“When I came to MARC, I was struggling with my addiction, had recently made a suicide attempt, and was grieving the loss of a close friend who had passed away. Today I've been clean since September of 2015, no longer struggle with suicidal thoughts, and have made an incredible amount of progress with my grief, thanks to the wonderful staff and patients at MARC. Because of MARC, I realized the severity of my situation and found the motivation to get and stay clean. While the process was not always easy, I am incredibly grateful to MARC every single day for helping me get out of the dark place I was in and getting me to the happy, healthy place I'm in today.”
“Dear Tracy, Sam, Mike, and all others who worked with our son,
I wanted to thank all of you for all you have done for our son. His transformation has been nothing short of miraculous, and I know all the staff at MARC played a crucial role in this. Your care—to him, and to us as a family—was so impressive; it is clear that all of you are entirely dedicated to the cause of treating addiction.
Since our son was asked to leave MARC he has done really well. I am not naive about the risks in the future and the lifetime burden addiction/mental illness brings, and I fear and know he will have serious obstacles ahead. But one thing is for sure: you helped him develop crucial skills to handle the issues he faces.
Ironically, his sudden release from MARC, including the dangers it brought for his recovery, made him want to prove himself more than I have ever seen in him. To date, he is respectful to us, does not badger for things, enjoys being around us (and vice versa), and he enjoys his new job. We have frequent contact, and conflict is almost entirely absent. He seems to have matured 3 years in 3 months. On his own, he located a new IOP after exploring several different clinics (his current one is not as good as MARC, he agrees, but still good), and he continues to go to AA meetings. The network he built through AA has been extremely important he tells us.
You laid the foundation for all of this. In a sense it is a bit regretful our son left MARC the way he did, but it is precisely because you held firm on everything that he does well now I think.
I honestly cannot thank you enough for your dedication and quality of care. After having had him in 5(!) different treatment facilities over the past year, I can only conclude you are lightyears beyond the rest in quality and approach.”
“I thought my life was over with my progressive self destructive behaviors so out of control. My drinking, depression and immorality had reached new lows. This was after having relapsed and being in and out of 12 step programs for years. My marriage of just 6 months certainly seemed over. My business was on the brink of complete failure. My self esteem was never more down.
I came into MARC outpatient program with no expectations but plenty of preconceived notions. Gradually and incrementally the magic of the program, the staff and tools gained took hold of my life. Suddenly at about 4 weeks into intensive outpatient my addictions were no longer as intense. I gained a connection with my peers and the staff and the miracle took hold. I followed the staffs suggestions much against what I considered 'right' and life completely changed for me. My marriage was saved and I have been sober more than a year. My business is thriving and generally my entire life is nothing like it was a little over a year ago. If a person really wants to get well, is willing to follow suggestions and be completely honest, the staff and MARC process will work miracles. I cannot begin to express the level of gratitude and deep appreciation I have for the caring staff and amazing process they follow with both residential and outpatient treatment."
“Last week our son marked his one-year anniversary of being clean and sober. I am filled with gratitude that my son is not only alive and healthy, but that he is happy and thriving. And that I too have found sanity and serenity. One year ago, two, three, four years ago, I could not have imagined this outcome.
Thank you for what you have created at Maryland Addiction Recovery Center. In addition to having a highly skilled and compassionate staff, MARC is an organization with integrity.
There are several things that I believe have been critical to his success in your program:
- The necessity of long-term treatment: he did not just get sober, he learned how to create a life and to start living it; he learned that he could be both sober and happy. It took a full year for these things to happen.
- The importance of support and continuity during transitions: from residential to halfway house, from FT IOP to step-down, getting a job, completing the recovery program. MARC and his primary therapist were constants throughout this process and that was a key to his success. We were never left on our own.
- Developing a multi-pronged support network: the involvement and growth of our family; the involvement and reliance on AA, a sponsor and program friends.
Keep doing what you’re doing! You are changing lives. Saving lives. Let me know if I can ever be of support to the organization in terms of testimonial or reference.”
