The rates of heroin abuse and addiction among teenagers and young adults have risen significantly over the past several years. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse and 2019 Monitoring the Future Survey, fewer than 1 percent of interviewed 8th, 10th, and 12th graders admitted to using heroin within their lifetimes. However, the National Institute on Drug Abuse also reports that the majority of heroin use throughout the United States is driven by young adults between the ages of 18 and 25. Overall, in the year 2016 alone, 948,000 Americans reported using heroin at least once within the last year.
Information for Parents of Heroin Addicted Daughters
Of these men and women, there were 170,000 first time heroin users – nearly double the number of first-time users recorded during the year 2006. There is no question that heroin abuse and addiction rates have been on the rise. Despite what some individuals may think, no demographic is immune to the devastation of heroin addiction. This insidious and all-consuming disease has affected much middle-class, suburban families – claiming many young lives as the result of overdose-related death.
If you believe that your daughter has been abusing heroin, you must seek professional help as quickly as possible. If you have a suspicion that your daughter might be abusing this potent, illicit chemical substance, but you are still not sure, there are several telltale signs to keep an eye out for.
Signs that Your Daughter is Abusing Heroin
Some of the most common signs that your daughter could be abusing heroin or another opioid-based drug include:
- Physical signs and symptoms like constricted pupils, persistently dry mouth, quick and shallow breathing, and periods of alertness followed by periods of exhaustion and fatigue
- Avoiding eye contact
- Acting to borrow money regularly or stealing money
- Slurred speech and poor coordination
- Hostility, aggression, and irritability
- declining grades in an overall decline and performance at school
- A lack of motivation to participate in activities that were previously enjoyed
- Pieces of paraphernalia hidden in the bathroom or throughout the house, including needles or syringes, spoons, aluminum foil, missing shoelaces, small plastic bags, and pipes
- A lack of attention paid to personal hygiene
- An increased need for privacy, and less time spent with family members or friends
- Randomly appearing to fall asleep or lose consciousness (known as nodding out)
- Noticeable mood changes and mood swings
- A change in sleep patterns are eating patterns, typically marked by weight loss
If some or all of these signs seem familiar, there is a good chance that your daughter has been abusing heroin. Fortunately, Recreate Life Counseling is available to help.
Gender-Specific Addiction Treatment at Recreate Life Counseling
At Recreate Life Counseling, we offer a gender-specific treatment program geared towards helping teenagers and young adults overcome substance abuse and go on to lead healthy, happy, and productive lives as fully functional members of society. We understand that convincing your daughter to go to treatment is not always an easy task. In most cases, young adults who suffer at the hands of serious substance abuse disorder will make the argument that they are young and that they can stop anytime they want to because they are still in control.
You might be watching your daughter fight a losing battle in front of your very eyes, experiencing a wide range of serious interpersonal and health-related consequences – but still, she might refuse to seek professional help. If this is the case, we offer professional intervention services geared towards helping you get your loved one admitted into our recovery program as quickly as possible. Sometimes, all your daughter needs is a little bit of extra encouragement in a controlled setting. For more information on our comprehensive and age-specific addiction treatment program, or to get your daughter the help she needs, please feel free to reach out to Recreate Life Counseling today.