Five miles north of downtown Baltimore, the HARBEL Prevention and Recovery Center, a branch of the HARBEL Community Organization, provides outpatient treatment for substance abuse to the Greater Baltimore area.
HARBEL started in the late 60s as an interfaith organization addressing community issues. By the mid-80s it was offering substance abuse recovery services, which have now evolved into a specialized outpatient program for adults and adolescents.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment consists of individual therapy and group counseling which are discussion-based groups utilizing CBT and Motivational Interviewing (MI). Didactic groups are psychoeducational, meaning that they are led by counselors and aimed to educate clients about particular drugs and their harmful effects. Discussion of consequences as a result of drug abuse is encouraged among peers. There are groups for adolescents and DUI offenders, special groups for men who have been involved with domestic violence and special groups for marijuana users. There are also gender-specific groups, often dealing with trauma. HARBEL doesn’t offer medication management.
While it is not against 12-step recovery, HARBEL doesn’t base its program on any 12-step methodology. Clients are not required to attend AA or NA meetings, although they may discuss working these into a personal treatment plan with their counselors.
There are two tracks at HARBEL: Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and regular outpatient. IOP clients attend group four days a week for four hours a day. Outpatient clients have more variable schedules, coming in for group three times a week and then stepping down to every other week. The office is open six days a week, Monday through Saturday, to accommodate work and family obligations.
The leadership staff is small but clients still receive plenty of support from the clinical team of licensed substance abuse counselors and licensed social workers. The Program Director also has 20 years of experience with individual counseling, having worked as a social worker in a private practice before taking on her role here.
They also have a grant-funded program at HARBEL, specifically for uninsured Baltimore residents. These qualified participants are only responsible for a $10 copay for services. All clients who live outside the Baltimore area are required to pay out of pocket.
HARBEL Prevention and Recovery Center is an affordable resource for Baltimore locals. The organization has years of experience and recognizes special populations within the recovery community—a plus for adolescents looking for a specialized program. Potential clients looking for traditional 12-step recovery will not find it here, but will find a therapeutic community to supplement and support their work in a 12-step program, if that is the route they choose to go.
HARBEL Prevention and Recovery Center Location
HARBEL Prevention and Recovery Center
5807 Harford Rd
Baltimore, MD 21214
HARBEL Prevention and Recovery Center Cost
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