“Today I can look at myself in the mirror and know I’m OK.”

— Stephanie

Addiction isn’t a weakness. It’s a disease.

It’s not about “being strong” or “overcoming a weakness.” Opioid addiction is a disease. It’s a medical condition that requires treatment so that people can regain their lives. The sooner you recognize the disease and get help, the better your chances of regaining your life. But how do you know if you or someone you know has an opioid problem?

How do I know if I have a problem?

There are physical and psychological signs and symptoms of opioid abuse. People often experience euphoria and improved self-esteem, followed by extreme depression, lack of motivation, and even anxiety and anxiety attacks. If you find yourself using opioids longer than the time intended, and have trouble decreasing the amount taken, or even stopping, you could be on shaky ground. If you’re spending time thinking about, obtaining or recovering from opioids, you should talk to someone before it’s too late.

How to ask for help.

Reaching out for help with addiction isn’t shameful—it’s courageous. Admitting you have a drug problem is the first big step to recovery. Don’t let pride or embarrassment stand in the way of asking for help from your parents, loved ones or friends and seeking out a treatment facility.

Fighting addiction can be the hardest, most emotional challenge you’ll ever take on. You absolutely need the medical attention and counseling of trained professionals. They’ll guide you through treatment and rehab and teach you new coping skills and how to steer clear of opioids or other drugs in the future. You may also meet others in recovery who will bolster and support you. Together, treatment and recovery support can give you the strength to write the next chapter of your life.

Resources: Where to get help

Cecil County’s treatment programs are staffed with caring, knowledgeable counselors and medical professionals who’ll help you, a friend or a loved one fight and manage addiction. Our list of treatment programs offers choices of qualified, comprehensive centers where people suffering from drug addiction can get the care they need to successfully recover and regain their lives.

How to get someone into treatment:

  • Understand addiction and provide support
  • Talk about the disease and give meaningful answers
  • Consider intervention with friends or family members
  • Use the resources provided here to find the right program

Treatment can include:

Research shows that treatment can help people addicted to drugs stop using, avoid relapse and recover to a drug-free life. But addiction is complex, and no two people respond to treatment the same way. The most effective treatment addresses multiple needs of the individual—not just the drug addiction.

  • Detoxification
  • Medication
  • Healthy behavior counseling
  • Avoidance of triggers
  • Learning to address cravings and urges
  • Ongoing counseling
  • Support from family and friends
  • Addressing coexisting conditions