Lighting the Road to Recovery, One Step At a Time

With the entire country in crisis right now due to the rise in opioid and heroin addiction, it can be challenging finding the right help from a source you can trust. Addiction cannot be explained to those whose lives are untouched by the disease, which is why it is vital you don’t put your life in the wrong hands. Despite the awareness surrounding the rising heroin epidemic, there is still so much misinformation out there, and the same-old treatment plans aren’t always successful. At Walden, we strive to be the leading Maryland drug rehabilitation facility to personally guide individuals to a life free of addiction.

The Truth About Heroin Addiction

If you watch the news or listen to the radio, it is highly unlikely you can avoid hearing about the current addiction epidemic. How did we get here? What started as overprescribing on the part of doctors led countless patients to seek a replacement for their pain treatment. When acquiring prescription drugs became too difficult, this resulted in the massive rise in heroin use, which is cheaper and more obtainable.

Rehab for Heroin at Walden

As a patient, you will have access to the uppermost resources to help you conquer what seems impossible. Comprehensive treatment requires more than just medication and a few support group sessions, as we at Walden prioritize lifestyle changes to ensure enduring health and wellness.

Our top-rated Maryland drug rehab provides several substantial and useful services for both adults and adolescents, including:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 130 Americans to die every day due to opioid use. We refuse to let you be a part of this staggering statistic.


Heroin is a particularly dangerous opioid drug due to its extremely addictive properties and high potential for overdose. While it is most commonly injected by users, heroin can also be snorted or smoked to produce a euphoric high. Once it enters the body, heroin is converted into morphine and binds to receptors in the reward-section of the brain, creating a pleasurable rush.

Along with this high, users tend to experience:

  • Flushed skin
  • Dry mouth
  • Heavy-feeling extremities
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Severe itching
  • Drowsiness
  • Clouded mental function
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Shallow breathing


Long-term use of heroin causes the brain to change its physical structure, creating long-term neural and hormonal imbalances that are not easily reversed. Heroin also produces high levels of tolerance and physical dependence with each use, requiring users to inject more and more to achieve the same effects. This is why heroin has such a high overdose potential.

Other effects of long-term heroin use may include:

  • Collapsed veins from frequent injections
  • Infected blood vessels and heart valves
  • High potential for HIV and other contagious infections from sharing needles
  • Tooth decay and gum inflammation
  • Constipation
  • Weakened immune system
  • Reduced sexual capacity
  • Loss of memory and cognitive function
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Coma and death


Whether you are in search of a success-proven Maryland heroin rehab center for yourself or your loved one, rest assured we at Walden are here to help. Our mission was and remains, “Help for today. Hope for tomorrow.” Don’t walk down this long road alone–allow yourself the best chance of success with us on your side. We accept most insurances including all Maryland Medicaid plans.

Learn more about Walden campus locations: Walden Charlotte HallWalden CaliforniaWalden Lexington Park, and Walden Waldorf

If you would like to take the next step and jumpstart your life, don’t hesitate to schedule an initial consultation by calling (301) 327-2555 or by completing an online form today.

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