For those who don’t have any personal experience with addiction – whether themselves or loved ones – it may be difficult to understand the severity of different kinds of drugs. However, heroin addiction in Baltimore is one of the most difficult kinds of addiction to treat as a result of both a powerful physical and psychological reliance on the drug that develops through continued use. 

The Huge Risks of Heroin Addiction in Baltimore and Beyond

The withdrawal symptoms associated with heroin can occur mere hours after the last use of the drug, and in order to avoid the extreme pain and physical discomfort, addicts become caught in a cycle of using over and over to “beat” their withdrawal. Among other things, withdrawal from heroin can subject addicts to muscle pain, bone pain, abdominal cramps, vomiting, sweating, and extreme agitation.

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 the effects of heroin addiction in Baltimore, 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.