Harford County is a county that is located in the northeastern portion of the state of Maryland. Home to an estimated population of more than 255,000 people as of 2019 according to the United States Census Bureau, Harford County is one of the ten most populous counties in the state. But being densely populated during America’s drug epidemic can have drawbacks such as increased rates of drug abuse and overdose. From 2015 to 2017 there were 253 drug deaths in Harford County according to a report published by County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, a rate which was one of the highest in the state for any county during that time period. This shows how badly drug and alcohol rehabilitation and detox services are needed to help the residents of the community and save lives. But so many people do not get the help that they need, and it is important to examine why so that we can do a better job of helping people when we get the rare opportunity.
One of the biggest reasons why people do not get help is simply because they reject it. This is very common in the early phases of addiction when the person is still hiding their drug use. They do this because they value their drug of choice and they do not want to lose it. So, anyone who would try to get them to quit is viewed as a threat and they will go to extreme measures to hide and protect their addiction. This may seem insane, but the drugs are solving a major problem for the person and so they see them as extremely beneficial. Even though they know that drugs are bad and that addiction can occur, they are usually in denial and will convince themselves that they could stop if they wanted to, but they just don’t yet. The problem is that this “yet” just goes on and on until the point where the person knows they are completely addicted. Now, they cannot stop even though they want to.
In the early phases of addiction, they have yet to experience many negative consequences from their drug use. The drug is providing them an escape from some unwanted condition, such as physical pain or mental anguish. The drug may be the only thing that has ever been effective at “solving” this problem, so the person will continue using drugs as a coping mechanism for life. If confronted about their drug use, they will likely lie and deny it. If caught red-handed, they will likely say that it was only this one time or that it will never happen again. But they will not want to go to treatment which is a sure sign that they will continue using drugs. They are saying the right things so that you back off and they can keep using drugs.
Many people who have lost a loved one look back on signs that they missed and beat themselves up. The way to avoid this and help the person before it is too late is to confront them about any suspicions that you have. Try to remove as much emotion from the situation as possible and do not get angry with them no matter what. They know that you do not approve, otherwise, they would not have hidden it from you, so getting angry only serves to confirm why they should not be honest. Stay calm, offer help, and persist even when you know they are lying. If you do this every time you notice something that is suspicious, you are letting them know that you know but that it is not the end of the world and you are here to help. This will speed up the process of them becoming honest with you eventually and accepting help, hopefully before it is too late. If this is not working and they are at risk, hire a professional interventionist. Their life is worth the cost of potentially offending or alienating them. If you do nothing, then nothing will likely change.
Here is a list of the different treatment centers in Harford County, Maryland. The list can be incomplete so please do not hesitate to contact one of our treatment specialists at 1-800-304-2219.