Affect of heroin abusers: is "normal" plausible?
June 1, 2011 7:35 AM Subscribe
Someone in my family is into something (more inside), we're thinking drugs, but his affect is quite normal-seeming. Dredging through my mind thinking of stuff where dependency could look that way, and coming up with heroin. Am i off-base?
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Warning signs are the usual: No money for essentials, but can afford peculiar luxuries (tooth whitener, strange tobacco products); telling lies about money, school, and car accidents to people he has reason to believe won't compare notes (e.g. divorced mother & father); strangers coming to the house with strange stories about why he owes them money; others, I could go into them but they're not the point.
Point is this: How plausible is it that he could be a "functional heroin abuser" (who's advanced to the stage of stealing to support the habit).
Under 21 and no obvious signs of alcohol abuse. Used to be a pothead, and isn't behaving the same way he did when he was using heavily. Frequent nausea and vomiting that he attributes to flu. Frequent migraines. Speech patterns normal, when he comes out of his room, and able to hold coherent conversations without pressured speech. Eyes look normal, though occasionally bloodshot (we assumed either smoking pot on those occasions or being around a lot of cigarette smoke). I wrote off stimulants because of the lack of obvious agitation and that he spends lots of time asleep. Wrote off pot because he looks and acts differently from when he was using pot.