by, Daniel Freeman
Cecil County patients will no longer have to travel to neighboring counties for addiction treatment.
Ashley Addiction Treatment has partnered with Union Hospital to open another outpatient location in Maryland. The program opened on December 12, 2016.
"We wanted to extend Ashley addiction services out to the community to fill the need here in Cecil County," said Ashley's Clinical Outreach Representative Marc Butler.
Since the program opened in December, it has done well. "(We are) actively treating, and I am thrilled with the outcome. We're excited to be here and ready to help the community the best we can," said Bulter.
Ashley is the only intensive outpatient program that offers detoxification in Cecil County.
"Ashley will provide compassionate, personalized and professional treatment for adults 18 and over suffering from disorders of alcohol and drug use. We offer an environment that understands and nurtures the individual. We also work closely with other professionals involved in the client's care to achieve a higher level of mental, physical and emotional well-being," said Butler.
Some of the programs that are offered at Union will be intensive outpatient services, such as Ambulatory Detoxification, Individual Therapy, Medication Assisted and Opiate Replacemnt Therapies, as well as other options.
"Ashley Addiction Treatment is a non-profit and is dedicated to helping those suffering from the disease addiction. Our sole mission is to heal and we treat everyone with dignity and respect," said Butler.
Anyone can become involved in the programs by reaching out to the missions department or to Bulter. For those who do not have insurance, you can sill attend the program. "We offer a scholarship program, (but) we are working on getting medical assistant programs." said Butler.
Ashley was founded in 1983 by Father Joseph C. Martin, and his friend and business partner, Mae Abraham, whose maiden name was Ashley. Abraham wanted to build a treatment facility. She met Father Martin at one of his presentations at Johns Hopkins University in 1964. Both had coped with alchoholism, they were inspired to help other addicts get well.
Butler also stated that he is hoping that the Elkton location at Union will have the same impact as the Bel Air location had when it opened in 2015.