National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Maryland Chapter

Treatment & Recovery

"Drug addiction is a complex brain disease. It is characterized by compulsive, at times uncontrollable, drug craving, seeking, and use that persist even in the face of extremely negative consequences. Drug seeking becomes compulsive, in large part as a result of the effects of prolonged drug use on brain functioning and, thus, on behavior. For many people, drug addiction becomes chronic, with relapses possible even after long periods of abstinence." (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

If you think you are in need of drug treatment please contact you primary care physician or contact you local health department to get information on treatment facilities in your area.  If you think you face a medical emergency due to your abusing alcohol or drugs, please seek immediate medical attention by contacting your physician, or by going to the nearest emergency room.

The disease of addiction holds little regard to one's age, race, gender, upbringing or socio-economic status. If you think you have a problem with addiction, just thinking that you do, is a major step in the right direction. Many have acted on such thought by reaching out for help. There are many people who understand just where you are at, what you are feeling and going through, and who are ready, willing and able to help you.

If you are ready to take the first step toward living a recovery-focused life, free of drugs and alcohol, ask for help. You will soon find you are not alone.

While many people seek treatment on their own volition, many others are helped along the way by family members, friends, doctors, employers, teachers, and members of the clergy. If you fall into one of these, or another, group(s), and are concerned about someone, please take the initiative in seeking help for the person. Your actions could save their life.

To learn more about:
  • Addiction and Treatment
  • Community Organizing
  • Various Resources

Refer to A Handbook on Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery (2004), courtesy of Community Planning and Housing Association (CPHA).

If you are looking for substance abuse treatment for yourself or someone you love, refer to the links below:


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