Drug & Alcohol Addiction Rehab, Treatment & Recovery Resources in Maryland
Over 950,000 residents of Maryland – 15.83% of the state population – use illegal drugs and 272,000 residents – 4.5% of the state population – abuse alcohol in a given year. Consequently, drugs and alcohol were the cause of 13.54% of all deaths in Maryland between 2008 and 2017, almost a full percentage point above the national average for drug- and alcohol-induced deaths during the same period. Among three of the most populous cities in Maryland, Baltimore-Columbia had the highest rate of deaths resulting from drugs and alcohol during that timeframe at 15.88%, while Germantown-Silver Spring had the lowest percentage at 8.12%.
This guide was created to help the many residents of Maryland who are struggling with substance abuse addiction to find affordable treatment that will put them on the path to recovery. It is also intended to inform the general public about the dangers of substance abuse in Maryland.
If you need help finding a rehabilitation center in Maryland, you can use our directory to locate low-cost, quality treatment right away. Read on to find instructions for using the directory and to learn which rehabilitation centers qualify as the highest-rated, low-cost facilities in the state.
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I. Getting Help
Drug & Alcohol Addiction Rehab, Treatment & Recovery Resources in Maryland
If the cost of rehab is a barrier for you – as it is for many – and you don’t have insurance, there are still ways for you to receive help. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), there are 374 substance abuse treatment centers in the state of Maryland. Of those 374 centers, Recovery Centers of America at Bracebridge Hall in Earleville received the highest overall score based on our five core metrics.
The Recovery Centers of America at Bracebridge Hall received high scores in every category except Cost, which earned it the highest overall score of 8.2 points out of 10 possible points and the top spot in our rankings. The facility offers inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services for adult men and women, as well as special programs for unique populations, such as veterans and active-duty military personnel, members of the LGBT community, pregnant/postpartum women, seniors, and many more. The center’s biggest strength is its wealth of treatment approaches, which include cognitive behavioral therapy, 12-step facilitation approach, relapse prevention, anger management, and community reinforcement plus vouchers, among several others. Recovery Centers scored low in the Cost category as its payment options are limited to private health insurance, TRICARE, and self-payment. However, some clients may be eligible for a scholarship, and it offers a sliding fee scale based on income and other factors.
Mountain Manor Treatment Centers, Inc. received an overall score of 8 points out of 10 points in our rankings for its inpatient and intensive outpatient rehabilitation services, including medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and detoxification utilizing drugs such as buprenorphine and naltrexone. The center scored highest for its wide selection of ancillary services, such as health education, housing services, transportation assistance, and counseling, among others. The facility’s payment options include Medicaid and other state-financed health insurance, government funding for abuse programs, Access to Recovery (ATR) vouchers, private health insurance, and self-payment. It also offers a sliding fee scale based on income and other factors. The center received a mid-range score in the category of Special Programs for Unique Demographics as it does not provide specialized programs for a lengthy list of unique populations but does cater to persons with co-occurring mental health disorders, clients from the court system, adolescents and transitional age young adults, and persons who have experienced trauma.
With 7.6 out of 10 points, Institutes for Behavior Resources, Inc. REACH Health Services scored third our rankings for its outpatient services. One of the center’s best features is its SAMHSA-Certified Opioid Treatment Program which involves the use of medication-assisted treatment in conjunction with standard outpatient therapies. Its rehabilitation services include the use of medications such as Methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone. Additionally, treatment approaches include dialectical behavioral therapy, trauma-related counseling, and motivational interviewing, to name only a few. The facility also offers a wealth of ancillary services – such as HIV/AIDS education and support, tobacco cessation counseling, and housing assistance – and special programs for a variety of unique populations, such as pregnant/postpartum women, members of the LGBT community, veterans, and persons with co-occurring mental health disorders, among others. Its main weakness is that it has limited payment options, ranging from Medicaid to TRICARE to government funding for substance abuse programs to private health insurance and self-payment. However, it does offer clients a sliding fee scale based on income and other factors.
