Let’s face it, addicts of any drug have a penchant to be dishonest. This includes heroin addicts.

The fact is, as an addict perpetuates their drug use, there are several signs of heroin use that one should be aware of if they sense a loved one or friend is abusing the drug. Those signs include:

Heroin-related paraphernalia:

  • Burnt spoons
  • Tiny baggies
  • Tan or whitish powdery residue
  • Dark, sticky residue
  • Small glass pipes
  • Syringes
  • Rubber tubing


One of the first signs of heroin use is the addict’s appearance. The person may look tired, lifeless or unkempt. Advanced addicts may appear bizarrely thin and unhealthy. Other notable appearances include:

  • Tiny pupils
  • Sleepy eyes
  • Tendency to nod off
  • Slow breathing
  • Flushed skin
  • Runny nose 


There are some definitive actions that can hint to signs of heroin use in a person. One is the disheveled appearance of themselves and their clothes.

Another sign entails a sort of sneakiness to the addict, where they incorporate a sense of paranoia in their day-to-day activities.

On top of it, addicts also lie quite often, particularly when it comes to denial of their habit.

This type of behavior includes the usual physical ailments that come with an addiction, such as:

  • Vomiting
  • Failure to eat
  • Complaints of nausea

More obvious ailments can also include:

  • Scratching
  • Slurred speech
  • Neglect of grooming
  • Covering arms with long sleeves


Heroin is an involved drug. Preparing for its introduction into the addict’s body, is more than likely the ultimate giveaway that the person has a drug problem.

Heroin addicts need kits to inject the chemical into their bodies. These kits are very distinctive, and we must warn, shocking when first seen. However, if signs are needed that your loved one or friend is a heroin abuser, the kit is the first indicator of their habit. The kits usually include:

  • A powdery or crumbly substance, ranging all the way from off-white to dark brown. Black tar heroin is nearly black and is sticky instead of powdery.
  • Syringes or small glass or metal pipes.
  • Dirty spoons and cigarette lighters lying around.
  • Belts or rubber tubingso that the addict can enlarge their veins before intravenous use of heroin.

If you feel you or a loved one has an issue with heroin, contact BLVD Treatment Centers. At BLVD Treatment Centers we custom tailor our recovery programs within the safe and nurturing confines of our rehab treatment centers. Located throughout California, in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and in Portland, OR, our mission is to assess the severity of your addiction to help you achieve true recovery within 30 days. Call us now at 1-866.582.9844.

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