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  • Substance abuse is a serious problem affecting thousands of people in the state of Maryland. In fact, during 2015 alone, more than 100,000 separate substance abuse treatment admissions were recorded in this state. 

    In addition, there are many people in this state who are struggling with substance use disorders but have not sought treatment. However, from Frederick to Baltimore, Annapolis, and Waldorf, there are numerous treatment options available in Maryland.

    How To Find & Choose Addiction Treatment In Maryland

    In the state of Maryland, substance abuse treatment services are under the jurisdiction of the Maryland Department of Health’s Behavioral Health Administration. 

    Within this administration, the Office of Treatment Services is responsible for connecting residents of Maryland with the drug or alcohol rehab they need. 

    If you are in search of addiction treatment services in Maryland, you can find a program by:

    • Talking to your doctor: If you’re dealing with a substance use disorder, your doctor can help you find an appropriate treatment program. 
    • Calling the Maryland Helpline: You can get information and assistance related to substance use disorder treatment by dialing 211 or by texting your zip code to 898-211.
    • Searching for a program online: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers a database you can use to locate addiction treatment in your area

    When you compare recovery centers, there are several different factors you should consider, including:

    • Accreditation: The Maryland Department of Health offers accreditation to qualifying healthcare providers. Choosing an accredited provider ensures that you will receive services that meet standards established by the state. 
    • Licensure: It’s always a good idea to verify that the addiction treatment center you choose employs licensed drug addiction counselors and healthcare professionals. 
    • Treatment customization: The best treatment programs will tailor their services to meet the needs of every patient.  
    • Family involvement: If you have family members who want to participate in the treatment process, look for a rehab facility that involves family and loved ones. 
    • Continuum of care: A wide-range of treatment services may be beneficial to patients struggling with addiction. Look for a facility that offers multiple programs so you can find the services that meet your needs best. 

    Depending on your situation, you may also consider the cost, location and length of different drug and alcohol treatment programs. If you suffer from a co-occurring disorder, look for programs that offer care for dual diagnosis and underlying mental health issues.

    Maryland Drug & Alcohol Treatment Programs

    When you seek treatment for a substance use disorder in the state of Maryland, you will have access to a level of care that works for you. 

    Some of the treatment options available in this state include:

    • detoxification
    • Intensive outpatient programs
    • outpatient treatment
    • residential treatment
    • partial hospitalization programs
    • opioid maintenance therapy 

    Many patients will participate in more than one treatment approach as they pursue a full recovery from addiction. For example, many people begin with detoxification and progress through different levels of care until they are ready to return to society. 

    Medical Drug & Alcohol Detoxification

    For many patients, the first step in the treatment process is detoxification. The purpose of a medical drug and alcohol detoxification program is to help you deal with withdrawal symptoms as you eliminate drugs and alcohol from your system. 

    These programs usually include medical supervision and support, medication, and psychological support. Detox programs are often inpatient in structure and last for only a few days before patients are released to the next phase of treatment. 

    Residential/Inpatient Drug Rehab

    Inpatient/residential treatment programs offer patients a high level of structure and stability while they work toward recovery. These programs not only provide a variety of services, such as holistic approaches and group therapy, but they also include housing and meals. 

    While in an inpatient treatment program, patients are able to focus their full attention on recovery. Inpatient rehab programs also provide patients with continuous support, which reduces the chances of relapse. 

    Outpatient Addiction Treatment

    Outpatient addiction treatment is less structured than inpatient treatment and provides patients with a greater amount of freedom. These programs require you to attend treatment sessions several times each week. 

    Outpatient treatment may also be recommended as a form of step-down following a stay at an inpatient rehabilitation center. In fact, many people with substance use disorders continue with outpatient care for months or even years. 

    Medication-Assisted Treatment

    Medication-assisted treatment programs are designed to help patients with a chemical dependency to alcohol or opioids. If you enroll in this type of treatment, you will take a medication that reduces your drug cravings, thus making it easier for you to remain sober. 

    In most cases, you will also participate in group therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, or some other treatment intended to improve your chances of making a full recovery. 

    Aftercare Support

    After you have completed your recovery program, aftercare support is highly recommended. Aftercare keeps you connected to the addiction recovery community, giving you access to supportive resources at all times. 

    Aftercare services may include group meetings, peer recovery support groups, and sober living, as well as more practical services like parenting classes.  

    Using Health Insurance For Addiction Treatment In Maryland

    Many Maryland substance abuse treatment facilities will accept insurance benefits. The exact amount your provider will pay will depend on the specifics of your policy, the program you choose, and whether or not your treatment facility is in-network. 

