Located just outside Baltimore in Towson, Marlyand, the Maryland Addiction and Recovery Center (MARC) provides both residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment. MARC opened its doors in January 2014, though its staff members have several decades of substance abuse treatment experience. Its residential program, Community Living Treatment (CLT) offers residents 30 to 90-day stays in which clients engage in a full continuum of clinical care while also working towards educational and vocational goals.
Accommodations and Food
Clients of the MARC CLT program are housed in an upscale home in a leafy suburban neighborhood. Up to 18 residents are in treatment at any one time, and men and women occupy separate floors of the residence. Each room is double occupancy and features a comfortable modern décor. Each floor has a TV room and exercise room, and the staff schedules regular movie nights.
Residents receive an $80 food allowance each week and are taken by the resident manager for weekly food shopping. Residents then prepare their own meals, receiving menu planning and nutrition counseling in their life skills classes. Each Sunday night, residents prepare a communal dinner.
Treatment and Staff
Days begin with house meetings in which residents discuss chores and any issues arising between themselves. As befits its name, Community Living Treatment, the program fosters communication and cooperation among residents to improve their interpersonal skills. Residents are then transported to MARC’s clinical building, a 15-minute drive away, where they have a full day of group and individual therapy and life skills classes. Therapy uses CBT, Motivational Interviewing (MI) and the 12-step framework. Clients also learn mindfulness techniques and strategies for living with co-occurring disorders. After treatment each day, clients do homework, exercise, make dinner and are then transported by the residence staff to nightly 12-step meetings in the community.
MARC’s Executive Director, Samuel Bierman, ICADC, previously held executive positions with the non-profit Caron Foundation. MARC’s program director, Cheryl Caplan-Zalas, LCSW-C, spent 10 years developing programs at Baltimore’s Mountain Manor Treatment Center. The treatment team is made up of addiction counselors and Master’s-level therapists including LCSWs and CSWs. Many members of the team have extensive experience treating co-occurring disorders, and medication can be administered by MARC’s psychiatrist and nurse practitioner.
As clients stabilize in treatment, MARC’s counselors help them identify educational and professional goals and create action plans to achieve them. Clients also receive life coaching services to help them with their goals.
CLT clients have yoga classes on the weekend. As they stabilize in treatment, they can apply for passes to visit family on weekends and overnight. For aftercare, most residents step down to MARC’s outpatient program.
Maryland Addiction Recovery Center’s Community Living Treatment is an intimate residential program that teaches men and women struggling with addiction the benefits of community and cooperation while providing evidence-based treatment and support in using the 12-step framework. The highly-experienced treatment team is able to treat co-occurring disorders and provide guidance for reaching post-treatment professional and educational goals.
Maryland Addiction Recovery Center Residential
8600 LaSalle Rd
Carroll Building, Ste 212
Towson, MD 21286
Maryland Addiction Recovery Center Residential Cost: $12,500 (30 days). Reach Maryland Addiction Recovery Center Residential by phone at (410) 773-0500 or by email at [email protected]. Find Maryland Addiction Recovery Center on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and YouTube
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