A Step Forward

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A Step Forward is located in Baltimore, Maryland. A Step Forward is a faith-based, non-profit organization that provides supportive housing and wrap around services in a safe and secure environment that is conducive to recovery from substance abuse and other life threatening issues.

A Step Forward Focus:

Opiate Addiction

Opiate Addiction Treatment Centers specialize in supporting those recovering from opioid addiction. They treat those suffering from addiction to illegal opioids like heroin, as well as prescription drugs like oxycodone. These centers typically combine both physical as well as mental and emotional support to help stop addiction. Physical support often includes medical detox and subsequent medical support (including medication), and mental support includes in-depth therapy to address the underlying causes of addiction.


The goal of treatment for alcoholism is abstinence. Those with poor social support, poor motivation, or psychiatric disorders tend to relapse within a few years of treatment. For these people, success is measured by longer periods of abstinence, reduced use of alcohol, better health, and improved social functioning. Recovery and Maintenance are usually based on 12 step programs and AA meetings.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse

A combined mental health and substance abuse treatment center has the staff and resources available to handle individuals with both mental health and substance abuse issues. It can be challenging to determine where a specific symptom stems from (a mental health issue or an issue related to substance abuse), so mental health and substance abuse professionals are helpful in detangling symptoms and keeping treatment on track.

What does A Step Forward offer?

Intensive Outpatient (IOP)

Intensive Outpatient programs are for those who want or need a very structured treatment program but who also wish to live at home and continue with certain responsibilities (such as work or school). IOP substance abuse treatment programs vary in duration and intensity, and certain outpatient rehab centers will offer individualized treatment programs.

Outpatient (OP)

Outpatient programs are for those seeking mental rehab or drug rehab, but who also stay at home every night. The main difference between outpatient treatment (OP) and intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) lies in the amount of hours the patient spends at the facility. Most of the time an outpatient program is designed for someone who has completed an inpatient stay and is looking to continue their growth in recovery. Outpatient is not meant to be the starting point, it is commonly referred to as aftercare.

Residential (inpatient) Treatment

Residential treatment programs are those that offer housing and meals in addition to substance abuse treatment. Rehab facilities that offer residential treatment allow patients to focus solely on recovery, in an environment totally separate from their lives. Some rehab centers specialize in short-term residential treatment (a few days to a week or two), while others solely provide treatment on a long-term basis (several weeks to months). Some offer both, and tailor treatment to the patient's individual requirements.

Treatment Types:

Individualized Treatment

Certain drug and alcohol rehab centers have standard treatment regimes they expect all patients to follow. Others offer individualized treatment, meaning they tailor treatment to a person’s specific background and needs. For example, a rehab facility may adjust a treatment program to take into account the type of drug or addiction from which the person suffers, their age, medical condition(s), religious beliefs, or lifestyle.

Therapies Offered:

Individual Therapy

Individual counseling is a collaborative process in which a unique, confidential helping relationship is developed between a counselor and a willing client (student/Client). In this relationship, the professional counselor acts as a facilitator to help the client to understand more accurately his/herself and the world around him/her.

Group Therapy

Group counseling is a form of therapy, which posits that people benefit from shared experiences. Usually group counseling is focused on a particular issue, for example obsessive-compulsive disorder or anger management. One of the main principals behind group counseling is the idea that dealing with specific issues may cause isolation, and a feeling that one is alone in facing one’s problems.

Experiential Therapy

Experiential therapy is a form of therapy in which clients are encouraged to surface and work through subconscious issues by engaging in real-time experiences. Experiential therapy departs from traditional “talk therapy” by involving the body, and having clients engage in activities, movements, and physical and emotional expression. This can involve role-play or using props (which can include other people). Experiential therapy can help people process trauma, memories, and emotion quickly, deeply, and in a lasting fashion, leading to substantial and impactful healing.

