What are some signs i can look for to see if my b/f is shooting up. I recently found some things that lead me to believe he might be. But what can i look at ( like hjis arm ) to see if he is. What would the arm look like? Could there be just a small pimple like scar or would there definetly be a bruise (markings?)? Where are the major spots he might shoot up.. any info you have to help me look on him (not supplies needed cuz obviously we know what that would look like) to see if he is would help me because i need to stop this if its happening or we are done... Thank you
depends on how much he shoots up/rather how often...if someone has to work there r veins all over the body to use..even in the feet etc....most ften a person will use their arms...there will be like track marks if a vein has been used alot..it will become hardened and it appears almost scar like but linear like a vein is....a person who shoots often will use the easy veins up so they have to start looking round the rest of the body..if he does it only on occasion then one vein will last a long time so u would not be able to tell unless u checked his arm within 24 hrs or so after he shot up...most common vein a junkie uses is his antecubital vein///the inner part of the elbow as it is a large vein for most/and not painful..others use their hands which are usually very noticeable cos as a rule it can blow the vein and it also hurts in the hand so most avoid the hand...the forearm is another place...also some have good veins in their tricep area..i do not shoot up LOL...but i am a nurse and have started a ton of IVs and drawn tons of blood from people so i know where to look..i also know when people have calcified their veins...they r hard as a rock and basically not functional
ok this might sound dumb but i think i've seen this track mark.. i really didn't get to look long since to me i feel like he's not really letting me look.. i saw something that looked strange on his arm and when i went to grab his arm he kinda played it off saying it happened at work awhile ago and kinda pulled it away.. lol.. damn it.. but what i kinda thought i got to see was like a small popped pimple kinda look (lol u know.. when you pop a pimple, small but what would look like to be where the needle went it) and then i saw a line going sorta going up from where the elbow on the inside bends and it kinda looked like a long thin scab look.. does this sound like what your saying. My stomach is turning :(
i didn't get a great look but i don't think so... but i saw something that looked strange on his arm and when i went to grab his arm he kinda played it off saying it happened at work awhile ago and kinda pulled it away.. lol.. damn it.. but what i kinda thought i got to see was like a small popped pimple kinda look (lol u know.. when you pop a pimple, small but what would look like to be where the needle went it) and then i saw a line going sorta going up from where the elbow on the inside bends and it kinda looked like a long thin scab look..
when someone has access to fresh needles and decent veins they can shoot for a long time as long as they know what they are doing.in most cases thought, a right handed person will shoot in the crook of their left arm and vice versa. trust your instincts. good luck. sway
Tonight I was with my boyfriend and I tried to take his shirt off, but he was very hesitant. Then after a while of him being shirtless I caught a glimpse of his arms and noticed the same thing that richsgurl was describing. there were two dots on his veins and then one scab going along another vein and then on his right arm there was one dot. I, stupidly, accused him of shooting up and he got really red and denied it and just kept saying 'i cant believe you would think that'. I have no idea what to do because my gut is telling me that he is shooting up but I really do not want to ruin my relationship by pushing the matter. And now thinking about it lately when we have had sex he turns the lights off, which he never used to do, and he sleeps in long sleeve shirts. please help.
i have recently found a spoon under the seat of my bfs car. he swears he didnt shoot up tho. says he was just seeing if an oxy would break down and whn it didnt he said he just drank the liquid. my ? to him was why would u try to do that if u werent going to shoot it? He swears on his family he hasnt done it since we have been together. which is 1 yr. can someone plz tell me signs to look for in his behavior
I really want you to get the support you need - so I think it's a good idea if you ask your question about all of this on a new thread - all you have to do is click on "post a question" and type it in there. That way a lot of members will see it and can respond to you quicker since this is an old thread.
My son is an IV drug abuser (not even sure what he shoots up, he lies so much) says he's clean (all on his own) but his behavior screams different. His pupils are always pinned and recently, they've been huge even in the sun. I know he is still using but not where he use to on his hand and arm, are there any other places a user can hide their track marks? What are the most common?
The biggest give away is trac marks of course, but the other is his overall demeanor. moody, gets mad easily, short fuse, anxiety, shakey hands, broke all the time, starts selling and pawning everything.
keep him away from his friends and don't allow him out of your sight for a day or two. Once he starts going into detox you'll really know. it will seem as if he has suddenly caught a real bad flu. watery eyes, runny nose, sudden diariah attack, and often after that. Chills, hot flashes, he won't be able to sit still. He'll have to fix real soon at that point. OR, he'll have some subs and be able to fool you.
