Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery

SUBSTANCE ABUSE is a negative pattern of use that leads to impairment or distress in any or all of the following areas:

  • Recurrent use that results in decreased competency or failure in work, school or home.
  • Recurrent use in which it is physically hazardous to use (driving, operating machinery, etc.).
  • Substance-related legal problems such as DWI or DUI.
  • Continued use despite persistent social or interpersonal problems that are caused or exacerbated by use (most often expressed via family, school, work, or friends’ concern about the substance abuse).

CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY is the normal progression of substance abuse, if left untreated.  Chemical dependency is a serious sometimes fatal disease, which does respond to treatment.  Dependency is characterized by:

  • Tolerance-a need for more of the substance to achieve the desired effect.
  • Withdrawal-physical symptoms are felt when the substance is absent from the body and/or when the same or closely related substance is taken to relieve or avoid withdrawal symptoms.
  • The substance is often taken in a large amount or over a longer period than the user intended.
  • There is a persistent desire or unsuccessful effort to cut down or control use.
  • A great deal of time is spent obtaining, using or recovering from the substance’s effects.  Important social, occupational, or recreational  activities are reduced or given up because of substance use (early retirement, hobbies, school/sports expulsions, etc.).
  • The substance use is continued despite knowledge that it will have a serious impact on one’s life (marital, school, family, job, or serious health problems).

For more information contact:

Bureau of Behavioral Health

8930 Stanford Boulevard, Ascend One Building, Columbia, MD 21045

Phone: (410) 313-DRUG, Toll Free 1-866-313-6300

Click here for a directory of resources for substance abuse treatment and recovery.

Certificate of Need Approved for the First Stand-Alone Detox in Maryland

Linthicum, MD (January 10, 2017) – Maryland House Detox and Delphi Behavioral Health Group proudly announce that the Maryland Health Care Commission has approved a Certificate of Need for the first private stand-alone inpatient Detox Center in Maryland.

According to DBHG Director of Operations, David Stup, “Maryland House Detox is the first private stand-alone, inpatient medical detoxification center to open in Maryland.  Our Detox will treat adults addicted to various substances including alcohol and heroin.  The facility will provide 24-hour medically monitored inpatient detoxification for an average of 5-7 days – after which our team of licensed clinicians will assess individuals and facilitate warm transitions to quality residential and outpatient treatment programs across the state and country.  In the midst of the opioid epidemic, we are proud that Maryland House Detox will stand as a beacon of hope to provide on-demand treatment services to the communities of Maryland.”

“As we continue to battle substance abuse in Anne Arundel County, this new facility will help us in our fight,” said County Executive Steve Schuh. “Expanding treatment options is crucial to helping turn the tide against the heroin and opioid epidemic in our county.”

For more information, please visit

Addiction Resource was created to help people struggling with substance abuse and to provide support to their loved ones.

Their goal is to make helpful and verifiable information available on substance abuse and addiction recovery as well as direct you to the best sources of help, including The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  For Addiction Support 24/7 Call SAMHSA:  1-800-662-HELP (4357),  is an organization that provides answers to the questions people have about addiction, substance abuse, and mental illness.  The website provides individuals with information to help them to overcome their illnesses, put addiction into the past, and to reclaim their lives.

Addiction Center is a comprehensive addiction information hub. They review top treatment centers to help you find the one that gives you or your loved one the best chance at a successful recovery.

For immediate treatment help call (877) 655-5116 or visit

American Society of Addiction Medicine

ASAM is a professional society representing over 4,000 physicians, clinicians and associated professionals in the field of addiction medicine.  ASAM is dedicated to increasing access and improving quality of addiction treatment, educating physicians and the public, supporting research and prevention, and promoting the appropriate role of the physicians in the care of patients with addiction.

The Recovery Village:  IAFF Center for Excellence provides evidence-based care for addiction and co-occurring disorders, including PTSD, anxiety and depression.   Never before has there been a place specifically designed for IAFF members to face their behavioral health issues head on and get back to the job they love and rebuild the life they deserve. Through an essential partnership between the IAFF and Advanced Recovery Systems, a nationwide leader in rehabilitation and behavioral health, the IAFF Center of Excellence is a flagship recovery center where IAFF members can face their struggles directly.

13400 Edgemeade Rd, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 is a web based comprehensive guide to rehab centers and addiction treatment.

At, you can read a library of educational articles on recovering from alcohol and drug abuse and many treatment and support options. You can customize searches for rehab centers and treatment and contact professional counselors who can answer all your questions and get you started on your new drug-free life.

Visit the Rehab Center  website for more details or call 800-570-3670. is a free, confidential tool that helps individuals take steps toward a healthy relationship with drugs and alcohol. It was developed with the input of leading clinicians, experts from leading organizations like SAMHSA, and people in recovery themselves. Here, individuals can hear stories from people with similar life experiences, discover the answers they need for recognizing and dealing with substance use issues, and locate support. Family and friends can learn about addiction and how to encourage treatment and support sober living on the website.

Recall Report is an online resource with information on addiction and mental health. We feature information for specific demographics, including men, women, seniors, children/teens, students, veterans, homeless and more. Our support resources and educational materials span important topics/pages, including addiction, alcoholism, substance abuse, depression/anxiety, recovery and rehabilitation. To see full pages, please visit or and view our left hand side navigation.