Life Skills

Life skills trainings involve all the skills a person must have in order to function successfully in the world. These include time management, career guidance, money management, and effective communication. Truly successful addiction recovery is based on the ability to not only live substance-free, but to thrive. Life skills teaches the practical necessities of functioning in society, which sets clients up for success in life, and therefore sobriety.

A Step Forward Highlights:

SRO housing contains multiple single room dwelling units that are occupancy by one person. These units may contain food preparation or sanitary facilities, or both. The rental assistance payments cover the difference between a portion of the tenant’s income (normally 30%) and the unit’s rent, which must be within the fair market rent (FMR) established by HUD.
The Transitional Housing provides funds for the construction, acquisition, or rehabilitation of residential housing for low-income individuals and families having an immediate need for temporary or transitional housing. The Transitional housing programs play an important part in many communities as they aid people struggling to get back on their feet. THP help people in your community make the transition to living on their own.
The Supportive Housing Program is designed to develop supportive housing and services that will allow homeless persons to live as independently as possible. Supportive Housing Program is provided to help homeless persons meet three overall goals: Achieve residential stability, Increase their skill levels and/or incomes, and Obtain greater self-determination (ie, more influence over decisions that affect their lives).
Low income housing is offered to individuals or families with income that is 50% – 80% below area median income. The purpose of low income housing is to provide affordable places for people to live at below market value cost. The goal is to make the property as affordable as possible. Subsidies are often defined by whether the subsidy is given to the landlord and then criteria are set for the tenants they can lease to or whether the subsidy is given to the tenant, typically as a voucher, and they are allow to find suitable private housing. The subsidy amount is typically based on the tenant’s income, but other formulas have been used.
Clinical case management is the process of facilitating, linking, monitoring, and advocating for children and their families to ensure that multiple services, designed to meet a families and a child’s need for care, are delivered in a coordinated and therapeutic manner. CCM are able to provide accurate assessments, create and coordinate services plans, and know when and how to intervene.
A Step Forward, Inc. offers 6 week and 26 week DWI Education Programs designed to meet the needs of persons who have been convicted of a DWI/DUI, have a court case pending against them or require basic education on alcohol/drug abuse and do not meet the criteria for a dependence disorder. The program utilizes an educational model to dispel myths regarding alcohol/drug abuse and to assist the patient in understanding the causes, effects, personal costs and implications to society. The program introduces the individual to the rationale and the necessity of DWI/DUI laws. DWI education often serves as a spring board into treatment and sobriety. As the patient becomes more educated about drug and alcohol abuse they often begin to personally recognize additional alcohol/drug addiction patterns.
A halfway house or recovery house is only a clean and sober environment, where recovering people can continue their recovery. The purpose of a halfway house, also called a recovery house or sober house, is generally to allow people to begin the process of reintegration with society, while still providing monitoring and support; this is generally believed to reduce the risk of recidivism or relapse when compared to a release directly into society.


  • Men and Women Allowed
  • Facility for Adults and Young Adults
  • A Step Forward, Incorporated (ASF) Woman and Children’s Wellness Program (WCWP) is a long-term, 6 o 12 month support program for chemically dependent pregnant and parenting women. The WCWP is a program that emphasize personal accountability and responsibility. Skilled staff, volunteers, counseling and childcare professionals provide a multi-disciplinary team approach that is gender -specific in a residential setting.
  • Effective HIV and AIDS education can help prevent these new infections by providing people with information about HIV and how it is passed on, and in doing so equipping individuals with the knowledge to protect themselves from becoming infected with the virus. HIV and AIDS education can take place at A Step Forward in many different environments, from classes at school to families and friends sharing knowledge at home. It is important that this education is provided in a variety of settings to ensure that the most vulnerable and marginalised groups in society are reached, and that accurate information about HIV and AIDS is reinforced from different sources.
  • Programs for active duty military seeking for mental health help


  • Private Health Insurance plans accepted
  • Medicare rehab coverage
  • State financed or Low cost Treatment
  • Cash payments accepted

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