Maryland’s Leading Rehab: Get The Best Treatment For Your Addiction or Mental Health Illness
The Freedom Center is one of Maryland’s most prestiged clinics for rehabilitation. The programs offered meet the demands of the American Society Of Addiction Medicine, providing Level 2.1 care. Capable of providing 9 to 19 hours a week of treatment, it is called “Intensive Outpatient Services for Adolescents and Adults.”
We believe being in a healthy environment can help make treatment easier, with fewer bumps down the road. This is why we’ve chosen to have our treatment center in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The community relishes a high quality of life with access to one of the best county school systems in the country.
So whether you are looking for treatment centers in Maryland because you live in the state or if you are considering a change of scenery as you start this new chapter, Montgomery County can be the ideal place to be in during your recovery program.
Besides the surroundings of our facilities, we also offer extreme comfort without compromising quality and efficiency in our center. As you come in for treatment, you will have access to our spaces as you get to know us and others who are going through the same journey as you.
From rooms for meetings and classes to game rooms, all of our infrastructures were made to keep patients at ease and relaxed as they participate in activities tailored for their needs.
Drug Rehab in Maryland
The data regarding substance abuse in Maryland wont let us lie: there is an ongoing problem in the state. While most of the U.S. has been affected by the third wave of the opioid crisis, Maryland hasn’t been immune to its effects. While the first and second wave were caused by prescription opioids and heroin respectively, other issues have become more alarming since.
Substance-related deaths have been spiking for almost all substances registered since 2010. As time went by, different substances were the main cause of death for most cases. For instance, from 2012 to 2015, heroin was the main culprit for substance-related deaths in Maryland. In 2016, the substance that caused the highest number of deaths changed, but was still an opioid.
Since then, the drug that has taken the most victims in Maryland in fentanyl. Fentanyl is an opioid that can be easily mixed with other substances – hence its popularity. There have often been trace amounts of the drug found mixed with other substances in lethal overdoses. Fentanyl use spiked tremendously since 2015, and by 2018, it was responsible for 78.5% of substance-related deaths in Maryland.
The most recent data (2018) shows that fentanyl is not the only drug that has become more popular. Research shows a surge in cocaine-related deaths as well, which have been increasing since 2015. It is currently the second most lethal substance in Maryland, reported in 37% of deaths.
Despite the decrease in deaths caused by it, heroin comes at a close third for deaths reported. About 34% of substance-related death involved heroin use. Alcohol has also become less commonly reported, but it is the fourth substance most often found in victims. Around 19% of cases reported included alcohol foul play.
The profile of those most likely to have a lethal overdose are white males, for all substances. Age-wise, however, it depends on the drug in question. But there have been people of all ages from under 25 to over 55 years of age involved in substance-related deaths.
What You Can Expect In Drug Rehab
Rehab is you first step towards full recovery, and you’ll use many tools to do so. An addiction treatment is tailored to your needs and limitations, so as to ensure effectiveness. You will have unlimited contact to professionals, and engage in therapeutic activities. In turn, the team can track your improvement, advise you, and apply therapy techniques. These can be behavioral, rational-emotive, and can be group, individual, or family focused. Multiple options for the many needs you might have.
Addiction Treatment: What Options Do I Have? What Treatment is Best For Me?
In order to know which service setting is the right one for you, you will go through a medical assessment. This way, our team can better understand your needs and what your starting point is. With this, we can also track your progress in order to keep the family updated on all your achievements and to instruct loved ones on how they can help you.
Once that’s figured out, you can be assigned to the program that is the best fit for you, and you can have a schedule prepared. The patient’s need will dictate the duration of the program as well.
An inpatient program is the most in-depth option for addiction treatment. The treatment requires 24-hour stay in the facility, with little contact to people on the outside. Patients get medical supervision and treatment all day, every day, as they participate in activities.
Usually, a person needs to meet a diagnostic criteria in order to need inpatient treatment. Residential treatment is recommended for severe cases, especially those still experiencing withdrawal. People in denial, engaging in dangerous/violent behavior, or with suicidal thoughts will probably require inpatient treatment.
Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
The partial hospitalization program is the more intense version of the outpatient program, and while it is not an inpatient program, its intensity can be compared to that of one. The PHP requires almost daily visits from patients to the recovery center, from five to six days a week, for an average of six hours.
This program is highly recommended for people who are suffering from severe cases of addiction, as it provides as much medical attention and monitoring as possible from an outpatient program. It can also be the next step after detoxification and/or inpatient treatment for those who would like a smoother transition back into their routine.
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
The intensive outpatient program option has the structure of an outpatient program as you also participate in more activities than standard outpatient programs would require. This program requires visits a few times a week, which will depend on the needs of the patient and their schedule’s availability.
IOP is recommended for those that experience moderate to mild addiction, do not represent a danger to themselves or others, and have a lesser chance of relapsing. Since patients will spend more time outside of the facilities than in, they’d have to be in a safer environment and have full support from their peers and loved ones.
