Treatment can make it easier to go through heroin withdrawal and give you tools and support to live a life without heroin.
Heroin abuse, or opioid use disorder, is a very serious illness with troubling consequences that can range from financial problems and damaged relationships to incarceration and overdose. If you or someone you care about is struggling with heroin abuse, you are not alone. The number of heroin users in the U.S. has been rising since 2007. From 2002 to 2016, the number of people meeting the criteria for addiction to heroin rose from 214,000 to 626,000.1 Know the signs of heroin use disorder and how to reach out for help if you or someone you love is struggling.
According to the criteria set out in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, there are several specific signs that you may be struggling with an opioid use disorder2, or in other words a heroin addiction. You may be diagnosed with a mild, moderate or severe disorder, depending on how many of these you meet:
If you are concerned that someone you care about may be addicted to heroin, look for these signs. Someone who is misusing a drug can go to great lengths to hide the problems their behaviors cause, so it may be difficult to observe some of these criteria. It’s also important to watch for signs of opioid intoxication, which may be more difficult to hide3:
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