Rehabilitation Services Provided: 9.13
Treatment Approaches: 7.28
Special Programs for Unique Demographics: 7.8
Ancillary Services: 7.68
Highest-Rated, Low-Cost Treatment Centers in Maryland
Thomas B. Finan Center 10102 SE Country Club Road SE Cumberland, MD 21502 Main Tel: 301-777-2285
Finding a Substance Abuse Treatment Center in Maryland
Start by contacting your referral center
In Maryland, the first step is to contact the Maryland Department of Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) to obtain resources on substance use treatment in your area. For information on services that are available to you and to locate a treatment program, visit the BHA website.
The purpose of a referral center is to determine what type of help each individual needs, as well as the resources available for each individual. The referral center is also the first point of contact for anyone who may need assistance paying for treatment. To learn if you qualify for low-income Medicaid services, and to determine eligibility, refer to this Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene contact page.
Use our database to find a treatment center near you
The tool below lists all of the treatment centers in the state of Maryland recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Input your zip code and select the filter icon to find relevant treatment centers near you.
Many different methods are available for treating addiction, and the science of studying addiction is constantly improving and changing. However, the core pieces of rehabilitation are generally very similar.
Substance use disorder and PTSD go hand-in-hand for many veterans
Veterans face unique challenges that can place them at higher risk for a substance use disorder (SUD) than the general population. The primary factor leading to this increased risk is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), while other situations, such as unemployment, homelessness and chronic pain, can also be contributing factors. Furthermore, individuals – including veterans – with a substance use disorder are more likely to develop PTSD, so the problem is cyclical in nature.
1 in 3
veterans seeking treatment for a SUD also has PTSD
1 in 4
veterans with PTSD also has a SUD
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for PTSD, as of early 2019, nearly one of every three veterans who seeks treatment for a substance use disorder also has a PTSD diagnosis. Similarly, over one in four veterans who has received a diagnosis of PTSD is also struggling with a substance use disorder. Furthermore, for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, one in 10 of those individuals who visits a VA health care facility has a substance use disorder.
However, there is hope for veterans suffering from a substance use disorder, as they have access to additional resources for treatment for a SUD or co-occurring SUD and PTSD, and VA benefits often cover the cost of this treatment. To find help with substance abuse treatment from the VA healthcare system, follow these steps:
Enroll: If you aren’t already enrolled, you can check if you are eligible for VA health benefits and then complete the application. You can also research the Department of Veterans Affairs Alcohol and Drug Dependence Rehabilitation Program. This program is available in VA medical centers and outpatient clinics around the United States and provides a variety of treatment options, such as rehabilitation, detoxification, and psychiatric services, for veterans addicted to drugs and alcohol. Keep in mind that you must already be enrolled in the VA healthcare system to be considered for the program.
Discover: Find out whether your local VA medical center provides substance use disorder (SUD) treatment by calling or visiting the center. If you don’t know where the closest VA medical center is located, call the VA hotline at 800-827-1000 to find out or click here for a comprehensive search of VA locations around the United States.
Find Treatment: Veterans in Maryland can reach out to their local VA medical center to search for information on substance abuse treatment, including the possibility of a VA-based substance use disorder (SUD) program, in Maryland. Additionally, they can locate information regarding substance abuse treatment services at the Maryland Department of Veteran Affairs website and the section of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene website that details Maryland’s Commitment to Veterans (MCV).
Treatment is available for veterans in Maryland who are suffering from a substance use disorder. As of 2017, 80 substance abuse treatment facilities in Maryland – representing 20.7% of all treatment facilities – catered specifically to veterans.
Adolescents in Maryland use marijuana and alcohol at rates higher than the national average
of adolescents aged 12-17 used marijuana, 2014-2017
of adolescents aged 12-17 drank alcohol, 2014-2017
Between 2014 and 2017, 9% of adolescents aged 12-17 in Maryland reported engaging in marijuana use in the past month, much higher than the national average of 6.8%. In terms of alcohol use, 11.7% of adolescents aged 12-17 in Maryland had taken part in the behavior in the past month, over a full percentage point higher than the national average of 10.1%. Additionally, 1.7% of individuals admitted to a substance abuse treatment program in Maryland in 2017 were aged 12-17. To address the challenges that youth face in overcoming substance addiction, some treatment centers provide adolescent-specific treatment programs.
