The Importance of Drug Addiction Treatment
Drug addiction is plaguing the U.S. now as much as it’s ever been, especially when it comes to heroin and prescription opiates. Cocaine, crack and meth addiction are continually a threat as well, and then there’s Ecstasy, which is thriving on the club scene and at music festivals. Additionally, marijuana use is on the rise since it’s becoming legal for medical and even recreational purposes in many states.
Since America’s drug issues don’t appear to be going away anytime soon, it’s important to offer accessible and affordable care to anyone who could benefit from expert guidance in kicking a drug habit. A structured rehabilitation program at a reputable facility is what’s going to help people heal and move forward with their lives without being weighed down by drug use.
How Bad Is America’s Drug Addiction Problem?
Due to the often-private nature of drug use, it’s hard to determine exactly how many people are using a certain type of substance each year. However, if you look at treatment center admissions data for the entire U.S., you’ll get a rough idea of which substances are being abused more than others.
Here’s the most recent treatment admissions data provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):
- In 2013, nearly 317,000 people were admitted with heroin cited as their primary source of addiction.
- That same year, marijuana came in second among all drugs with more than 280,000 people being admitted for this type of addiction primarily.
- Just over 100,000 people were admitted that year for cocaine abuse primarily, which was actually less than the number of people admitted for primary opiate addiction (nearly 155,000) and for methamphetamine and amphetamines (nearly 140,000).
- In total, there were just short of 1.7 million people admitted for substance abuse treatment (including alcohol) in 2013. The year prior, there were actually more than 1.8 individuals admitted for such treatment.
Drug Abuse in Maryland and the Northeast
Since Maryland Recovery caters to treatment seekers in “The Old Line State” as well as the Northeast, it’s worth taking a quick look at how drug abuse is affecting this region of the country. Here are some recent stats to keep in mind:
- Heroin is the most commonly cited drug when it comes to treatment admissions in Maryland. The same goes for several other Northeastern states, such as New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and more, according to SAMHSA.
- According to the CDC, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maine and Virginia all saw significant jump in the rate of drug overdose deaths from 2013 to 2014.
- More than 1,250 Marylanders died of a drug overdose in 2015, an increase of 21 percent from the year prior, according to the state’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
- Nearly 750 of those deaths in 2015 were related to heroin overdose, a large jump from the 578 such deaths in 2014.
- The opioid drug fentanyl was responsible for 340 overdose deaths in Maryland in 2015.
- The number of drug overdose deaths in Maryland in 2015 was nearly double the 2010 tally.
What Are Common Withdrawal Symptoms with Drug Use?
Being addicted to any drug will cause withdrawals when one tries to refrain from using for a few days (or hours). Each drug comes with different withdrawal symptoms and how long they take to appear, but there are several common symptoms when looking at drug addiction as a whole. Also worth noting is many drugs carry the risk of death when the user overdoses, and they all break down the body and the brain after prolonged, frequent use.
When it comes to withdrawals, some common symptoms across all types of drugs include:
- Irritable mood
- Difficulty breathing
- Muscle tension
The Solution: Our Drug Rehab Center’s Unique Program
Drug addiction treatment at Maryland Recovery stands apart from what you would find at other drug rehab centers. We combine aspects of outpatient treatment with the benefits of inpatient treatment. It’s a program we like to call “residential outpatient” treatment.
Our clients can expect to spend the day being treated in our outpatient drug rehab facility before returning to the luxury of our nearby residential housing facility in the picturesque, quiet town of Bel Air, Maryland.
This approach to drug addiction treatment gives the recovering addict the ability to separate their professional care from their living conditions. Yet, our program still provides the structure necessary to make long-term recovery achievable. We’ve seen excellent results using this unique approach and thanks to our expert treatment professionals.
We Treat Numerous Types of Drug Addiction
While drug addiction treatment needs to be individualized, the team at Maryland Recovery specializes in treating myriad forms of substance abuse. See the list of what we treat below. Some of the following items link to pages where you can learn more about that type of treatment:
When Drug Detox Treatment Is Needed
Drug withdrawals can by physically dangerous, even life-threatening. In cases of serious addiction, medically supervised detox may be necessary before treatment starts. Although Maryland Recovery does not offer on-site drug detox, our medical professionals can help determine if this form of treatment is necessary for you or a loved one.
We’ll help direct you to a trusted drug detox program near you, after which you’d be eligible to be admitted into our unique residential outpatient treatment program, which lasts as long as 90 days. At Maryland Recovery, we’re ready to give you the tools and knowledge to make drug addiction a distant memory and to live a more sound life – physically, mentally and spiritually.