    You can learn about your insurance coverage by contacting your provider directly or reading your policy documents. 

    To ensure that you don’t have any surprises when your treatment bill arrives, be sure to verify your expenses with both your insurance provider and your treatment facility. 

    If You Don’t Have Insurance

    Even if you don’t have insurance coverage, you may still qualify to receive addiction treatment in Maryland. State-funded treatment programs are available to certain patients. Call the Maryland Helpline at 211 to learn more about these options. 

    Maryland Drug & Alcohol Addiction Facts

    Many people in the state of Maryland struggle with drug use, from prescription opioid abuse to alcohol and methamphetamine. 

    Here are some statistics that highlight the severity of substance use in Maryland:

    • Maryland recorded 2,799 unintentional alcohol or drug overdose deaths in 2020, an 18% increase from 2019 (2,379).
    • Overdose deaths increased among residents 55 years and older between 2019 and 2020.
    • In 2020, 90% of drug overdose deaths involved opioid drugs.
    • The number of deaths involving fentanyl increased by 22% between 2019 and 2020 (there were 1,927 in 2019 and 2,342 in 2020).
    • Over 35% of 2020 fentanyl-related deaths also involved cocaine, heroin, alcohol, and other prescription opioids. 
    • In 2020, prescription opioid deaths increased by 23% from 2019.
    • Over 90% of cocaine-related overdose deaths involved fentanyl.

    Maryland officials also note that alcohol-related deaths increased in 2020 across every age group, and over 80% of alcohol-related deaths involved opioids.

    Addiction Treatment At Ark Behavioral Health

    At Ark Behavioral Health, we provide a wide-range of treatment programs for Maryland residents. We offer all levels of care for our patients, including outpatient treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, partial hospitalization, inpatient treatment, and detox. 

    We operate four facilities in Massachusetts, with locations in Falmouth, Quincy, Canton, and Ashby. To learn more about our treatment programs, please contact us today.

    Maryland Addiction Treatment FAQ

    How Do I Access Treatment In Maryland?

    There are several ways to find addiction treatment services in Maryland. You can learn about your options by talking to your doctor, contacting the Maryland Helpline, or searching for treatment services on SAMHSA’s database

    What Does Addiction Treatment Look Like In Maryland?

    In the state of Maryland, most addiction treatment programs design their treatment plans to meet the needs of each patient. For this reason, addiction treatment will look different for different people. 

    Your addiction treatment plan will depend on your background, the results of your assessment, your preferences, and the recommendations of your care team. 

    Does Insurance Cover Addiction Treatment In Maryland?

    Addiction treatment services are usually covered by both private and public health insurance policies like Medicare or Medicaid. However, the specifics of different insurance plans may vary. 

    To learn about your insurance coverage, contact your insurance provider by calling the number on your card.

    Can I Go To Drug Rehab In Maryland Without Insurance?

    Even if you don’t have insurance coverage, you can still seek substance abuse treatment in the state of Maryland. Some treatment facilities may provide state-funded treatment services. Alternatively, you can pay for your own treatment if you don’t qualify for state-funded services. 

    Are There Walk-In Opioid Clinics In Maryland?

    The state of Maryland allows participating pharmacies to distribute naloxone to patients without a prescription in order to combat overdose. You can search for a pharmacy that offers naloxone using a tool available on the Maryland Department of Health’s website. 

    Are There Free Or State-Funded Rehab Centers In Maryland?

    Some people in the state of Maryland may qualify to receive state-funded treatment services for substance use disorders. To learn more about the availability of these services, contact the Maryland Helpline by dialing 211. 

    How Long Does Drug Rehab In Maryland Last?

    The amount of time you will need to spend in drug rehab will depend on a variety of different factors, including the program you choose and your individual needs. For more information about how long you can expect to remain in treatment, speak with your care team.

    Written by Ark Behavioral Health Editorial Team
    ©2024 Ark National Holdings, LLC. | All Rights Reserved.
    This page does not provide medical advice.

    Maryland Department of Health - Office of Treatment Services
    Maryland Department of Health - Unintentional Drug- and Alcohol-Related Intoxication Deaths in Maryland, 2018
    National Institute on Drug Abuse - Maryland: Opioid-Involved Deaths and Related Harms
    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) - Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) 2005-2015
    Maryland Opioid Operational Command Center - 2020 Second Quarter Report
    Maryland Department of Health - Unintentional Drug- and Alcohol-Related Intoxication Deaths in Maryland, 2020

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