“Thank you for such a wonderful sendoff. I had forgotten what I was like 8 months (less 3 days.) It was gratifying to hear that people had "felt my pain". I was so centered on self that I thought I was a pitiful wretch that no one was listening to or even cared about. I am truly humbled that my misery had been of help to others. I had no idea until today. Now that I have found a new way of living - correction "LIVING FOR THE FIRST TIME - I just want share the my new found freedom and peace. The Alumni Program will afford me the opportunity to pay back my debt to MARC for helping me heal. Earlier in the week I had another moving experience. While another current patient and I were prepping dinner, I told him my whole story, the story I told countless times in the recent pass that it had become almost a rote exercise. As I was telling it, I had to stop several times to gain my composure - on the verge of tears. Praying on it later, I realized that it was the first time I told my story without anger, resentment, self-pity and regret. It was like I was grieving for myself. I can now let the past lie where it should - in the past . Just had to share. Gratitude fills my heart today. I will be ever thankful for the rooms of AA & Maryland Addiction Recovery Center programs, the fellowship of AA, the group and my faith community and especially my sponsor, therapists & doctors. All of whom have given me the tools I need for living. May God give me a long life”
“I was a dedicated booze hound for 21 years until I broke my neck and 6 ribs in a car accident. I suffered a collapsed lung, heavy internal injuries, and possible paralysis. After my recovery, I was forced into therapy and after atrocious experiences with a therapist and her recommendations, I luckily somehow landed at MARC. My position was fairly unique: I had been sober for a bit, so the booze problem, at least, had temporarily remitted. But my life problems remained. As you can imagine, 21 years of excessive boozing scars you and you can also imagine how my wife felt seeing me broken and intubated in while the trauma ward at Sinai Hospital. In short, there was plenty of work to do and MARC helped me get to work. First, I initially met Sam and he was kind and worked directly with me to sort out my tedious financial insurance snags. Then, I did the "intro interview" with Dawn and it was a great first impression. She made a potentially miserable personal survey enjoyable and positive. I landed in the IOP night groups, led by Laura 4 times per week. I did this for about 5 months or so, and it proved insanely valuable. You meet great people, with similar issues, sometimes with other substances or behaviors, and you become personally invested in their stories and continued success. No stigma or judgment, it grew into a team that helped each individual sort out their specific problems of the day and the generally rocky journey to more long term sobriety. Laura was just great, a funny balance of toughness and compassion. And the yoga helped, too, especially for those who might not have tried anything like that before. I had weekly individual counseling at MARC as well, and this part was probably the most important for my specific goals. Cheryl quickly identified that my most pressing need was patching up my relationship with my wife, who was rightly pissed that I had nearly killed her husband. I met individually with Cheryl, which helped, but the big miracle came when we worked to repair the marriage in family sessions. After IOP, Rachel was great in leading the after care group and in my later individual "graduate" sessions as well. As you probably figured, I can't recommend MARC strongly enough. I speak from the position of a severe ex-boozer. And my wife also gives a wholehearted recommendation from her position as a loving family member. So, if you or someone close has issues with substance use, I urge you to give MARC a call.”
“The staff at Maryland Addiction Recovery Center offered our family a safe and secure environment during the time that our son was a client there. Dealing with these issues was very trying and was a difficult time for us as parents. The staff at MARC was understanding, compassionate, and never made us feel judged. They took the time to talk with us and even included regular treatment sessions for my husband and me. They made the process comforting and at a time when we felt lost as parents they were able to bring some clarity and focus. They gave us great tools that we can now use to help support our son in his recovery”
Having worked in the addiction field for over twenty years, I have worked and collaborated with very few treatment centers as compassionate, thorough, and clinically insightful as MARC. While I was the staff psychologist at the internationally, eminent addiction treatment program Father Martin’s Ashley, I became familiar with many treatment centers across the United States. It is clear that there is significant variability in client care and individualized treatment is lacking. Having gotten to know and collaborate with the staff at MARC on some very complex cases, it is clear that they also understand and practice quality, individualized client care and treatment planning. This is so important as we now realize the prevalence of co-occurring disorders and the development of a quality continuum of care for successful addiction recovery. Kudos to Sam Bierman and the staff at MARC for developing and implementing a much needed high quality resource for individuals and families, who are hurting and in need of addiction treatment that recognizes a “one size fits all” treatment is not effective for every individual and family.
Smart, passionate, intuitive, insightful, and incredibly committed to the recovery process are just a few of the phrases I'd use to describe Sam Bierman. As the Senior Clinical Advisor to one of the nation's leading residential treatment facilities, a clinician in private practice in Manhattan and advisor to the Dr. Oz Show on issues relating to addictions, relationships, and family dynamics, I've had the opportunity to observe many professionals in the field. Mr. Bierman stands head and shoulders above any of the professionals who I've encountered. The Maryland Addiction Recovery Center, the individuals, and families whose lives he will impact are incredibly fortunate to have him at the helm of their challenging and profoundly rewarding journey.
Having facilitated interventions for individuals and their families stricken with the diseases of substance abuse disorders and behavioral addictions for over thirty years, I have had the opportunity to see countless service providers come and go; some that provide compassionate and competent care with remarkable outcomes and some with less than remarkable outcomes. In 2010, a study was released stating that the greater Washington-Baltimore region had the biggest gap between the need for chemical dependency treatment services and providers available of any metropolitan area in the nation.
It was shortly after that study was released that I had breakfast with my friend and colleague Sam Bierman, whom I had worked with for many years, and where I first met Zach Snitzer. During that meal Sam and Zach shared their dream to meet the needs of the Baltimore region by opening an intensive outpatient program to treat the persons and their families that were struggling with alcoholism and/or addiction. As I left that meeting I thought, if they can harness their zeal to help, combine that with their knowledge of treatment and the integrity that they have, then there was a good possibility that they would be able to make a substantive contribution through actualizing their dream.