Additional Resources for Parents and Teachers
The Office of Child and Adolescent Substance Use Services of the Maryland Department of Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) developed a substance abuse prevention toolkit to educate and inform youth, their families and the local community. Additionally, the BHA website has information about overdose prevention in Maryland.
Co-Occurring Mental Health & Substance Abuse Treatment
Substance abuse and mental health issues tend to go hand-in-hand – the technical term is “co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.” The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported that, in 2017, 45.6% of adults with a substance use disorder also had a mental health disorder, and 18.3% of adults with a mental health disorder also had a substance use disorder. For adolescents in 2017, 35.9% of those with a substance use disorder also had a major depressive episode, while 10.7% of adolescents with a major depressive episode also had a substance use disorder.
Mental Health Resources & Treatment
If you or someone you love is suffering from mental health issues, such as depression, PTSD, eating disorders, or severe anxiety, there are many resources from which to receive help.
Below are a few ways to receive immediate assistance, as advised by MentalHealth.gov:
Emergency Services: If your life (or someone else’s life) is in danger, always start by dialing 911 to gain immediate access to emergency services.
Suicide Prevention: The number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is: 800-273-8255. You can also initiate a private live online chat.
Veterans Crisis Line: Dial the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 and press “1” to talk to someone immediately. You can also access help with a private online chat or text 838255.
Here are two ways to find a provider of mental health treatment in Maryland:
Maryland Department of Behavioral Health Administration: The BHA website has a section that provides the general public with information on how to access mental health resources and treatment.
National Alliance of Mental Health: NAMI has dedicated sections for unique groups such as veterans and youth, and the NAMI Maryland website offers local resources as well as support options.
Individuals who have both substance use and mental health disorders may benefit from dual-diagnosis rehab facilities. Use the appropriate filter in our tool above to find rehabilitation centers with treatment programs designed to meet the unique challenges posed by co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.
Substance abuse aftercare treatment is often overlooked, but it’s one of the most crucial steps in the rehabilitation process. The chances of relapsing after rehab dramatically rise for individuals who try to resume their lives without pursuing further treatment in an aftercare setting. Several different types of aftercare are available for recovering addicts, including follow-up visits for continued therapy, group therapy, and sober living homes. Research shows that long-term participation in aftercare activities dramatically improves the outcome of rehabilitation efforts.
12-Step Addiction Meetings in Maryland
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) designed the 12-step process for individuals recovering from alcohol addiction, and today there are many other 12-step programs for other addictions and issues – Narcotics Anonymous (NA) being just one example.
Contact the appropriate local organization to find an AA or NA meeting near you
The tool below lists the contact information for local organizations that will connect you to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings near you. Since meeting times and locations change periodically, contact the local groups that coordinate the meetings to ensure that the information is up to date.
Sober living homes (also referred to as recovery residences) are group homes that help recovering addicts transition from treatment facilities to living independently while maintaining their sobriety. These homes can be especially beneficial for individuals who don’t have a supportive and positive environment in which to live after leaving a rehabilitation facility.
Residents of sober living homes can stay from a few months to several years, as long as they follow house rules and avoid relapse, as these homes typically have a zero-tolerance drug and alcohol policy. Additionally, residents are expected to complete chores, attend mutual support groups, and pay an equal share of the cost of renting the home.
Some sober living homes are listed in our database, and you can find them by using the appropriate filter in our tool above. You can also check out our guide on sober living homes to learn more about them and to find a certified recovery residence near you.
The following table illustrates the annual estimates of substance abuse among residents of Maryland between 2016 and 2017, in addition to the percentage of the Maryland population and the U.S. population that those estimates represent.
Annual Estimates for Substance Abuse in Maryland, 2016-2017
* ‘Alcohol’ refers to an Alcohol Use Disorder. The numbers reflected in the table above are not the number of individuals who use alcohol, but rather those who have an AUD, defined as meeting the criteria for alcohol dependence.
