As the opioid epidemic rages on, people who are unable to afford prescription pills – or who are denied access to them by doctors – end up turning to heroin, which is cheaper and more accessible. This dangerous transition has lead to more instances of heroin addiction in Baltimore County and in the city than ever, providing plenty of work for local recovery centers.

The Development of Heroin Addiction in Baltimore County

Even for those without personal experience with drug use, it can be easier to identify signs of heroin use than the use of other substances. The signs of heroin addiction can be very pronounced, particularly because there may be physical markers, such as track marks and wounds at the sight of injection. Aside from needle marks, additional signs of a heroin addiction might also be fatigue, lack of awareness (of self-image, hygiene, consequences of one’s actions, etc.), disorientation, vomiting, labored breathing, depression/suicidal thoughts, and slurred speech.

Because heroin addiction is extremely physically and mentally destructive, seeking proper treatment is key in order to set an addict on the road to recovery. Heroin detox is the first step of most rehabilitation programs; through detox, the addict will work to overcome the physical dependence on heroin. This must happen first before they can successfully approach the deeper, psychological ties that they feel towards their addiction. These issues can be addressed through therapy and counseling; a combination of all these aspects of rehabilitation can help those suffering to overcome their heroin addiction.

To learn more about options for treatment for heroin addiction in Baltimore County and other parts of Maryland, contact The Bergand Group. We offer recovery programs for yourself or for others or are seeking education materials about addictions. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction treatment and recovery center and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues, including direction for those who may be denying an addiction.  We can help you to work through your addiction in a safe and healthy environment where everyone is committed to your care.

About The Bergand Group:

At The Bergand Group in Baltimore and Harford County, Maryland, our therapists have more than twenty years of experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and appropriate care for addictive disorders. We offer both alcohol rehab and drug rehabilitation. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance addiction, there is help available. We also offer several other services, including family therapy and counseling. We can help. Contact us today.