Is my loved one using drugs?

Before I begin to tell my story, I want you to know the signs of drug use. I can tell you first hand that almost every single one of the things listed below is something I witnessed and experienced with the love of my life.  I was a total innocent when it came to drugs and drug paraphernalia, but quickly became an expert.  My life became looking for these signs by searching his car, searching our home, searching through his phone for messages to drug dealers.  In short, he relapsed and I fell into the madness of the life of an addict.  I became just as obsessed with his drug use and well-being as his drive was to get more drugs by lying, cheating, stealing and pawning.  We both lost ourselves in this living nightmare and heroin takes no prisoners. She is a bitch that does not give two shits about your social status, your money, your family or your life.  You could have grown up in the backwoods of Virginia or in Beverly Hills.  This epidemic affects anyone and everyone.  So next time you look at someone who you think is just a disgusting “junkie”, remember that could be your child, husband, wife, or you.  In the blink of an eye, you could lose your loved one over this horrific disease that usually starts off innocently.  Perhaps a broken arm where you are prescribed an opiate drug?  You heal, but you’re addicted to the pain meds and cannot get them any longer.  You then move on to heroin because it’s accessible and gives you an even better high.  Miss Heroin clings to you like an obsessed lover and does not let go.  It’s a war we are battling every single day and I am afraid we are losing.

Signs of Heroin Use


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


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


  • Vomiting
  • Scratching
  • Slurred speech
  • Complaints of constipation
  • Complaints of nausea
  • Neglect of grooming
  • Failure to eat
  • Covering arms with long sleeves