Substance Use

What can you do to help?

  • Do NOT jeopardize your own safety - Some drugs can cause violent and unpredictable behavior. Call for professional assistance.
  • Do NOT try to reason with someone who is on drugs - Do not expect them to behave reasonably.
  • Do NOT offer your opinions when giving help - You do not need to know why drugs were taken in order to give effective first aid.
Call 211
  • 2-1-1 Maryland connects you to health and human service resources in your community and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in over 180 languages. You can also reach them at 866-411-6803. For more information, visit

Call 911

  • Always call 9-1-1 if the person is in immediate danger, threatening to hurt themselves or someone else, or is unresponsive.

Help Them Find a Provider

  • Call the Frederick County Health Department’s Referral and Assessment Unit at 301-600-1775 to link individuals to the appropriate level of care.
  • Someone dealing with substance use will need a therapist, counselor, or psychiatrist with a mental health and/or substance use focus.
  • Check with the Mental Health Association of Frederick by calling 301-662-2255, or visit
  • Call their insurance company and ask for providers in the area that take their insurance.
  • If they prefer, help them find a fitting religious group or leader to help guide them.

Substance Disorder Treatments

  • Outpatient professionals
  • Inpatient setting – acute medical detox, rehab
  • Peer supports
  • Religious/Spiritual support

Detox or Rehab, which is which?


  • Get the poison out of the body
  • Stabilize from withdrawal
  • Acute medical scenario requiring supervision or monitoring by medical staff.


  • Learn to live without the substances.
  • Life skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Hygiene and self-care
  • 14-45 day residential program at a rehabilitation facility