Heroin Addiction Treatment

The current opioid epidemic has been taking more and more lives each year. It began when the makers of Oxycontin flooded the market with the drug, marketing it as having a low potential for abuse. When a crackdown on the Oxycontin followed, many Oxycontin addicts turned to heroin as a cheaper alternative.

Today drugs overall are the leading cause of accidental death in the country with many professionals pointing to heroin and other synthetic opioids such as fentanyl for the majority of these deaths. Drugs now kill more people each year in America than guns and cars and became the leading cause of accidental death in 2009, although many were not aware of this.

 The reason why: Opiate addiction historically happens away from mainstream media headquarters, usually taking place in small country towns. The worst statistic taking place in West Virginia were they experienced 41.5 deaths per 100,00 residents in the state. 

Don’t let drug addiction be the end for your loved one. Get them into treatment before it is too late. There is a solution to drug addiction. Narconon Louisiana can help. Call us today at if you suspect your loved one is addicted to heroin. Below is a list of the physiological symptoms and the signs of heroin abuse. These signs and symptoms were compiled from surveys done from former heroin addicts:

The physiological symptoms of heroin abuse may include:

1. Pinned pupils

2. Constant scratching of arms, maybe nose if heroin is snorted

3. Always sick with flu-like symptoms from withdrawal

4. Nodding out or falling asleep at inappropriate times

5. Bruises in the crook of arms, anywhere on the arms, between toes, on the neck—bruising will be at any injection site

6. Hands swelling or abscesses on arms and hands

7. Track marks

8. No appetite

9. Vomiting

10. Leg Spasms

11. Constipation

12. Diarrhea (when withdrawing)

13. Sunken eyes

14. Emotionless

Signs which may indicate the use of heroin:

1. Finding wax paper bags with designs on them (East Coast)—called stamp bags

2. Tiny Ziploc bags (½” x ½”) with powdered or tar residue inside. Residue may be brownish or black.

3. Small pieces of balled up foil lying around

4. Sugar cravings—eating all the sweets in the house

5. Can’t find spoons in the silverware drawer

6. Spoons that have black spots on the back of them or bent spoons

7. Orange caps (from a syringe) lying around

8. Cigarettes with part of the butt missing

9. Dollar bills rolled up like a straw

10. Long-sleeve shirts in inappropriate weather

11. Always needing money or “lost” the money they just were paid or received

12. Burn holes in pants (from back of spoon)

13. Pawn tickets lying around

14. Not taking phone calls in the presence of others and hiding the caller ID

15. Family missing checks or credit cards or any items of value such as jewelry, tools or items not used every day

16. Turning down AC in the house to very low

17. Change in friends especially to ones that don’t come around

18. Drops out of groups, clubs

19. No coin change lying around when there used to be

20. Prescription bottles of antibiotics with a different person’s name (usually taken to prevent infections from needle use abscesses)

If you have witnessed a loved one showing any of the above signs of heroin or other drug abuse call us today. These drugs are extremely life threatening do not wait to get your loved one treatment.



Aaron has been writing drug education articles and documenting the success of the Narconon program for over two years.