There are many ways to treat substance abuse.

In fact, there are probably as many different treatments as there are substances. Some substance abuse treatments are successful and have stood the test of time. Many others are trendy and controversial and have not withstood research and testing.

And while the success of any substance abuse treatment truly depends on the patient receiving it, the elements of the treatment and the treatment center doing it are also crucial. It is, ultimately, a team effort.

There are substance abuse treatment centers which have a “whole person, whole life” philosophy. This means that they treat the “whole person” not just their addiction. The National Institute on Drug Abuse   (NIH) states that whole person treatment is necessary for the patient to heal from their addiction(s):

The compulsion to get drugs, take drugs, and experience the effects of drugs has dominated their every waking moment, and abusing drugs has taken the place of all the things they used to enjoy doing. It has disrupted how they function in their family lives, at work, and in the community, and has made them more likely to suffer from other serious illnesses. Because addiction can affect so many aspects of a person’s life, treatment must address the needs of the whole person to be successful. This is why the best programs incorporate a variety of rehabilitative services into their comprehensive treatment regimens. Treatment counselors may select from a menu of services for meeting the specific medical, psychological, social, vocational, and legal needs of their patients to foster their recovery from addiction.

Any, “Whole Person, Whole Life” Substance Abuse Treatment must incorporate these elements:

  1. Medical Conditions: The patient’s medical history may be a clue to how the addiction began. Medical records, family history, chronic illnesses and pains, prescriptions and all other pertinent health history is examined.
  2. Mental Health: Have they suffered from mental health issues? They may have had depression, anxiety, alienation, isolation, career failures or suffered abuse from other
  3. Economics: Their employment income history, spending habits and work skills are examined.
  4. Home Situation: What is their physical home like? Who lives with them and how is the relationship is researched. Is their safety and stability there?
  5. Social Interaction: Friendships, fellow employees or students and community relationships are examined.

Whole Person Treatment is comprehensive. It is a substance abuse treatment that is highly successful because it treats not just the addiction, but it treats the behaviors that accompany, enable and cause addiction. The goal is a full recovery from addiction so they can lead a normal life.

The Concerted Care Group utilizes the “Whole Person, Whole Life” philosophy of substance abuse treatment. We integrate medical, psychological, vocational, economic, and social expertise to literally “wrap around” the patient and the patient’s lifestyle. It doesn’t matter if you have an opioid addiction, heroin addiction, prescription drug addiction, methadone addiction, painkiller addiction or some other substance abuse addiction. We treat them all and do it under one roof.

Contact our outpatient clinic in Baltimore, Maryland at (410) 617-0142 or email at We accept patients same-day.