Incredible information all in one thread! I was the RN at the county jail for three years and it was a real education. My drug abuse patients (I NEVER called them inmates) were very open with me and always answered my questions like they were talking to a little sister (even though I was older than many of them). They were very protective of me, and I loved them dearly. They told me everything they knew about drugs, which was a virtual encyclopedia. To richsgurl: Thank God your boyfriend has a little angel like you in his corner. I don't have much to add about injecting, except that I did have one patient who shot up in her neck, so check your boyfriend there, too. She'd puff her cheeks out and hold her breath to make the jugular vein stand out and shot there. It's a huge vein. She always used clean or sterile needles, and other than a little greenish bruising you had to look hard for, it was hard to see that she had been using for several years. Some of my boys and girls had big tracks, some not. They were dark bluish gray; some were kind of faded or smudged looking, some were clear like a highway on a roadmap. The track marks felt hard or rubbery to the touch. Also, if a person does injections ("skin popping", which is shallow, or intramuscular if deeper, using a longer needle), addicts have favorite spots, and those places will feel hard or lumpy. To get back to you richsgurl, it depends what your loved one is shooting, and how many times a day. If it's something short-acting (or if they have a bunch of $$$ to spend!), they inject several times a day, and believe me, you'll see signs of it soon. Physical and emotional. Just try your best to keep the lines of communication open with your boyfriend, and be as open and non-judgmental as possible. However, you need to think really hard about what your boundaries are with him if he is using, and be very straightforward with him about what you are going to do if you find out he is using. And you cannot back down from your position or he'll think you aren't serious and ignore what you have to say. Each one of you who contributed to this thread has knowledge learned through pain. Thank you so much for sharing it.
I don't want to sound harsh to any of you that are questioning whether or not someone is shooting up. Most of us, though, push our gut feelings aside and believe the addict. It's human nature. You love someone and you want to believe them. But the truth almost always is in your gut. If you have a reason to think that, you're probably right. Addicts are fantastic liars. My ex would swear on his own children ... and the thing is, he probably believed it or wanted to believe it himself. But I got the shock of my life when he was admitted to a hospital and they did blood work and the doctor came and told me everything he was on and in the amounts, and I nearly passed out. And nevertheless I STILL stayed and listened to more lies for more years to come. It's fine to support someone and help, but don't neglect listening to your gut! Make sure you take care of yourself.
Always making trips to get the drugs "im going to the gas station FOR THE 5TH TIME" always taking extra long "*****" in the bathroom. And heres the kicker...he now has alot of bottled water and he will take it in the bathroom with him. You must have purified water to do this. As far as "marks" yes everyone has seen the photos but there are places he can shoot and youll never know, most people trying to hide it arent going for the typical inside elbow spot, think feet,under tounge, under finger nails (ouch) but true. So look at behavior vs. "Marks"
if someone has been shooting up in their feet will there be a sore?my boyfriend has had a been sore on the corner of his foot and at first i thought it could have been athlets feet but it has been there for a month or longer
I think my bf has been shooting up. He leaves all hours of the night and is hanging with people who use oxy. He swares no way. The other day I confronted him when I found out he had been to the druggy house. He flew off the handle and got very violent. What are other signs? He acts normal with lots of energy normally
Nobody shoots up under their finger or toenails, that is a myth. And a person doesn't need purified water to shoot up. The other info, like frequent bathroom breaks that take long, very true. Also, pinned eyes, scratching their face or rubbing their nose are big signs. Most addicts can hide it from close loved ones for long periods of times. If you are suspicious, go with your gut, most likely they are doing exactly what you think. But, you don't want to believe it. One way to find out is snoop, look for hidden items in the bathroom or bedroom. Light fixtures, cieling tiles, inside socks or clothes hanging in closet.
My son has sores all over his face, legs and arms, now it's to the point that his legs are swollen and infected and he can't hardly walk, I know he is using, I snooped in his room after he went and pawned all my Harley boots, jackets, power tools and god only knows what else, I wanted him to go to the hospital and get checked and he kept saying no, he claims he is feeling better, I have called hospitals, treatment centers and talked with friends and unless he has a boat load of money or real good insurance he can't get help... I am watching my son die right in front of me and don't know what to do....
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