My Child is Dead, I Had No Idea He Even Did Heroin

” I had no idea my child was doing heroin, now he’s dead.” said a mother to me last night on the telephone.  More and more I am hearing mothers and fathers say that they didn’t have a clue their child was doing heroin until its too late.  These families are finding out their children have passed away and oh, it was an apparent heroin overdose.  Often the families don’t even believe it’s true until the toxicology reports come back. They had no idea.

What are the signs that your child could have an opioid addiction or that they are experimenting with drugs of any kind?

Physical and health signs of drug abuse

  • Eyes that are bloodshot or pupils that are smaller or larger than normal.
  • Frequent nosebleeds could be related to snorted drugs (meth or cocaine).
  • Changes in appetite or sleep patterns.  Sudden weight loss or weight gain.
  • Seizures without a history of epilepsy.
  • Deterioration in personal grooming or physical appearance.
  • Impaired coordination, injuries/accidents/bruises that they won’t or can’t tell you about-  they don’t know how they got hurt.
  • Unusual smells on breath, body, or clothing.
  • Shakes, tremors, incoherent or slurred speech, impaired or unstable coordination.

Behavioral signs of alcohol or drug abuse

  • Skipping class, declining grades, getting in trouble at school.
  • Drop in attendance and performance at work–loss of interest in extracurricular activities, hobbies, sports or exercise–decreased motivation.
  • Complaints from co-workers, supervisors, teachers or classmates.
  • Missing money, valuables, prescription or prescription drugs, borrowing and stealing money.
  • Acting isolated, silent, withdrawn, engaging in secretive or suspicious behaviors.
  • Clashes with family values and beliefs.
  • Preoccupation with alcohol and drug-related lifestyle in music, clothing, and posters.
  • Demanding more privacy, locking doors and avoiding eye contact.
  • Sudden change in relationships, friends, favorite hangouts, and hobbies.
  • Frequently getting into trouble (arguments, fights, accidents, illegal activities).
  • Using incense, perfume, air freshener to hide the smell of smoke or drugs.
  • Using eyedrops to mask bloodshot eyes and dilated pupils.

Psychological warning signs of alcohol or drug abuse

  • Unexplained, confusing change in personality and/or attitude.
  • Sudden mood changes, irritability, angry outbursts or laughing at nothing.
  • Periods of unusual hyperactivity or agitation.
  • Lack of motivation; inability to focus, appears lethargic or “spaced out.”
  • Appears fearful, withdrawn, anxious, or paranoid, with no apparent reason.
Now obviously many of these things could mean something other than drug use.  The purpose of this list is to just give you something to think about and to watch for.  Always remember that you can buy a drug test at most drug stores and even buy a test for just marijuana at stores like the Dollar Tree for just a dollar.  These tests are great for teens who hopefully would start small with drugs like Pot.
If you suspect heroin use pay close attention to your spoons, because they use them to cook the heroin before injecting.  Spoons missing  won’t matter if they are not using by injection yet but it wouldn’t hurt to count the spoons in your silverware drawer.
Please pay close attention to your children and loved ones.  You don’t want to find out your loved one had a drug problem the same day that you find that they have overdosed and it’s too late to help.


Author: Recovery Reports


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