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Baltimore MarylandThe Basics

People Encouraging People was founded in 1979 by Bernard Shapiro, a businessman and philanthropist hoping to give back to his Maryland community by providing the beginnings for a nonprofit behavioral healthcare corporation. Over time PEP has grown to include six locations in Baltimore, Glen Burnie, Hyattsville and Rockville giving clients access to a substantial network of resources and professionals. All branches have outpatient substance abuse treatment programs that combine traditional therapeutic methods and holistic practices.

Treatment and Staff

The substance abuse treatment program at PEP is a basic outpatient track using a multi-disciplinary approach. Clients are initially assessed to determine the severity of their addiction and to develop an individualized plan tailored to their needs. Treatment modalities may include individual and group therapy, family therapy and relapse prevention training. Holistic therapies such as mindfulness and meditation training, nutrition planning and various spiritual methods are all integrated into the program as well.

Treatment also follows the Stages of Change Model throughout the course of treatment to thoroughly involve the client in their own recovery process. If the client relapses as they progress through the stages, they return to stage one. The 12 steps are not incorporated into the program, however clients are strongly encouraged to involve themselves with a community based peer-support group and referrals are available.

The staff at PEP consists of LSWs, LPCs and a CADC.


In addition to substance abuse treatment, PEP also offers a variety of other services and programs for clients and the community at large. Clinical, case management, psychiatric, vocational, residential, housing and workforce development services are all available.

In Summary

PEP’s basic outpatient program implements a variety of alternative therapies that make this facility ideal for individuals looking for a program that incorporates treatment for the body, mind and spirit. Through individualized planning, holistic therapies and the Stages of Change model, clients receive the care and help they need while still being encouraged to find recovery on their own terms.

People Encouraging People
22 S. Howard St
Baltimore, MD 21201

People Encouraging People Cost: Sliding scale. Reach People Encouraging People by phone at (410) 366-4299. Find People Encouraging People on Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+

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