Find Help for Alcohol Addiction at Walden

Alcohol addiction, or alcohol dependency disorder, is exhibited by drinking to excess or drinking consistently to the point where the drinking causes distress and harm. Our Maryland alcohol rehab center is a place to release yourself from the grip of alcohol while finding tools to cope with the traumas of your past and the stress of today. At Walden, we understand that addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders are a brain-based wellness concern and we believe that life should not be lived at the mercy of alcohol.

Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a clinical diagnosis and is characterized by 11 criteria, according to the American Addiction Centers Resource website:

  • Drinking more than intended, or continuing to drink past the expected time
  • Trying to cut back or stop drinking, but being unsuccessful
  • Feeling sick from a hangover, being drunk or wanting to get drunk is a daily cycle
  • Having cravings for alcohol
  • Experiencing interference in daily life and relationships due to drinking or being sick from alcohol
  • Continuing to drink despite it hurting your relationships
  • Changing, cutting back or giving up hobbies to drink more
  • Putting yourself at risk of harm because of alcohol
  • Increased tolerance, requiring the need for more alcohol to feel the same effects
  • Drinking alcohol despite it worsening a health condition, especially anxiety or depression
  • Experiencing withdrawals as the effects of alcohol wear off

Although AUD is not clinically the same as alcoholism, AUD exhibits much of the same symptoms, and those with AUD often also struggle with alcoholism. If you or someone you know exhibits these symptoms, it is time to discuss treatment and seek help.


Our team of alcohol rehabilitation specialists uses a trauma-informed approach to all of our healing and recovery programs. We believe in comprehensive care that is personalized to your unique needs. We offer:


If you are struggling with alcohol dependency, know that you are not alone. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, roughly 14.4 million adults ages 18 and older and 401,000 adolescents age 12 to 17 struggle with AUD each year. Alcohol is the third leading cause of preventable fatalities in the United States, accounting for roughly 88,000 deaths per year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that roughly one out of every four adults have had one heavy-drinking day in the past 12 months, which is defined as 4 or more drinks for women and 5 or more drinks for men. Less than 10% of people with AUD receive treatment per year.


If you have a loved one who is struggling with alcohol addiction, you are likely struggling too. Alcoholism is an overwhelming disease that affects the entire family. While it can be difficult to admit there is a problem, it is not one that can be ignored. You cannot force your loved one to stop drinking, but you can offer them the support and help they need.

If your son, daughter, parent or other loved one is in need of help for alcoholism in Maryland, there are several things you can do:

  • Learn about alcohol use disorder to get a better understanding of what they are going through. Empathize with their struggles.
  • Let them know you concerned about their health and well-being and are there for them.
  • Practice what you are going to say to them ahead of time. Write down your feelings and make sure to come from a place of compassion and understanding.
  • Understand that your offer of help may not be received well. Your loved one may not realize they have a problem, or they may be in denial of the severity of their dependency. Be prepared for this possibility.
  • Offer your unconditional, non-judgmental support and urge them to seek treatment. If they promise to cut back on drinking without professional help, ask for a concrete commitment and follow up regularly on their progress.
  • If your loved one refuses to acknowledge an obvious drinking problem, consider organizing an intervention with the help of an experienced professional.


We understand that taking the first step to getting help requires courage and can be financially stressful, as well. Our treatment center accepts Maryland Medicaid plans and state funding so that you can get the care that you need no matter what. Don’t let finances be the reason you miss out on the opportunity for a fresh start. Contact our Maryland team of alcohol dependence professionals to discuss your options and how we can work with you to get the treatment that can change your life. You are worth it.

With locations across Maryland, we are able to help individuals that are seeking help. We are located in Charlotte HallCaliforniaLexington ParkHarford County, and Waldorf.

Contact our team 24/7 to learn more at (301) 997-1300.

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