Addiction Recovery Therapy in Maryland


Every individual who enters Fresh Start Recovery Center will receive an individualized treatment plan, based in our holistic, multidisciplinary approach towards treatment. Each individual has a treatment plan made up of effective, evidence-based therapeutic modalities based around their needs and strengths as they build towards long term recovery. Much of the treatment engages group therapy, and throughout recovery you will be surrounded with individuals with similar problems, facing the same challenges, and seeking the same opportunities for change. During recovery you will be provided with not only the tools and skills to overcome your addiction, but the knowledge and experience of how and when to uses these tools in long term recovery.

Recreational Therapy

Outside of your time at the facility, there are a number of therapeutic activities that you will have the opportunity to explore. These activities include trips to local attractions as well as outdoor activities throughout beautiful Montgomery County and the Washington D.C area!

These trips might have a social, spiritual or cultural focus, in allowing groups to explore local museums, art galleries and historical sites we are helping them relate to one another and explore themselves.  Other therapeutic recreational activities might include nature therapies, such as hikes and nature walks, a proven treatment that can ease stress and boost recovery.

You will also have the opportunity to go on outings with your groups, allowing you to take a break from the more intense aspects of recovery, and relearning how to enjoy yourself without drugs and alcohol.

Expressive Therapy

Expressive Therapy gives patients a chance to explore the arts. Guided by your therapists, groups will get the opportunity to create meaningful art that expresses there inner thoughts and feelings.

These expressive therapies help you tap into and examine your addiction. Alongside the more traditional group therapies, we will help you engage with the creative arts in a manner designed to address your needs

Group Therapy

At Fresh Start Recovery Center, we strongly believe that group therapy is the foundation of recovery. In group therapy, guided by our experienced and educated clinical staff, you will build an immediate community of people from your area with the same goal as you, recovery.

At every step of treatment, you can rely on those around you as resources to create success by learning and developing new, positive coping skills and strategies that will guide your long term recovery.

Trauma Focused

Addiction and trauma are intertwined, part of your therapeutic plan will address any underlying traumas that you may have, head-on. We beleive that when we deal with our traumas we can spur recovery. Our trained and experienced staff will modify and adapt your program to directly fit your needs.

Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing encourages the examination of how an individual can make steps towards positive change. The focus is on your strengths and motivations so you can begin making positive changes and building these skills on your way to recovery.

Motivational Interviewing is based in positive affirmations. Living in the cycle of addiction can leave you feeling hopeless, helpless and lifeless. Taking small steps towards regaining control of your life, with the support of our team and your group, is the first step!

Case Management

The cycle of addiction can leave your life a bit messy; you might face legal or professional issues stemming from it. Your case manager will be by your side to help you and advocate for you. Case managers are equipped with a wealth of knowledge to help you tackle these issues.

Facing issues like bad credit or dealing with your criminal record can be daunting, but we are here to help.

Part of recovery is returning to a more normal rhythm of life, during treatment you will have the opportunity to start working towards that; we encourage you to begin working, return to school, begin volunteering or start training for your next opportunity.

Family Therapy

Addiction is a family disease, which is why we are committed to working with every client and their loved ones together. We are here to assist you in establishing healthy strategies for healing, setting healthy boundaries and dealing with family issues.

Upon starting any treatment level, our staff will assess your family situation. We look at you and your families strengths and need when we begin reaching out to loved ones. We are dedicated to working with you and your loved ones, emphasizing psycho-education, examining codependency and learning successful strategies to setting clear, healthy boundaries and build a foundation for success.

Co-occurring Diagnosis

Co-occurring substance abuse issues and severe mental health disorders often play a significant factor in determining your treatment plan. If you need dual-diagnosis care, your treatment plan will be built around your needs.

Severe mental health disorders can often times be debilitating; it is our priority to give you access to the care you need and deserve. At Fresh Start Recovery Center you will have access to psychiatric care as well as the proper medications to keep you well.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a commonly used tool in addiction treatment. In the cycle of addiction, you brain’s reward circuits are malfunctioning due to using drugs and alcohol to deal with life’s stresses. The focus of CBT is to relearn healthy coping skills to build the necessary tool set to engage with the stresses of life.

CBT sessions focus on active goal, designed around your needs, with a focus on providing structure and emphasizing on direct plans of action. The therapy is collaborative, meaning our staff will work with you on your goals.

CBT is educational, focused on you learning effective, healthy and safe ways to identify and deal with stress or other triggers. As you move through treatment, these therapies will help you get used to dealing with stress in a positive manner, without resorting to unhealthy habits like drugs and alcohol.


Your therapy program and team at Fresh Start Recovery will help you build the skills and experience you will need  to succeed in life after treatment. You will exit treatment with strategies to prevent a relapse. The therapeutic techniques you learn and the community you build will be your strength.

As you progress through treatment, we will focus on giving you a list of resources to use when confronting familiar or new stresses out in the real world. From partial hospitalization to outpatient, your treatment program will address a healthy approach to long term success.

What it means to be an Amatus Managed Recovery Center

  • Person First Philosophy

    Our mission is to get you in the best facility that will allow you to heal and find long term recovery. Whether you enter one of our facilities or another facility, we will help everyone who contacts us find the appropriate place for them to heal.

  • National Footprint, Community Focus

    Our nationwide network of treatment centers and referral partners allows us to make an impact in multiple communities. We want every individual to thrive, and become a positive force in your community. We desire to help people and communities recover.

  • Facility and Treatment

    We are committed to providing the highest level of care, delivered in cutting-edge facilities designed to support your recovery. Every individual gets an individualized treatment plan, with the highest-level of care standards and quality.

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