Heroin addiction in Baltimore County may be something you or your loved ones are dealing with. This type of addiction can be dangerous and isolating, and the COVID-19 pandemic probably made things worse for you.
A Look at Heroin Addiction and Its Dangers
Heroin is hugely addictive. In fact, it is the most addictive drug, period, according to many studies. Aside from its addictive potential, the risks of heroin include the following:
- Heroin can cause long-term damage to a person’s blood vessels, liver, and kidney.
- Its use has increased since 2007. This seems to be because people who were prescribed drugs and who could no longer get them later turned to heroin.
- Shared syringes increase the risks of HIV and hepatitis.
- Hypoxia, which is when someone’s breathing drastically slows, is a possible side effect of a heroin overdose. Hypoxia may lead to a coma, permanent damage to the brain, and even death.
- Heroin is a Schedule I drug, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency. The legal consequences of possessing, using, and selling it can be severe. (Schedule I drugs have a high potential for abuse and no currently accepted medical use.)
COVID-19 and Its Impact on Heroin Addiction Treatment
The COVID-19 pandemic and its associated lockdowns decreased treatment accessibility, increased self-medicating, and led to relapses. Social distancing and self-quarantine were more than just inconveniences for many people with heroin addiction.
- Job loss amid pandemic economic distress worsened the issues for many heroin users.
- Being socially isolated heightened fears and anxiety for many users and led to more self-medication and relapses.
- Some people were afraid to venture out into the world for treatment.
- Many doctors’ offices and treatment centers slashed in-person hours and availability. They went mostly or fully online for a while, and not everyone has internet access.
Seek Help for Heroin Addiction in Baltimore County
To learn more about treatment options, get in touch today with The Bergand Group. We help you explore factors such as an individual’s genetics, personality, living situation and pandemic effects to determine which services and types of detox could be most effective. We offer outpatient symptom management, intensive detox, various therapies and programs, and medication management for addiction in Baltimore County.