Maryland is ranked as one of the top five states for opioid-related deaths, and in 2017 there were 1,985 opioid overdoses. Synthetic opioids, mainly fentanyl, are the cause of these deaths. If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse in Harford County, The Bergand Group can help you end the cycle.

The Signs and Symptoms of Substance Abuse

Addiction, or substance dependence, is the inability to control the use of a substance and personality, genetics, and living circumstances play a significant role. Opiate addiction is tied to physical pain and painkillers such as Oxycontin, Morphine, and Oxycodone are opiate-based. The body will build a tolerance for the drug that results in needing a higher and higher dose each time it is used. Physical and mental addiction is then formed and it is classified as a neurological disease.

The signs of opioid addiction may not be obvious, but the user may seem lethargic, drowsy, and experience weight loss or weight gain. Withdrawal symptoms include anxiety, nausea, sweating, pains, and agitation. During the first stage of detox, these symptoms are the most uncomfortable. Suboxone may be prescribed during a rehabilitation program to combat the pain that comes with opiate withdrawal symptoms.

The Steps to Receiving Treatment

First, an intervention is usually held which is when family members, friends, and significant others discuss the behavior of the user and how it affected their loved ones. It’s a motivator for the user to receive the help they need to live a happy and healthy life. After an intervention, the next step is drug treatment that entails both medical and therapeutic methods. Drug treatment varies in length, depending on the needs of the individual and what the addiction specialist deems necessary. Family is recommended to be a part of the rehabilitation process so they can support their loved one and create healthy dynamics.

The Bergand Group: Help For Substance Abuse in Harford County

The Bergand Group is the best Baltimore location for recovering from any substance abuse problems. We have more than twenty years of experience treating the physical symptoms of substance abuse and improving the mental and psychological well being of those suffering. For more information about our programs, contact us today.

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.