Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Maryland

Embark on your recovery journey by attending a treatment center in Maryland. The state’s recovery resources are designed to support individuals in recovery.

Choosing Rehab in Maryland

Maryland is the hub of research on addiction, home to federal organizations such as the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Institute of Mental Health and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The state is home to hundreds of treatment providers and drug rehab centers certified to help you recover from addiction. Maryland has thousands of support group meetings, hundreds of community prevention organization members and a score of government-led initiatives designed to combat the disease of addiction.

How Do Maryland Facilities Rank?

Total number
14th (429)
Treats co-occurring disorders
10th (182)
Provides residential detox
T-19th (15)
Provides outpatient detox
6th (55)
Provides residential treatment
15th (76)
Provides outpatient treatment
13th (323)
Accepts private insurance
14th (225)
Accepts Medicare
24th (85)
Accepts Medicaid
10th (254)
Accepts payments on a sliding scale
11th (238)
No charge for clients who cannot pay
19th (132)

Common Drug Addictions Treated in Maryland

A total of 40,355 people were admitted for addiction treatment in Maryland in 2014, down from 50,381 in 2013. Heroin treatment admissions comprised 35.9 percent of all admissions in 2014, up 3.2 percent from the year before. Comparatively, other opioid admissions dropped about two percent, and alcohol, cocaine and marijuana admissions remained stable.

Treatment Admissions by Substance (2014)


Drug Abuse Trends in Maryland

The primary drugs of concern among Maryland law enforcement and public health agencies include marijuana, cocaine, synthetic cannabinoids, heroin and other opioids. Among youth, alcohol, tobacco and marijuana remain top substances of concern, and use of electronic vaping products has also increased to concerning levels in recent years.

Increase in Overdoses

The number of drug- and alcohol-related overdoses in Maryland has increased every year since 2010. In 2015, a record 1,259 people died drug-related deaths in the state. The number was a 21 percent increase compared to the 1,041 deaths in 2014. Since 2010, the number of drug-related deaths has almost doubled.

Maryland Alcohol- and Drug-Related Deaths

Graph on Increase in Overdoses in Maryland

Opioid-Related Deaths

Heroin, fentanyl and prescription opioids comprised the vast majority of drug-related deaths in Maryland. Opioids were involved in 86 percent of drug-intoxication deaths in 2015. While the number of deaths involving prescription opioids has remained relatively stable in recent years, the number of heroin- and fentanyl-related deaths has been steadily increasing.

  • Deaths involving prescription opioids grew by 6 percent from 2014 to 2015.
  • Deaths involving heroin climbed 29 percent from 2014 to 2015 and more than tripled from 2010 to 2015.
  • Deaths involving fentanyl almost doubled from 2014 to 2015 and increased twelvefold since 2012.
Maryland Opioid-Related Deaths
Drug 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Heroin 247 392 464 578 748
Prescription painkillers 342 311 316 330 351
Fentanyl 26 29 58 186 340

Source: Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

High School Drug Abuse

Graph of Maryland high schoolers who have ever abused drugs

Maryland Youth Risk Behavior Survey

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene conducted the Maryland Youth Risk Behavior Survey on odd-numbered years from 2007 to 2013. It began conducting the survey on even-numbered years in 2014. That year, 27,401 students in 175 middle schools and 56,717 students in 183 high schools completed the survey.

Middle schoolers who had tried alcohol once in their life

17.6%

The percent of middle schoolers who had tried alcohol once in their life dropped from 25.2 percent in 2013 to 17.6 percent in 2014.

High schoolers who reported binge drinking

13.1%

The percent of high schoolers who reported binge drinking dropped from 17 percent to 13.1 percent from 2013 to 2014.

Middle schoolers who tried marijuana once during their lifetime

7%

The percent of middle schoolers who tried marijuana once during their lifetime dropped from 9 percent to 7 percent from 2013 to 2014.

High schoolers who used marijuana in the past 30 days

18.8%

There was no significant change in the percent of high schoolers who used marijuana in the past 30 days from 2005 (18.5 percent) to 2014 (18.8 percent).

High schoolers who used any tobacco product in the past 30 days

16.4%

The percent of high schoolers who used any tobacco product in the past 30 days dropped from 20.4 percent in 2005 to 16.4 percent in 2014.

Middle schoolers who used any tobacco product in the past 30 days

5.4%

The percent of middle schoolers who used any tobacco product in the past 30 days dropped from 7 percent to 5.4 percent from 2013 to 2014.

High schoolers who said they had used an electronic vapor product in 2014

37.6%

More than a third of high schoolers said they had used an electronic vapor product in 2014, the first year the question was included on the survey.


Top Cities to Rehab in Maryland

Several cities in Maryland have resources, support groups and drug rehab centers that can help you recover from addiction. Learn about resources in each community.

Government Prevention and Treatment Efforts

Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene oversees the Office of Behavioral Health, which is responsible for planning, coordinating and supporting mental health providers in the state. The Office of Behavioral Health promotes recovery, health and wellness for individuals with emotional, addictive and other psychiatric disorders.

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Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration

The Maryland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration is in charge of approving and renewing licensure for addiction treatment programs in the state. The ADAA oversees the Substance Abuse Certification Unit, which reviews centers to make sure they meet state and federal guidelines for various levels of treatment.

