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Summer 2013

Take the First Step Toward Recovery

Date: June 3, 2013

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The faces of those affected by chemical dependency are as diverse as the drugs and alcohol that can cause addiction. Regardless of ethnicity, religion, career or social status, chemical dependency can happen to anyone.

The Outpatient Chemical Dependency Unit at Johns Hopkins Bayview has a dedicated team that understands how difficult it is for someone to take the first step toward recovery. “We believe in working closely with individuals who have addiction problems to develop a long-term recovery plan,” says Susan Burgert, M.D., medical director.

Patients attend a three-, four- or five-day morning program that is minimally disruptive to routines and allows them to attend work and remain active family members. Patients also are offered the most effective medications to minimize the discomfort of withdrawal symptoms.

In addition to medical detoxification, patients learn ways to prevent relapse, how to set goals and cope with temptation. “Recovery is a lifelong journey,” says Dr. Burgert. “Our staff provides patients with the tools they need to be successful, and serves as a support system when things aren’t so easy.”

For more information or to make an appointment with the Outpatient Chemical Dependence Unit, call 410-550-1258.