Substance Use

If you or someone you care about is chronically using drugs or alcohol it can lead to changes in the brain, which can lead to mental health issues including paranoia, depression, anxiety, aggression, and other problems. It is important to ask yourself these questions and be honest with yourself about the answers:

  • Do you need more and more of a substance to get the same effects?
  • Do you feel strange when the alcohol or drugs wear off? 
  • Do you feel like you can’t stop yourself from using a substance? Even when you want to? 

Remember there are resources to help you on your journey to recovery.

Tobacco, Alcohol, Prescription medication, and other Substance use Tool (TAPS)


University Resources

Drug and Alcohol Awareness and Overdose Prevention: The university community is committed to helping student with drug and alcohol awareness. Check this page for campus events and updated information on campus resources

Students Promoting Awareness (SPA): SPA will strive to spread awareness of drug abuse to both the local student University of Maryland Baltimore community and the Baltimore city community

UMB Scholars for RecoveryStudent organization to support students who are in recovery

Other Resources

Alcoholics Anonymous: Find AA meetings throughout Maryland to help you on your road to recovery. This comprehensive directory of AA meetings includes open, closed, speaker, and other specialized meetings, all of which are designed to help you get sober and remain sober.

Maryland NA Meetings: Find Maryland Narcotics Anonymous meetings or choose inpatient treatment centers near you

Marijuana Anonymous: A free peer-support program that uses the proven 12-steps from AA to help individuals struggling with addictive tendencies and physical dependence on marijuana.

SMART Recovery: SMART stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training to support those in recovery. It has in person and online meetings for individuals (including young adults, LGBTQ+, Veterans, and Friends & Family) as well as other resources.

College Alcoholism and Binge Drinking: This article discusses binge drinking and alcoholism on college campuses as well as, how and why we all should work together to combat this culture

Haven @ UMBCOutpatient drug and alcohol treatment clinic that includes individual and group counseling services primarily focused on college and graduate students

Drug & Alcohol Detox Centers in Maryland: If you or someone close to you are ready to break away from addiction and establish a recovery, the first stage will be detoxification. is dedicated to helping you evaluate Maryland detox centers until you find the ideal match

Community ResourcesAdopted from Scholars for Recovery

Substance Use Treatment Centers

Maryland Free Rehab Centers: Maryland Free Rehab Centers offers free resources for assistance with alcohol, drug, and other rehab-related problems in 38 cities in Maryland. 

Kolmac Clinic: The Kolmac clinic is an outpatient drug and alcohol treatment clinic that includes detox, intensive outpatient services, and continuing care services

Chase Brexton Health Care: Chase Brexton offers substance use services at their Glen Burnie and Mt. Vernon Centers. Their staff provides screenings, evaluations, crisis interventions, individual and group counseling, psychoeducational groups, intensive outpatient program services, and referrals to more intensive treatment programs as needed.

Congruent Counseling Services: This Outpatient Addiction Recovery Center program addresses both mental health and substance use issues, at the same time utilizing group therapy, psychoeducation, individual therapy, family group sessions, and family counseling. Locations include Annapolis, Columbia, Eldersburg, Frederick, Millersville, Rockville, and Towson. 

American Psychiatric Group: At American Psychiatric Group, their addiction psychiatrists and therapists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of substance abuse and the mental health conditions that accompany it. They treat people of all ages who have addictions to illegal drugs, alcohol, and prescription medications complicated by coexisting mental health disorders. Their offices are located in Baltimore and Columbia, MD. 

Unlimited Bounds Human Services: Unlimited Bounds, located in Baltimore, MD, provides a multitude of services under the umbrella of their Outpatient Mental Health Services, specializing in substance abuse treatment and case management services. 

Alcohol & Drug Rehab Centers in Maryland: This website can help you find a treatment center in any city in Maryland, including specialized care, detox centers, and inpatient and outpatient care.