National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Maryland Chapter



1. Does NCADD-Maryland provide treatment services?

While NCADD-Maryland is not a direct-service treatment provider, we will assist someone in identifying and accessing resources in your areaWhile NCADD-Maryland is not a treatment provider, we can assist you in locating resources in your area.

2. Are addiction treatment services covered by insurance?

The answer to this question depends on many factors including the type of insurance coverage you have and what services are covered. You should contact your insurance provider to determine what services are available to you. They may also be able to assist you with locating a treatment program.    

3. Are there free programs available?

Many treatment programs offer services to Maryland’s uninsured, while others utilize a variety of sliding fee approaches based on the financial need of the person seeking treatment. You should discuss financial arrangements with any program you are considering. Click here to identify publicly-funded programs in your community.   

4. I contacted a treatment program and was told there was a waiting list. Is this common?

Unfortunately, the demand for high quality, and accessible, treatment services often exceeds demand in many of Maryland’s jurisdictions. When contacting a program and being told a waiting list exists ask for assistance in identifying other programs or in identifying other support systems such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA) or other 12- Step support meetings, while you await entry. Unfortunately, the demand for quality treatment services often exceeds program capacity in many areas. The treatment center staff can assist you to find an appropriate level of community support, such as 12 Step meetings, while you await entry.

5. Do I have to give up my job to enter treatment?

Addiction is a health matter that might require being treated on an in-patient basis, just as other health conditions such as heart disease and mental illness. Just as with these diseases your employer should not be able to terminate your employment solely based on the presence of the disease, though you should seek legal advice if you require further clarification of your rights in this area. Many people are able to enter outpatient treatment programs that allow them to continue their employment. You should investigate the options available to you given your situation in consultation with your treatment professional. Visit the Substance Abuse and Mental health Services/Center for Addiction Treatment (CSAT) to learn more about your rights.

6. Will I go through withdrawal symptoms when I quit?

Addiction is often referred to as a physical and mental disease. Discontinuing the usage of certain drugs will often involve a person experiencing certain withdrawal symptoms, both physical and psychological. Your body will respond to the lack of the substance when you choose to abstain. The degree of your symptoms will vary widely depending on your particular drug-using history, including how long you have used and the types of drug(s) abuse.  Your treatment provider will discuss options for managing your symptoms as part of your treatment assessment process.

7. Why do some people choose medical treatment, while others choose 12 step programs?

The choices that people make in selecting treatment programs are highly individual and are influenced by many factors. The important thing is to find a program that you feel will allow you to succeed. Remember that despite a person’s choice of treatment, everyone has chosen recovery.

8. I am interested in helping others achieve recovery. What skills and training do I need to work in this field?

Maryland treatment providers are always seeking qualified, motivated professionals who want to work in the field of addiction treatment and recovery. Your individual goals will depend on your education and area of interest. Counselors, therapists, social workers and nurses all work in treatment settings. Contact a local treatment center or college that offers a degree or certification program for more information about the variety of careers that serve the addiction treatment field. There may be state tuition assistance funding available to assist you in achieving your educational goals to work in this field.


10. I would like to volunteer my time to fight addiction. What can I do?

NCADD-Maryland welcomes volunteers to work along with staff in advancing our public policy and advocacy work, public education and health fair event staffing and in planning and conducting our professional education programs. Contact our office today and we will be happy to discuss our current volunteer opportunities! Click here to send us a personal message.    

9. How can I help make sure that treatment is available for everyone who needs it?

This is one of the main missions of NCADD-Maryland! Join us and become active in our advocacy work, attend advocacy training and help us educate the public about the need for our communities to have adequate treatment programs across the state

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