Substance abuse has become an epidemic in Harford County. Year after year, the rate of deaths caused by alcohol and drug overdoses throughout the county has been increasing, and if this pattern continues, overdoses will soon become the third-leading cause of death in Harford County. Heroin is the most common cause of overdose across Maryland, with fentanyl following closely behind. When it comes to substance abuse, Harford County is experiencing this opioid crisis at full-force.

Addiction Can Affect Anybody

Substance abuse in Harford County affects men and women of all age groups. Although overdoses most commonly occur in adults ages 45 to 54, overdose rates are beginning to drastically increase in the 25 to 34 age group. Drug and alcohol exposure is on the rise for newborn babies as well, with 38.2 out of every 1,000 babies in 2016 born to a mother who used drugs or alcohol during pregnancy. This number is increasing at an alarming rate, since only 4.5 out of every 1,000 babies in 2000 were born exposed to drugs or alcohol.

Recognizing the Signs of Substance Abuse

Those who have an addiction to drugs or alcohol don’t always realize when things have gotten out of hand. By learning to recognize some of the warning signs of addiction and accessing help when necessary, overdoses and death are preventable. The signs can vary depending on both the user and the substance they’re using, but may include:

  • Secretive behavior
  • Relationship, career or financial problems
  • Behavioral changes such as moodiness, aggression or depression
  • Withdrawing from social activities or hobbies
  • Engaging in risky behavior
  • Poor hygiene

Don’t Face Addiction Alone: Get Help Today!

For those who require help, please contact The Bergand Group today. We offer recovery programs for yourself or for others who 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.