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do heroin addicts nod when they are dope sick?

My girlfriend is a heroin addict who I suspect may be stealing from me to sustain the amount she likes to use each day. Today she was out of character though, she didn't ask me for any money when she typically wants $60-$100.

She's been nodding all day today and I just asked her why. She told me it's because she's dope sick, and that she hasn't had any heroin all day.

She's really irritable though (usually a sign of doing more than usual for her), and I'm pretty sure I'm missing about $300 from my safe.

So my question is this: is her nodding caused by being dope sick or not?

 

Posted: 12/03/2010 1:34 AM

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In Response to: do heroin addicts nod when they are dope sick?

I would say no. In fact, if you are missing money she has spent it all and may be overdosed. Is she coherent? Take her pulse if you know how. Feel for a beat down by the wrist and count for one full minute.

I have heard someone use the term "dope sick" when they did too much of a drug. But it usually means a person has not had any of their drug and they are feeling the withdrawals.

Posted: 12/03/2010 1:48 AM

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I hope I am not answering twice. I don't see my reply though so ...

Dope sick typically means a person has not used and is ill from not using. I had thought that her nodding was actually from using but I wonder if she is ill instead? As I said before, take her pulse and is her skin cool and clammy or hot to touch?

A heroin addict that has been using fairly large amounts of the drug should NOT go cold turkey. Ask her if she took the money you are missing and that you won't be mad if she did. You have to find out if she is ok.  Sincerely, searchin

Posted: 12/03/2010 2:07 AM

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If she usually asks you for money on a daily basis and today she didn't ask and you are missing $300 dollars from your safe i would think its highly possible that she stole the $300 and bought some H.  Why all of a sudden today would she not ask for the money? Did she say anything about trying to quit? Nodding in and out is a sign of being high on H as im sure you know if you are around her when she uses. Addicts are always irritable especially inbetween fixes..... or if he have to hide using the amount we want to use.  

When ive dealt with my friends being dope sick ive seen some do some nodding but not like when they were high. Most of the time they become irritable and anxious and the only thing on their mind is getting a fix before muscle cramps and sweating starts. If she has a heavy habit and is going cold turkey trust me you would notice. It is not a comfortable feeling and the person goes through hell.

The term dope sick has always been used to around me when people were getting sick because they hadn't had a fix in a while. The whole point of the addicts life is not to become dope sick when it gets to that point. So if she hasn't said anything about quitting i highly doubt she is quitting...

Posted: 12/03/2010 2:47 AM

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I have to agree, not dope sick...I was addicted to heroin for three years and when I was dope sick the only thing on my mind was how and where I going to get my next fix...also nods are from using not withdrawals...when your dope sick you are overly anxious and have insomnia...hope this helps

Posted: 12/03/2010 1:14 PM

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I have to agree with Amanda. I have seen my daughter both ways.

Posted: 12/03/2010 2:13 PM

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