Is Outpatient Treatment Right For You?
First, it is important to know exactly what your needs are. You should disclose as much information as you can with the practitioner that is evaluating you so they’ll know if you should start an outpatient program. While there are many pros to not having to stay in the facilities 24/7, while you look through your treatment center options in Maryland, this has to be the right program for you in order for it to work.
The reason why many are isolated in inpatient treatment is because of the environmental aspects. Back home, many people might not have a good support system coming from their families or loved ones. That is enough for someone to give up on a treatment that can be hard enough as is.
While being cheaper than most residential treatments because it doesn’t require constant medical supervision, this means the patient will need to be stronger and be up to the challenge of applying what they learn during treatment in their daily lives from the start. This means making sure you’ll be at every appointment, and not engaging in social behavior that might trigger substance abuse.
Dual Diagnosis: What if I Have a Co-Occurring Mental Health Condition?
Dual-diagnosis patients are people who are diagnosed with two different disorders. Most commonly, the pair is made up of a mental and a substance use disorder. These co-occurring disorders might be triggered or developed at any order. In fact, they can usually feed off of each other and fact one another.
Not only is it possible to treat someone for both disorders, but it is very common to do so. About 60% of people suffering from addiction are also diagnosed or reported to have been diagnosed with a mental disorder. And out of the entire population of the U.S., about 45% of people suffer from dual diagnosis.
People suffering from any mental disorder are about twice as likely to struggle with substance abuse. However, while the psychiatric illness might trigger substance abuse, it is possible for the contrary to happen. Multiple factors such as family history, exposure to substances at early ages, and/or trauma can put someone at risk of developing either disorder.
Additionally, the effects of substances in our systems can cause chemical, hormonal, and neural imbalances. These are all a recipe for early triggering of mental disorders – both psychiatric and substance abuse disorders. If you’d like to read more on them, you can learn about anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, and PTSD and their relation to addiction.
When treating someone for dual diagnosis, each disease must be addressed separately. Usually, the one with the most acute and severe symptoms is treated first. The approach can be done in different ways. In some cases, there might be two different teams, one assigned for ach disorder. On the other hand, being treated by a single team is possible and effective as well.
What Types of Therapy are Available In Treatment?
During the course of your treatment, there will be a need for therapy. This is almost a basic requirement to guarantee the effectiveness of the program. The psychiatric care and evaluation is not enough for someone to be treated or to avoid relapse. There is a need to work on the person’s psyche, as addiction can make great damage to someone psychologically.
There are multiple options regarding the kind of therapy used. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Contingency Management, 12-Step Facilitation – and the list goes on. However, Therapies can usually be applied in the following different settings:
A one-on-one session with a psychology professional, it can be done by anyone who has had therapeutic training. The focus on the individual is of utter importance to track progress and challenges. Professionals will get a chance to advise that person for their needs specifically, and diagnose and/or treat them with a more in-depth analysis.
The reason for these individual sessions is because a patient will have more privacy. Their confidentiality can be more easily guaranteed, and they will feel more comfortable to share. They can get direct feedback to their issues as they share, and address individual issues they wouldn’t get to in a group setting.
Being around since the 20th century, the benefits of group therapy have long been proven. Studies show the importance of having group support from people that go through the same as you. While a professional is fit to advise, people that experience the same pain and trauma can truly understand the emotional aspects of it. In group therapy, a person will have the psychiatric and the personal and emotional support combined.
The bonding over receiving and giving support is a way to fight feelings of loneliness and/or purposelessness. While doing so, patients are getting a chance to connect and include more people in their social lives that experienced the same. This is important when it comes to life after treatment. There will be a need for friends and loved ones who will lead similar lifestyles of sobriety once the program is done.
Therapy for families is important as they are directly affected by the patient’s habits. Since they are the ones in constant contact with the patient, they need to understand what they are going through. Families need counseling and advising on what is happening and how to proceed in order to help the patient.
Family therapy is also important for the therapist to know and understand how the relationship between patient and family is. Family behavior, dynamic, and interactions can both improve or worsen someone’s addiction. Codependency and enabling are two common results of dealing with addiction in a family, and they can bring on other issues. Because of this, family activities and therapy are a good way to help avoid relapse in the future.
Going Beyond Therapy
If you compare our programs to that of other treatment centers in Maryland, you will see that we bring more than the usual. In addition to medical and psychiatric aid that is crucial to any recovery program, we provide the possibility of working on multiple areas of your life while you get the help you need.
Our clinical treatment, the core of our programs, is also comprised of therapy and counseling (both individual and group), as well as holistic treatment options like meditation and yoga. The latter is a way to help the mind and the body improve and reach a balance, helping the flow of the process. We also encourage healthy dieting habits as we can implement diet and fitness plans that work together and work for you.
