Harford County Health Department

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Harford County Health Department provides an array of outpatient treatment and support services for persons suffering from a mental illness, substance use disorder or addiction. Harford County Health Department is a multifaceted program that strives to meet the ever-changing behavioral health needs of the community.

Harford County Health Department Focus:


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.

Rehab Services:

Opioid Dependence Treatment

Medication Assisted Treatment is the use of medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a whole patient approach to treatment. Medication Assisted Treatment is an individual based treatment modality provided by the Division's psychiatrist. Clients are assessed and if clinically appropriate the psychiatrist will prescribe the appropriate medication and monitor the effectiveness of the medication, progress toward the reduction of symptoms and the client's progress toward achieving their treatment goals.

Buprenorphine Detox and Treatment

The Buprenorphine Treatment Program offers clients long-term treatment for Opioid Dependence. This intensive program is overseen by the Division’s psychiatrist and treatment staff. Clients enrolled in the Buprenorphine Treatment Program must attend weekly individual and group treatment sessions. At each session, clients will be screened for controlled substances. Clients must be free from illegal substances in order to remain in treatment.

Vivitrol used for Addiction Recovery

Vivitrol has proven to be extremely effective in the treatment of opiate and alcohol abuse, especially when complimented with an effective rehab program. Vivitrol is a non-narcotic, non-addictive medication approved by the FDA that is used to suppress a person's cravings for a substance. If clinically appropriate the Division’s Prescriber provides supplies and administers Vivitrol. Vivitrol is a medication used for the treatment of Alcohol and Opioid Dependence.

Psychotropic Medication

Psychotropic medications (aka psychodynamic medication) are any medicines used specifically to affect and/or alter a patient’s mind, emotions, and behaviors. Such psychiatric medicines are often used to change chemical levels in the brain that impact a person’s mood and behavior. These medications include mood stabilizers, antidepressants, anti-ADHD drugs, and anti-anxiety medications.

What does Harford County Health Department 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.

Treatment Types:

Individualized Treatment

Individualized and strength-based practices on identifying and building upon the client's preferences, needs, strengths and abilities. Individualized and strength-based practices promote client engagement, commitment, and positive outcomes. Being respectful and working collaboratively is a demonstration of client-centered, individualized and strength-based practices. Treatment plans are based on client specific needs and strengths.

Family Program

Family therapy/services help family members improve communication and resolve conflicts. Family therapy/services include the family members or loved ones for which the client consented. Family sessions can teach skills to deepen family connections and assist the family with getting through stressful times. Family members are encouraged to participate in educational services within the Division and the community.

Aftercare Support

Continuing Care is a free service provided to clients who have successfully been discharged from Outpatient services. Continuing Care is a peer driven support service in which former clients are provided with telephone based check-ins for up to one year post discharge. Continuing Care services are designed to support an individual in recovery and to provide a bridge in the event issues or concerns arise.

Therapies Offered:

Individual Therapy

Individual (sometimes called "therapy", "psychotherapy" or "counseling") is a process in which clients work one-on-one with a trained counselor, in a safe, caring, and confidential environment, to explore their feelings, beliefs, or behaviors, to work through challenging or influential memories, to identity aspects of their lives that they would like to change, to better understand themselves and others, to set personal goals, and to work toward desired change. individual sessions generally run about 50-60.

Trauma Therapy

Trauma informed care is a realization of the impact of trauma. Trauma informed care is the utilization of appropriate evidenced based, trauma based treatment approaches. Trauma informed care is the ability to recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma. Trauma informed care incorporates trauma based best practices into policies and procedures. Trauma informed care endeavors to prevent re-traumatization.

Group Therapy

Group is modality in which a counselor works with several people at the same time. Group is utilized as a modality of change by developing, exploring and examining interpersonal relationships within the group. Clients may find relief when hearing others discuss what they are going through and realize they are not alone. Clients may see how other people tackle problems and have made positive changes; clients may discover a whole range of strategies for facing their own concerns, Group sessions encourage clients to put their own problems in perspective.


  • CARF


  • Medicaid may cover part or all of your addiction treatment costs.
  • Cash payments accepted

Rehabs in Maryland

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  • Ashley Addiction Treatment 800 Tydings Lane Havre De Grace, MD 21078
  • Baltimore VA Medical Center 10 North Greene Street Baltimore, MD 21201
  • Recovery Centers of America 314 Grove Neck Road Earleville, MD 21919
  • Center for Addiction at John Hopkins 4940 Eastern Avenue Baltimore, MD 21224


  • Men and Women Allowed
  • Facility for Adults and Young Adults
  • Smoking is not allowed during the treatment
  • Bilingual therapists and staff (Spanish)
  • Special programs for patients with HIV or AIDS