit is not difficult! How to learn not to start using them again and how to live without them? That is the question!

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