Maryland Addiction Help Can Change Your Life
There is a drug epidemic in Maryland according to the latest reports from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and it’s not getting any better.
What Are the Major Addiction Problems Maryland Has to Deal With?
According to the latest report from the state, the number of deaths from drug or alcohol intoxication have increased 21% in the past year and increased 60% since 2010.
And 85.7% of all intoxication deaths that occurred in Maryland in 2014 were opioid related. Opioid related deaths included deaths related to heroin, prescription opioids, and nonpharmaceutical fentanyl.
The number of opioid related deaths increased by 22% between 2013 and 2014, and by 76% between 2010 and 2014. And most of this is from heroin.
The number of heroin related deaths in Maryland more than doubled between 2010 and 2014. One of the reasons for this is the ever-growing number of people who become addicted to other opioids, prescription pain-killers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone and then find it cheaper and easier to get heroin on the street.
Then there is fentanyl, often the companion to heroin. In Maryland, there was over a three-fold increase in the number of deaths from fentanyl last year.
The number of fentanyl related deaths began increasing in late 2013 as a result of overdoses involving nonpharmaceutical fentanyl, that is, nonprescription fentanyl produced in clandestine laboratories and mixed with, or substituted for, heroin or other illicit substances.
Fentanyl related deaths have increased among all age groups, among whites and African Americans, and among both men and women. The increase has been particularly pronounced among African Americans; there were 74 deaths in 2014 compared with only two in 2012.
Fentanyl is many times more potent than heroin, and greatly increases the risk of an overdose death.
The number of cocaine related deaths, which had remained relatively stable since 2008, increased by 29% between 2013 and 2014. Nearly 66% of cocaine related deaths occurred in combination with heroin, and 20% in combination with prescription opioids.
The number of benzodiazepine related deaths increased nearly 50% from 2013 to 2014. And nearly 60% of all benzodiazepine related deaths occurred in combination with prescription opioids.
The number of alcohol related deaths increased by 13% between 2013 and 2014, and by 69% since 2010, mostly among men ages 45 to 54. And again, more than half of all alcohol related deaths occurred in combination with heroin.
People with every drug and alcohol problem have come to Maryland addiction help centers.
Per the latest statistics, over 65,000 people actually sought addiction help. These include:
- Heroin addiction and other opiates – 20,623
- Alcohol abuse – 13,231
- Marijuana – 9,950
- Cocaine addiction and abuse – 7,790
Maryland drug addiction treatment centers also see hundreds of people who are trying to get off tranquilizers and sedatives, PCP, amphetamines, hallucinogens, and inhalants.
And those are just the people who went to an alcohol or drug addiction treatment program for help.
More than 100,000 people also said they needed addiction help and didn’t get it.
Then there are those who didn’t get treatment and didn’t say they needed it. Many more times the number of people who are admitting they have a problem.
Addiction Help Services can help people with alcohol and drug problems change their life. Our experienced counselors understand what you’re going through, and they will help you get through it, and get the help you need.
Why Won’t They Get Addiction Help on Their Own?
It sounds ridiculous to someone who is not an alcoholic or addict, but they really just can’t do it by themselves.
A lot of alcoholics and addicts try to stop. You might not see them do that, and you might think they never even try, but they do.
What happens when they try to stop? First, they can get severe withdrawal symptoms. They can feel extreme pain in the joints and muscles as well nausea, vomiting, fever, shaking, headaches, heart palpitations, dizziness, strong anxiety, and other things. These aren’t the only symptoms, and they can be very frightening.
You can actually feel like you’re going to die.
In fact, getting off drugs or alcohol can be medically dangerous. It’s not something you want to try on your own.
Most people who try can’t stick with it – only about 5 percent of heroin addicts, for example, who try to quit on their own actually succeed.
Of course, the physical side of things is not the only thing keeping them from quitting, but at the beginning, it’s a very, very big part of it.
Once they’ve quit alcohol or quit drugs, then it’s a matter of them staying off them.
That’s when the other elements of addiction come in.
Why did they start drinking so much or taking drugs in the first place? It’s not because their body told them to do it (unless they were in a lot of pain and seeking relief), it was because of problems they were having in their lives that, at the time, they just didn’t know how to deal with.
Addiction Help Services can help them figure out what those problems were and what the real solutions are so they can stay sober.
What Kinds of Drugs Can Treatment Deal With?
Drug treatment can deal with any drug problems:
- Alcohol addiction
- Heroin addiction
- Cocaine addiction
- Methamphetamine addiction
- Prescription drug addiction – including painkillers like OxyContin addiction, hydrocodone and methadone.
- Even sniffing glue and other inhalants.
Not all of them are good. Not all of them will help the person stay off alcohol or drugs so they can start a new life.
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