BH Health Services is an outpatient, state-certified opioid treatment facility located in Westminster, Maryland, a small town, 30 miles north of Baltimore. Methadone is prescribed in conjunction with therapy for clients over the age of 18 who are addicted to heroin, Percocet (oxycodone), OxyContin, Vicodin, Lorcet (hydrocodone), Dilaudid (hydromorphone) or illicit methadone.
Methadone may react with other medications or street drugs as well as alcohol. It is extremely important to notify the health provider of any other substances, including prescriptions, being taken during methadone treatment.
Treatment and Staff
BH Health Services offers just one program—Intensive Outpatient (IOP) that includes methadone maintenance and individual and group therapy. It combines the 12 steps with CBT and clients are required to attend two NA/AA meetings a week.
The nine-week program meets three times a week for a total of 27 sessions. Clients come to the clinic daily for their methadone, but therapy is scheduled Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6 pm to 9 pm or from 9 am to noon on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. A Sunday schedule is also offered from 6 am to 9 am. Once a week, participants have an individual check-in with their counselor.
IOP treatment is divided into four phases. Whenever possible, clients are grouped with others who are in the same phase of treatment.
Phase one initially involves stabilizing the client. Through a series of assessments—mental, physical and emotional—counselor and client then develop a treatment plan together. Phase two is the commitment phase, with the client admitting the desire to achieve recovery. Phase three is rehabilitation, where physical and psychological stability is reached. By the time of the final, or “decision point,” phase, the client has achieved stability for several weeks on a certain dose of methadone and their daily responsibilities are manageable. The client decides at this point whether they want to be kept on this dosage for an indefinite period of time or start to be weaned off methadone.
This program satisfies the state of Maryland’s court-ordered treatment requirements for those on parole or probation. The staff consists of certified addiction counselors, registered nurses and a supervising physician.
The methadone maintenance and IOP program at BH Health Services is a pretty bare-bones operation. However, they do provide a comfortable lounge area with coffee and snacks for those who are waiting for treatment. Also, catered lunch or dinner is provided during all group therapy sessions.
BH Health Services is an outpatient facility offering a very affordable treatment service for those with opioid dependency. The use of methadone to ease withdrawal, combined with the 12 steps in group and individual sessions, offers clients a chance to carefully wean off opiates with professional supervision and learn a new way of life.
BH Health Services
450 E Main St
Westminster, MD 21157
BH Health Services Cost: $125 (first intake/methadone); following this, $80 (per week). Reach BH Health Services by phone at (410) 871-3005.
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