* ‘Prescription opioid’ refers to a Pain Reliever Use Disorder. The numbers reflected in the table above are not the number of individuals who use or even occasionally misuse a prescription opioid, but rather those who have a PRUD, defined as meeting the criteria for illicit drug dependence.
of Maryland deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
of U.S. deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
The following table shows the number of deaths involving drugs and alcohol in Maryland between 2008 and 2017. The corresponding graph illustrates the percentage of deaths due to drugs and alcohol in Maryland compared to the national average.
Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Maryland, 2008-2017
When trying to understand substance abuse issues in a specific area, researchers and policymakers examine “key indicators.” Combined with usage statistics, key indicators can provide a deep level of insight into which substances present the most serious concerns and which demographics can be most impacted by substance abuse. Key indicators of substance abuse issues within the state of Maryland, along with recent, credible statistics, are examined below.
Over 750,000 residents of Maryland suffer from mental illness every year
As discussed earlier in this guide, there is a strong link between substance use disorders and mental health disorders. When an individual is afflicted with both of these issues at the same time, health professionals refer to it as co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders or a “dual diagnosis.” Consequently, the prevalence of mental health issues in a given state can also help us to understand the level of substance abuse.
of Maryland adults had a serious mental illness
of Maryland adolescents had a major depressive episode
Between 2013 and 2017, 3.1% of Maryland adults were afflicted with a serious mental illness, compared to 4.2% nationally. Among Maryland adolescents, 13.1% of individuals aged 12-17 suffered a major depressive episode in the past year, compared to a national average of 12.1%.
The table below sheds some light on the prevalence of mental health issues in Maryland.
Mental Health Issues in Maryland by Age and Percentage of Population, 2016-2017
Suicide rates in Maryland are significantly lower than the national average
The Centers for Disease Control reports that suicide is the leading cause of death in the United States. The suicide rate has risen in nearly every state from 1999 to 2016, with that rate increasing by more than 30% in half of all 50 states since 1999. Suicide is an act that is often linked to substance abuse. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, substance abuse is a primary risk factor for both adults and adolescents who attempt and/or complete suicide, and this is particularly true for at-risk populations.
Furthermore, the relationship between substance abuse and suicide is multi-faceted and complex. Persons who have substance abuse issues typically also carry other risk factors for suicide, including depression, impulsive behavior, and other struggles with relationships, finances, illness, or unemployment that make them more likely to engage in self-harm. Between 1999 and 2016, Maryland witnessed an 8.5% increase in the number of suicides. In 2017, Maryland ranked 47th in the country for the number of suicides per 100,000 residents.
Suicides and Suicide Rates in Maryland and the United States, 2017
Maryland has a lower opioid prescribing rate than the overall U.S. rate
Prescription drug abuse – particularly in the form of opioids – has become an epidemic in the United States. While it is difficult to estimate how many individuals use these drugs as prescribed and how many abuse them, the Centers for Disease Control has researched the variation in opioid prescriptions between states, establishing a direct connection between an increased level of opioid prescriptions with a greater potential for dependence and abuse. Across the United States in 2017, 191 million prescriptions for opioids were written by physicians, ultimately leading one in four patients who begins long-term opioid therapy to an addiction.
opioid prescriptions per 100 Maryland residents, 2017
opioid prescriptions per 100 U.S. residents, 2017
After peaking in 2012, the U.S. opioid prescribing rate has been on a steady decline for the last several years due to the explosion of the opioid epidemic and the recognition of the role that excessive opioid prescriptions have played in this epidemic. Between 2013 and 2017, the opioid prescribing rate in the United States dropped from 78.1 prescriptions per 100 residents to 58.7 prescriptions per 100 residents, a decrease of 24.84%. The opioid prescribing rate in Maryland was consistently lower than the U.S. prescribing rate during that time period, from 69.0 prescriptions per 100 residents in 2013 to 51.7 prescriptions per 100 residents in 2017, revealing a similar decrease of 25.07%.