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Opioid Overdose Prevention Plan

The Maryland Opioid Overdose Prevention Plan is a statewide strategy for reducing opioid-related deaths. The strategy aims to improve data sharing, expand access to treatment services, provide education and training, implement a prescription drug monitoring program and expand access to naloxone.

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Local Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council

State law requires Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions to develop local drug and alcohol abuse councils. The councils prepare biannual strategic plans that include strategies for identifying the needs of the public, the criminal justice system and mental health providers.

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Expanding Naloxone Access

In October 2015, Maryland passed a law that allows physicians, dentists and other health providers to prescribe naloxone to patients at risk for an opioid overdose. The law also made prescribers immune from civic liability for prescribing the drug.

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Overdose Response Program

Maryland’s Overdose Response Program trains and certifies individuals, including friends and family, to administer naloxone when emergency medical services are not available. In December 2015, Maryland issued a standing order allowing pharmacists to dispense naloxone to certified individuals.

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Good Samaritan Law

Maryland’s Good Samaritan Law became effective October 1, 2015. It protects people assisting a person in an overdose situation from being prosecuted for specific crimes, including possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia or providing alcohol to a minor, if they call 911.

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Overdose Fatality Review Teams

Established in 2014, overdose fatality review teams in communities throughout the state conduct confidential reviews of cases involving overdose deaths. The teams identify missed intervention opportunities and gaps in the mental health care system to develop recommendations for future policies and programs to prevent overdose deaths.

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Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas

The Washing/Baltimore HIDTA region is composed of the Baltimore metropolitan area, the District of Columbia, the Richmond, Virginia, metro area and communities in northern Virginia. The multiagency organization works to dismantle drug trafficking organizations in the area, but it also participates in prevention and treatment initiatives by assisting community coalitions.

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Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene sponsors the Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control. The center strives to reduce tobacco use, provide resources for residents, eliminate secondhand smoke and remove disparities among various populations. The center hosts a prevention website and hotline to help residents recover from tobacco addiction.

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Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Program

The Maryland State Department of Education runs the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Program. The program supports local programs that prevent school-based violence and underage alcohol and drug use. It also supports professional development for school personnel and parents, expansion of mental health services and mentoring programs.

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State Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council

The goal of the State Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council is to ensure the efficient use of state and local resources to deliver prevention, intervention and treatment services to Maryland residents. The council identifies and recommends improvements to criminal justice programs, prepares and updates strategic plans, and supports local councils.

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Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

The Maryland Prescription Drug Monitoring Program began in December 2013 with the goal of reducing diversion of controlled substances. The PDMP allows physicians, pharmacists, and health care providers to check a patient’s medical history before prescribing addictive drugs. It also allows researchers and policymakers to monitor prescribing trends.

Statewide Community Resources

Maryland is home to community organizations that go the extra mile in their efforts to prevent and reduce drug abuse. The organizations work to raise awareness about addiction, provide outreach to those affected by it and support treatment efforts.

Maryland Recovery Organization Connecting Communities

Maryland Recovery Organization Connecting Communities

The Maryland Recovery Organization Connecting Communities began in 2012 as a peer-governed and peer-led recovery organization. M-ROCC advocates, educates and supports individuals in recovery by coordinating a network of services for individuals and families affected by substance abuse.

Maryland State Association of Recovery Residences

Maryland State Association of Recovery Residences

Overseen by M-ROCC, the Maryland State Association for Recovery Residences was founded in 2014. M-SARR is an association of sober living homes dedicated to promoting safe living environments for individuals in recovery. M-SARR certifies sober living homes to promote accountability and strengthen standards for safety, health and wellness.

Maryland Quitting Use and Initiation of Tobacco Resource Center

Maryland Quitting Use and Initiation of Tobacco Resource Center

Funded by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the MDQuit Resource Center assists health care providers and tobacco reduction initiatives. MDQuit provides organizations with evidence-based programs and resources for tobacco cessation. It also hosts a network of treatment professionals and a forum for sharing best practices.

The Impact Society

The Impact Society

The Impact Society uses music roadshows to educate students about the dangers of substance abuse and inspire them to make healthy decisions. The organization travels to schools to teach students about topics such as substance abuse, impaired driving and other high-risk behaviors. The group also hosts workshops in the community.

SADD – Maryland

SADD – Maryland

The Impact Society is the state coordinator of the Maryland chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions. SADD – Maryland supports SADD chapters in Maryland schools and helps develop new chapters. The local chapters hold classes, rallies, training workshops, conferences and awareness forums.

Center for Substance Abuse Research

Center for Substance Abuse Research

The 1990 Governor’s Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission recommended the creation of the Center for Substance Abuse Research at the University of Maryland to research, evaluate and provide technical assistance to substance abuse providers in the state. Today, CESAR is a research and training center that collects information and conducts research for civic and legislative bodies throughout the state.

Community of Concern

Community of Concern

Community of Concern is a substance abuse prevention organization led by parents in Bethesda. The group promotes the booklet “A Parent’s Guide for the Prevention of Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Use” and an online course for parents and their children. The e-learning course is an interactive program that helps children and teachers learn about substances of abuse.

National Alliance on Mental Illness – Maryland

National Alliance on Mental Illness – Maryland

NAMI Maryland is a chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, a grassroots mental health organization that supports mental health care across the country. NAMI Maryland provides educational resources, hosts events and conducts outreach for mental health problems. It promotes mental health awareness in Maryland communities.


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