Roughly three years later, Sam and Zach opened Maryland Addiction Recovery Center. They have established themselves and their organization as the preeminent provider of intensive outpatient services in the region. This is as the result of them adhering to a strict value proposition of all decisions being driven by “What’s in our client’s best interest” grounded in integrity of compassionate care first, hiring gifted, educated and talented staff, providing countless community based advocacy seminars, being personally involved with each of their clients, partnering with other providers in the treatment community and their recognition that strong partnerships will allow us to collectively positively impact more individuals and their families.
It is a refreshing pleasure to be aligned with Sam, Zach, and Maryland Addiction Recovery Center.
Dear Mr. Bierman: My heartfelt thank you for the guidance, direction and encouragement you extended to my son as he struggled through his drug rehab program. Your support gave him the confidence to believe that his recovery was possible during his inpatient rehab stay and after he went back to the real world on the outside. My son remains healthy, happy and drug free in large part because of your emotional and physical involvement all through his inpatient and outpatient recovery. My son feels that he can contact you at any time if he needs emotional support. Thank You for giving my son back to me and to himself.
I believe in the vision and mission of Maryland Addiction Recovery Center. The company principals have worked at some of the country's most respected treatment facilities and their experience, passion, and desire to help others is undeniable. The adolescent 'Recovery After 3' program is a much needed service for local families who until now have had very little options for their children in need. I also have known Stacey Sugar for many years and her pedigree and enthusiasm is undeniable. The entire clinical team is excellent, always looking for the next innovation to bring to their treatment philosophies which is what you need in a clinically driven program to ultimately ensure the best outcome for the client. The staff at Maryland Addiction Recovery Center is unquestioned in their commitment to put the client's best interest first.
Maryland Addiction Recovery Center's comprehensive program not only addresses the medical and therapeutic aspects of early recovery, they truly understand the need for ongoing social and vocational support critical to the recovery process, and tailor it to each individual under their care. Too many times, institutions take only the time necessary to stabilize the patient, pass them on to a short term in or out patient program, then it's back out on the street with no long term plan, and little hope of long term recovery. Only with ongoing support from professionals who really understand what YOU need, can you hope to permanently break the bonds of addiction, one day at a time. If you or a loved one are suffering from the terrible disease of addiction, give Maryland Addiction Recovery Center a call. Their staff of professionals are committed to helping you build the foundation you need to live the life you truly deserve.
We are beginning to understand that addiction recovery is a process and we have learned a lot along the way. The first program our loved one completed included the use of Suboxone. We were apprehensive, especially since our loved one has a dual diagnosis, but this was one of the main treatment modalities used there. We were reassured that it was the treatment of choice for opiate abuse and not addictive. In our experience Suboxone was not “as advertised.” There were side effects and it was, in our loved ones words, “a nightmare to get off of”.
Unfortunately, after four years without substance abuse and two years post Suboxone, our loved one relapsed this year. Knowing what we now know, we were relieved to find that the approach at Maryland Addiction Recovery Center is one of abstinence rather than the use of prescribed medication. This approach takes considerable time and commitment. The staff at Maryland Addiction Recovery Center is absolutely behind both the patient and family and in our experience goes the extra mile to provide responsible/personalized treatment that included collaboration with our physician.
We recently found ourselves in a very challenging situation. We are indebted to Karen and Sam for the significant energy they put in to our loved one's care. Their priorities clearly are about what is best for the patient, not what’s best for the business. Their commitment was exemplary. Without hesitation we would recommend this program to others.
It has been amazing to see the growth and success of Maryland Addiction Recovery Center in such a short period of time. I personally attribute this to the make-up of their founding team members and the passion and talent of their entire staff. Not only are they knowledgeable, but they deeply care and truly understand the needs of clients, family members, and the community. You must be passionate to be successful in the addiction treatment business and I believe this is MARC's greatest strength!
The staff of Maryland Addiction Recovery Center is incredibly effective and have a tremendous impact on the individuals and families who suffer from the disease of addiction. Sam Bierman and Zach Snitzer possess a compassionate and concise understanding of the disease and go beyond their work to change people’s lives. They are both true pioneers in our field.
As mental health professionals serving the Northwest Baltimore area, Jewish Community Services can attest to the growing issues of substance abuse that are plaguing our community. Programs to address those issues are sorely needed. Maryland Addiction Recovery Center is helping through offering comprehensive, abstinence-based, community-driven treatment.
The disease of addiction quickly controlled our daughter's life and took our family to a very tumultuous, dark and scary place. Unfortunately, the lack of cohesive and comprehensive treatment information was overwhelming to my husband and I during this complicated and chaotic time. Sam Bierman immediately provided us with much needed direction. He explained the disease and provided treatment options with both compassion and patience. The support of Sam and the fabulous staff at MARC provided the framework of individual care my daughter required to deal with her disease. The staff was always unbelievably supportive and responsive to our needs throughout her time in treatment. The added family care that MARC provided during our daughter's treatment was invaluable as we began our own healing process. We will be forever grateful to Sam and the staff at MARC.