Maryland and U.S. Opioid Prescribing Rates, 2013-2017
The rate of homelessness in Maryland is much lower than the national average
A high rate of homelessness in an area indicates a greater potential for substance abuse issues. Homelessness has been shown to be linked to substance abuse as both a cause and a result; some individuals become homeless due to a substance use disorder, while other individuals who are already homeless frequently turn to substance use to dull the pain and desperation of their situation.
The 2018 Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Point-in-Time Count reported approximately 552,830 homeless individuals in the United States, the equivalent of 17 of every 10,000 U.S. residents. This number represents a decrease of 4.1% since 2014 when the number of homeless persons in the U.S. was around 576,450. Furthermore, homelessness across the United States has decreased by 15% since 2007, the year that HUD began collecting data on the homeless population.
of every 10,000 Maryland residents were homeless, 2018
of every 10,000 U.S. residents were homeless, 2018
By comparison, Maryland had approximately 7,144 homeless persons in 2018, equating to 12 of every 10,000 Maryland residents and less than the national average. This number reveals a 9.06% decrease since 2014 when 7,856 homeless persons lived in Maryland.
V. Regional Substance Abuse Statistics & Rehabs
The following sections provide a deeper look at the substance abuse problem in Maryland by examining the drug- and alcohol-related death rates in the three most populous cities. Additionally, the three highest-rated rehabilitation centers in each city are listed.
The three highest-rated rehabilitation centers in Baltimore-Columbia are listed in the table below, along with each institution’s performance based on our core metrics.
The Highest-Rated, Low-Cost Rehabs in Baltimore-Columbia
Deaths due to drugs and alcohol in Baltimore-Columbia are much higher than the average rate across Maryland
of Baltimore-Columbia deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
of Maryland deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
The number of deaths resulting from drugs and alcohol for Baltimore, an independent city, and Howard County, in which Columbia is located, was 15,175 between 2008 and 2017. The death toll represented 15.88% of deaths among all ages during that period and is two percentage points higher than the state rate of 13.54% during the same timeframe. Furthermore, Baltimore-Columbia reported the highest rate of drug- and alcohol-induced deaths of the three most populous cities in Maryland.
Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Baltimore City and Howard County, 2008-2017
The three highest-rated rehabilitation centers in Germantown-Silver Spring and the neighboring cities of Bethesda, Frederick and Glen Burnie are listed in the table below, along with each institution’s performance based on our core metrics.
The Highest-Rated, Low-Cost Rehabs in the Germantown-Silver Spring Area
The death rate from drugs and alcohol in Germantown-Silver Spring is significantly lower than in Maryland
of Germantown-Silver Spring deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
of Maryland deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
Montgomery County, in which both Germantown and Silver Spring are located, reported a drug- and alcohol-induced death rate of 8.12% between 2008 and 2017. This percentage was over five percentage points lower than the state average of 13.54% during the same time period. Compared to Baltimore-Columbia and Waldorf, Germantown-Silver Spring had the lowest rate of deaths resulting from drugs and alcohol.
Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Montgomery County, 2008-2017
The three highest-rated rehabilitation centers in Waldorf and the neighboring cities of Chesapeake Beach, Lusby, and Pasadena are listed in the table below, along with each institution’s performance based on our core metrics.
The Highest-Rated, Low-Cost Rehabs in the Waldorf Area
The drug- and alcohol-induced death rate in Waldorf aligns with the average rate across Maryland
of Waldorf deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
of Maryland deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
Charles County, in which Waldorf is located, experienced 1,544 deaths due to drugs and alcohol between 2008 and 2017, representing 13.97% of the total number of deaths in the county during that time period. This percentage was almost identical to Maryland’s rate of 13.54% for the same time frame. Among the three most populous cities in the state, Waldorf fell in the middle for deaths due to drugs and alcohol.
Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Charles County, 2008-2017
Substance abuse treatment is available in Maryland for anyone who needs help beating an addiction – you don’t have to struggle alone. To receive assistance, start by determining your insurance coverage and by contacting your referral center. You can also use our tool earlier in this guide to locate a treatment center near you. Remember, many low-cost rehabilitation centers can help if you don’t have insurance coverage or feel like you are unable to afford treatment.