Just as it is with the body, setting goals for yourself professionally can speed up recovery and help combat feelings of worthlessness that might lead to relapse. Because we are aware of this, we also work on vocational and life skills with our patients through academic coaching, vocational support, and job searching. Along with this, we also aim to improve organization and time management skills – this way, patients will know how to plan in order to achieve.
We strongly believe in the importance of having support from those around you and feeling like you can count on many people within your reach. This is why part of our programs include peer support and family activities, bringing those who can help and those who need it together.
Our peer support initiatives include fellowshipping events, introduction to outside support networks, and coaching from certified peer recovery specialists. While doing so, patients will also learn about relapse prevention strategies, as they might be exposed to triggers and opportunities daily.
Once a patient has started the recovery-oriented lifestyle stage of their treatment, the real fun begins. As part of our aftercare support groups, the staff organizes meetings that aim to enable network rebuilding as patients recover, and every group meets at different frequencies, making it easier to find one that you can keep up with. We plan sober activities, volunteer opportunities, follow-up calls, accountability check-ins, and the commonly known 12-step program, or as we call it, 12 step immersion.
These are just some of the many tools we use to facilitate recovery and to make its effects everlasting. Our intent is to work on all the areas that make up a patient’s lifestyle and give everything he or she may need to become fully independent while also avoiding relapse.
We don’t just treat symptoms, we treat people. So, we work to improve their lives as a whole so that they can turn it around and become the best versions of themselves they can be through the treatment of both the body and the mind.
Treatment Timeline: What Does It Look Like?
The first step to any treatment program is the admission into a facility. At this stage, the medical team needs to do an assessment in order to diagnose the patient or know their needs. This will give them a better picture of the situation the person is in.
If there has been recent or ongoing substance abuse before admission, the patient will need to go through a detoxification stage. The amount of time this will take may vary depending on the dosage, the substance, and how long ago they last consumed it. This is required in order for the program to officially start, due to possible withdrawal symptoms experienced.
Once the patient is deemed suitable and “clean” after detox, the program can then start. The kind of program they will need will also depend on said symptoms, habits, and intensity of addiction. A professional will inform the person and their loved ones (or whoever is making decisions) of which program is the most recommended.
The duration of the program also varies from person to person. Inpatient programs, in most cases, tend to be shorts than outpatient one. That’s thanks to the full-time, 24/7 medical attention they will be receiving. However, each patient has their own pace, and therefore, their own time to be taken for treatment.
As a person finishes their program, they must transition back into their routines and lives outside the clinic. For some, they might prefer to start an outpatient program in order to take “baby steps” as they stop treatment. Others might go from inpatient treatment straight into aftercare.
Aftercare programs are a great way to keep on improving and avoid relapse. Some programs are actually offered in rehab facilities. These may include follow-up therapy, alumni group support, or even sober-living. Sober-living tend to be a popular choice, in fact, as they are a safe environment in the outside world.
The first year after treatment might be the hardest for some. There are many triggers and possibilities for relapse, and between 40% to 60% of those recovery end up relapsing. This is why it is crucial to finish the program and to look for aftercare treatment as well.
Other activities, such as therapy, 12-step programs, counseling, or group support can do wonders. They are not just easy to find, they have been proven to work for decades. There is no shame in getting as much help as you can even after treatment.
Will My Insurance Cover My Rehab?
Currently, all marketplace insurance plans must cover rehabilitation services. All mental and behavioral health services are considered essential health benefits. Therefore, they are legally obligated to be covered by insurance.
As long as you have insurance prior to starting any treatment, you can get coverage for it. However, each plan is different and the discounts and options available will depend on the provider. If you don’t have insurance, it is not hard to understand how it works, and you can apply at any time!
What if I Don’t Have Insurance?
You can still get treatment even without insurance. Clinics accept payment out of pocket, and there are affordable options for many. A lot of them have payment options that allow for payment to be broken down into smaller parts. That way, they can be paid little by little. There are clinics that offer sliding scale fees, which are adjusted based on the patient’s income.
Another option is to apply for Medicare or Medicaid. There are eligibility requirements for each of them. They also have their limitations regarding number of days and services they both covered. So as you receive coverage, make sure to look into these details. Otherwise, you might need to pay some things out of pocket.
But for some, even these options are not viable or they might not be eligible for some. In these cases, there are still some alternatives. One of them would be getting a grant or a fellowship, offered by government organizations or rehab programs. Loans, while not a first choice, might be the best one for those with good credit. Credit card payments can also making it easier to pay off the program. And finally, crowdfunding have also become popular, and can help a lot.
How To Best Contact Us
If you are looking for a treatment center in Maryland for yourself or a loved one, our doors and lines are open to you. We provide 24/7 contact services that you can call, or you can message us if it’s more convenient for you and we can reply with everything you might need. You can visit our contact page for all the information on how to get in touch with us or how to get to our facilities from where you are located. There is help for everyone out there, and we hope to be that help for you. Call us today at (888) 530-5023.