Garrett County Health Department has been offering its state run substance abuse program in Oakland, Maryland for the last 20 years. Its services include an intensive, jail-based program for incarcerated individuals with substance abuse, an outpatient Adult Clinic, a DWI program, Child and Adolescent Services for addicted youth and a separate Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).
Treatment and Staff
Garrett County’s Adult Clinic provides outpatient substance abuse services in the form of group and individual therapy for women, families and couples. While they do offer support for some dual diagnosis clients, referrals to outside agencies may be necessary for more severe cases. The adult program is provided out of Garrett County’s main Oakland offices as well as its other facility in Grantsville.
DWI services consist of Maryland’s own state-certified program, as well as pre-court assessments and a six-month program which provides 12 hours of weekly group therapy for a minimum 26 weeks. The above also includes an educational program on pharmacology, substance use and treatment resources.
Garrett County’s program for adolescents is aimed at middle and high school students, and includes assessments by addiction counselors, referrals,educational groups for high-risk children and individual, group, family and play therapies. Those who enroll in this program can do so voluntarily or by court order; length of stay is determined by assessment and can change along the way.
IOP offers assessments and evaluations for Garrett County residents and their families who are having problems with substance abuse. Most of treatment consists of group therapy, but there are also three mandatory individual sessions a week—both use CBT and DBT. IOP requires a minimum 13 week commitment and runs Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm (with varying evening hours as well).
A director and a clinical supervisor run the IOP program, with weekly on-site 12-step meetings (though these are not specifically AA or NA). There is no detox and this program is only available at the Oakland location. Both the Oakland and Grantsville facilities employ a team of accredited drug and alcohol counselors.
Aside from their main programs, Garrett County also offers an intensive jail program for incarcerated individuals in need of substance abuse treatment (offered at the Garrett County Detention Center). The program lasts eight weeks and consists of 32 therapy sessions, providing education about addiction and counseling to those 18 and over.
For the most part, Garrett County Health Department offers only the basics for addiction treatment. Still, they do offer a range of community-oriented services all at an affordable price. For those in the area who want the flexibility of a less intensive program, Garrett County programs could be a useful resource.
Garrett County Health Department
1025 Memorial Drive
Oakland, MD 21550
28 Hershberger Lane
Grantsville, MD 21536
Garrett County Health Department Cost: $39 per session (Medicaid accepted). Reach Garrett County Health Department by phone at (301) 334-7670 or by email at [email protected]. Find Garrett County Health Department on Facebook
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