One of the things that sets Maryland Addiction Recovery Center apart from how other organizations approach the treatment of chemical dependency and substance abuse is the focus we take towards real life barriers to recovery. A successful treatment center combating alcoholism and drug addiction is made up of three core treatment components: medical, psychotherapeutic and social services. Our vocational/life skills training and counseling is the social services portion of treatment, offering patients a one-on-one, customized approach to real life issues that may seem like a barrier to recovery. This is not simply a “jobs training” or “basic learning skills” overview. We believe that every aspect of a clients social surrounding should be examined to see if there are any barriers to their entering into a journey of recovery. If so, we offer help to break through those barriers. This may include legal or medical issues, living situations and housing, job issues or unemployment, education or schooling, basic job skills, and/or family complications and family dynamics. Many treatment centers tell a client that they need to “put recovery first” but spend little time actually helping clients with life skill issues that may often be used as a reason or excuse that they are unable to stay clean and sober. Eliminating those excuses with practical solutions is our goal. We understand that issues such as divorce, child separation, job loss or inability to work, bills, money issues and credit collections, additional health issues, and the need for education are real life problems that can often exacerbate substance abuse and chemical dependency issues. We feel it is important to take time with a client to find out just what practical, real life issues they are facing everyday, and once identified, to offer an avenue that helps to alleviate or lessen those issues, so that the client actually is then able to “put recovery first”.