All of our treatment programs provide medication assisted treatment for opioid addiction. Our licensed clinicians and medical care providers work with each patient individually to identify which treatment option is most appropriate.
Methadone and Suboxone reduce the cravings for opioids and prevents the onset of withdrawal symptoms. With time, effort, and commitment, these medications will allow you to lead a more stable life. Counseling is a critical part of the services we provide. Your level of commitment and involvement with your counselor will greatly improve your outcomes.
Services we provide:
-Suboxone Maintenance (Woodlawn Only)
-Individual Addiction Counseling
-Intensive Outpatient Group Counseling (Woodlawn, Westminster, & coming soon to Frederick)
-DWI Approved Classes (Woodlawn Only)
-Referral Services (vocational rehabilitation, mental health, primary care physicians or specialists, other drug and alcohol treatment facilities)
-Urine Drug Screening and Breathalyzers for Alcohol Testing
-Medical review including physical exam, general blood tests, TB, hepatitis, and syphilis screening, and pregnancy testing
A Helping Hand and Genesis Treatment Services are independent corporations and not legally affiliated with one another. Although the ownership of both of these corporations is the same, each company holds its own assets and liabilities exclusively. However, for full disclosure, some minor administrative resources are shared.
"Great program! Got me back on track after 13 years off and very fast!"
"I love it here so much. Y'all are awesome..."
"The whole staff are remarkable in the area of helping everyone."
All three of our locations accept Maryland Medicaid (State Insurance). This covers all services with no out of pocket payment.
If you have private insurance we require payment of self pay rates as services are rendered. However, we will assist in helping you get reimbursed from your insurance company if coverage is applicable.
If you are uninsured our self pay rates vary at each location:
Intake Fee- $0
Weekly Fee- $85
Intake Fee- $150
Weekly Fee- $85
Intake Fee- $0
Weekly Fee- $80
We recently had our Grand Opening for Genesis Treatment Services in Frederick on March 25th 2019. Please call us at 240-831-4237 to schedule a tour, information session, or an intake appointment!
What is Methadone?
Methadone is an addictive, morphine-like medication or drug that was created in Germany during World War II. It was approved in the U.S. in the late 1940's as a pain reliever and cough suppressant. Much later it was found to be an effective treatment for heroin and other opiate addiction. It is taken orally, and will not produce a "high" if taken properly.
What Should I expect on my first day of treatment?
Our intake process take about 2-3 hours. We require that you bring your picture ID and insurance card (MMA Patients Only). When you walk into our facility you will be greeted by front office staff. They will ask for your identification cards and ask you to fill out some paperwork. Once you have completed those forms you will then be escorted to the urine tech where we will ask you to leave a urine sample. Shortly after that you will meet with the medical assistant and one of our medical providers for your physical assessment. You will then meet with one of our qualified addiction counselors for your mental assessment and history. Once you are finished with your counselor you will be escorted to the medication lobby and receive your first dose of medication. Our team members will thoroughly explain what you are to do each day that you come in.
Why is Methadone used to treat long-term heroin addiction?
Methadone works to prevent the withdrawal symptoms of heroin and other opiates. The proper dose reduces cravings and blocks the effects of other opiates. People on stable doses of methadone will not experience the pain and discomfort from withdrawal, and are more likely to engage in therapy, such as counseling, which may increase their chances of leading a more normal life. Methadone reduces the health risks of heroin use, including the risk of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis. Methadone had been used with success to treat thousands of people since the mid-1960's. Today, methadone maintenance is often called Medication-Assisted Treatment. Methadone is not a cure for opiate addiction. It is a supportive medication used with counseling, urine screening, and self-help groups.
What is meant by "medication assisted treatment"?
Medication-Assisted treatment includes the daily use of a stable dose of methadone as a substitute for unlawful and unlawfully obtained opiates. It is used for people who have a long history of opiate addiction. Some people require methadone treatment for many months, while others require methadone treatment for many years.
What is stabilization?
When a person taking methadone has been brought to his or her proper maintenance dose and is able to take the drug daily without any noticeable side effects/withdrawal, he or she is stabilized. This may not occur if the methadone is not taken as directed.
What is normal dose?
A normal dose, is the dose that will block the effects of other narcotics and prevent withdrawal symptoms and cravings. This dose varies widely by individual, based on numerous factors that may include things such as, metabolism, tolerance, history of abuse, etc…
Will I need to increase methadone doses indefinitely to stay well?
No. After reaching the proper maintenance dose, patients generally do not need increases.
How should methadone be taken?
By mouth daily.
How long does the effect of a methadone dose last?
Methadone acts on your system for about 36 hours, though it varies a little from one person to another.
If I stop taking methadone abruptly, how long will it take before I get sick?This also varies from person to person; however, many people say about 48 to 56 hours. Withdrawal symptoms are similar to those from heroin and other morphine-like drugs, though not as severe but longer-lasting.
Will I ever be able to get off of methadone completely, without getting sick?
By undergoing a medically supervised withdrawal from methadone, your chances of severe withdrawal symptoms are reduced. However, at some points during the withdrawal, you may feel symptoms similar to and in some cases as, severe as withdrawal from other opiates.
How long do I have to stay on methadone?
It depends on the individual. If at some point in treatment you feel that you want to get off methadone maintenance, you should meet with your counselor and the clinic physician to plan your course for withdrawal if it is deemed appropriate.