Columbia Addictions Center, Columbia, Maryland

Last Updated: May 9, 2022

Ahmed Zayed, MD Authored by Dr. Ahmed Zayed
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Columbia Addictions Center Overview

Columbia Addictions Center, situated in the beautiful suburb of Baltimore in the city of Columbia, Maryland is an outpatient facility that provides treatment to clients seeking treatment from substance abuse addiction and co-occurring disorders, using traditional psychotherapy and a wellness-based approach. Upon admission and intake, an assessment is conducted to determine the kind of care the client requires. If after assessment the client requires detox, the counselor will refer such clients to an outside outpatient detox facility or staff psychiatrist for detox to be conducted. Medicated-Assisted treatment is also provided including integrating Suboxone and Vivitrol. It costs $275 for the initial psychiatric intake and then $125 for follow-up sessions.

As all treatment are individualized and based on the client’s unique needs, treatment for each client is different. General treatment includes weekly group and individual therapy offered at different frequencies to clients. Traditional psychotherapy is implemented when group therapy is conducted, where clients are given a supportive and comfortable environment to share issues and experiences. Other topics discussed and addressed during this sessions include relationship concerns, stress management, anger management, and many more. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is implemented during sessions to tackle anger management issues. Topics addressed during individual counseling include ADD/ADHD, co-dependency issues, depression, relationship concerns, behavioral problems, bipolar disorder, and many more.

Other services offered include three treatment options for criminal justice clients and DUI clients which include a 26-week substance abuse program, a two-day course, or a substance abuse education series that lasts for six weeks. Depending on the gravity of the offense, any of the three will be chosen. The Operation Breakthrough (two-day course) costs $350 for an intensive weekend educational program. The substance abuse series for six weeks takes place for two hours daily, once a week. Both the addiction series and operation breakthrough consists of discussions and lectures while introducing clients to a general overview of the 12-steps. The last option which is the 26-week program, takes place for an hour and 15 minutes, once a week, and it focuses on healing clients using self-reflective exercises and traditional talk therapy.

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Treatment & Therapy

The facility offers different programs to individuals seeking treatment and based on their unique needs. Some of these are:

  • Treatment Options
  • Outpatient treatment

Outpatient Treatment

The outpatient treatment program offers treatment to clients suffering from substance abuse and co-occurring disorders and seeking flexibility in the treatment schedule. Treatment approaches commonly used is individual and group therapy, relapse prevention meetings, and many more.
The following are conditions treated at the facility:

  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Mental health disorders
  • Co-occurring disorder

Therapy Options

The facility offers various options of therapy which include:

  • Group therapy
  • Individual therapy
  • Relapse prevention
  • Case management
  • Addiction education
  • Drug and alcohol screening


Columbia Addiction costs approximately $45 – $125 per each session offered at the facility. The facility at this moment does not accept any medical insurance as the facility is considered to be an out-of-network provider. Clients can contact the facility to get a receipt if their chosen insurance provider will reimburse the fee. Other information can be gotten as well, clients only have to contact the facility for more information.

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Columbia Addictions Center Advantages

The treatment center believes in wholesome treatment and as such offers holistic therapies including auricular therapy. This type of therapy entails a five-needle protocol and is a form of acupuncture. Other holistic therapies offered include nutrition and pain management. Individuals suffering from pornography addiction, gambling addiction, and food addiction can find adequate support here. The facility understands that family involvement is of utmost importance and as such offers family and adolescent programs separately. Intervention services are provided as well.
In totality, the facility provides adequate treatment to individuals seeking outpatient treatment services and clients seeking residential or intensive outpatient treatment programs may not find support here. Although, clients seeking a flexible schedule with support for dual diagnosis and addiction at an affordable rate will find Columbia Addiction to be a good choice.


Eileen Diwey

Eileen holds a Bachelor’s degree from Shepherd College majoring in Social Work and a Master’s degree from the University of Maryland in Social Work as well. She is licensed to practice clinical social work and is passionate and committed to providing treatment to individuals battling drug and alcohol addiction issues.

Mandy Smith
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counselor

Mandy holds a Bachelor’s degree majoring in Philosophy and is licensed to practice Professional Counseling. With a Master’s degree in Psychology and Counseling, she is dedicated to helping clients suffering from depression, trauma, anxiety, and more. She is licensed and certified to be an Addictions and Drug Supervisor.

Cindy Garvin
Director of Operations

Cindy has over 20 years of experience working in administration as she used to work in large government projects before joining the company. She is responsible for managing administrative affairs and also case management for clients. She is very passionate about helping clients find support in a welcoming environment.

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Published on: December 25th, 2018

Updated on: May 9th, 2022

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