Heroin Abuse Stats and Facts to Be Aware Of

When talking about the treatment of heroin addiction, it’s important to know the scope of what we’re up against. Maryland Recovery not only caters to recovering addicts in our home state, but many of our clients come from all over the Northeast. So, as we look at a few national heroin-related stats and facts, we’re going to have a particular focus on Maryland and the greater Northeast:

  • Heroin is not only the most commonly cited drug for treatment admissions in Maryland, but in many of the other Northeastern states as well, such as Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, etc., according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA),
  • Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Maine all saw a significant percentage increase in drug overdose deaths from 2013 to 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • From 2010 to 2014, heroin-related overdose deaths have more than tripled, according to the CDC.
  • Heroin overdose death rates in the U.S. rose by 26 percent from 2013 to 2014.
  • Maryland had 578 residents die because of heroin overdose in 2014, according to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
  • Among new heroin users in the U.S., about three out of four report abusing prescription opioids prior to trying heroin, according to the CDC.
  • Middle-aged, non-Hispanic whites typically account for the highest rate of heroin overdose deaths in the U.S. each year.
  • Someone who become addicted to heroin is between 6 and 20 times more likely to die prematurely than the average non-heroin user.

Exceptional Heroin Addiction Treatment at Maryland Recovery

Long-term heroin use can decrease the brain’s white matter, which impacts the user’s ability to:

  • Make sound, logical decisions
  • Respond to stressful situations
  • Regulate one’s own behavior

And, of course, every time someone overdoses on heroin, there’s a risk of death, which is not too uncommon, as you read above. Therefore, if you or someone you know well is struggling with heroin addiction, it’s imperative to look into treatment right away.

Maryland Recovery accepts recovering heroin addicts into our program as soon as they’ve completed detox offsite. Our cutting-edge, three-phase treatment program starts with Partial Hospitalization, which means that patients will be monitored closely while receiving treatment for several hours each day.

The first phase of our heroin treatment program lasts roughly a month, and from there, patients move into Intensive Outpatient Treatment and eventually into the Extended Care phase. This is the point where our focus is on therapeutic and holistic treatment, as well as teaching the patient life skills.

Professional Counseling and Holistic Therapy for the Treatment of Heroin Addiction

We believe our combination of dynamic counseling and holistic therapy is exactly what a patient needs as he or she becomes comfortable with abstaining from heroin. Our individual and group counseling sessions get at the heart of what caused the person to abuse heroin, and our holistic activities (yoga, meditation, drumming therapy, etc.) further help the patient to heal physically, mentally and spiritually. Each heroin treatment service is led by a highly qualified, experienced psychiatrist or instructor.

Heroin treatment programs at Maryland Recovery are tailored to the individual. No patient’s situation is the same, so we make necessary adjustments and accommodations to ensure all of their recovery needs are met. If you’re in Maryland or the greater Northeast and you’re looking for expert, compassionate treatment for heroin addiction, Maryland Recovery is your top choice among heroin treatment centers.