To our clients we say, “You don’t have to do it alone”. To our community we say,“We can’t do it alone”.

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Friends & Family

For Friends and Family of Addicts and Alcoholics:

Assisting your son, daughter, or other loved one (regardless of their age) to stop abusing drugs or alcohol can be a challenging and often frustrating entry into a world where treatment acronyms and other jargon may resemble alphabet soup.  Additionally, in recent years, you may hear both substance abuse and mental health services increasingly referred to as behavioral healthcare or behavioral health services.  To assist you in finding help, Gale Recovery, Inc. has attempted to put useful information on this website, ranging from basic information about drugs and alcohol to very specific information about how to access treatment services at Gale Recovery’s Gale House for Women, Olson House for Men or at other Maryland treatment programs.

For immediate assistance, a good starting point for finding treatment if you are a Frederick County resident is the Frederick County Health Department Substance Abuse Division brochure and their substance abuse Information and Resources page which contains many useful links.

If you are seeking services specifically for Frederick County adolescents (under 18), a good starting point is to call the intake phone number for the outpatient mental health clinic (301) 600-1755 and ask for assistance for adolescent substance abuse treatment.  The health department also runs an afterschool adolescent clubhouse program for youth ages 12 to 17.

The main number at the Frederick County Health Department to access substance abuse treatment services for adults (age 18 and over) is 301-600-1775.

Guide to Information on this web site:

Men and women, age 18 and older, who have accessed inpatient or outpatient treatment services may be referred to a Gale Recovery halfway house directly from their treatment provider.  For an overview of Gale Recovery, Inc. halfway house programs and services, read What to Expect.

To learn who is eligible for our program, read our Admission Criteria.

Read about how Referrals are made to our program.  Once someone has been accepted into our program, learn about our Intake Process.

Residents in our halfway houses move through program phases, from intake to eventual transition to the community. Learn about our Program Phases.

If you have additional questions, do not hesitate to Contact Us directly.

Locating Treatment Services:

To locate a treatment program elsewhere in Maryland, you can go to the Maryland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration’s (ADAA) treatment locator page.

You can also go directly to the Resource Directory, which allows you to search for treatment programs based on criteria such as ZIP code or level of care (see more about levels of care in the next paragraph). Below the drop down search boxes you will find links to further instructions in case you need help using the directory .

Substance abuse treatment programs use codes defined by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) to refer to the different levels of care provided at a program. In general, the higher the number of the level, the treatment offered becomes more intensive. For example, Outpatient Programs are coded at I; Gale Recovery, Inc.’s halfway houses are coded at III.1, while a typical Inpatient Treatment Program is coded as III.5. Here is a brief description of the most typical levels of care that may be recommended to the addict or alcoholic seeking treatment.

Additional resources:

A site containing useful information is the Mothers Against Drunk Drivers section, titled the “Power of Parents.”

The Partnership at’s mission to help parents prevent, intervene in and find treatment for drug and alcohol use by their children.

The National Institute of Drug Abuse contains many useful links including comprehensive information about drugs of abuse.