Hope House - Laurel in Laurel, MD

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(4.2 of 5)
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419 Main Street
Laurel MD 20707

Hope House - Laurel Philosophy

At Hope House, individuals struggling with addiction are met with compassionate, confidential care that fits to each person’s individual needs and situation. For those in need of withdrawal assistance, Hope House offers detoxification services outside of a traditional hospital setting. For those seeking a short-term residential treatment, Hope House offers an intensive two to four week inpatient program, providing medical stabilization, psychiatric evaluation, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and medication as needed. Individuals requiring outpatient services are invited to partake in Hope House’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) as well.

Areas of Specialization

  • Family Program
    Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.

  • 12-Step
    The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.

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The Hope House in Laurel, Md., formerly Reality House, offers treatment for men and women struggling with alcohol and substance abuse. They offer both a residential program and intensive outpatient (IOP) program, as well as inpatient detoxification services and dual diagnosis treatment. An alumni program and discharge planning is available for clients leaving the program.


Clients who require medical support for the management of withdrawal symptoms upon admission have access to detoxification services. This process may last anywhere from 3 to 10 days. Services during detoxification include medical evaluation, toxicology screening, medical monitoring, chemical assistance, client education, group and individual counseling, and continuing care planning.

Hope House’s residential program begins with a comprehensive assessment of the patient's needs, medical stabilization, and a psychiatric assessment (when deemed necessary). Treatment lasts anywhere from 14 to 28 days and includes cognitive/behavioral counseling (both group and individual), introduction to 12-step self-help groups, relapse prevention counseling, and an intensive level of education about addiction and recovery. Other services include the use of medication-assisted treatment, along with medical stabilization, psychiatric evaluation, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). and auricular acupuncture.

Medical and nursing care is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In their IOP, clients take part in in evening sessions that utilize the traditional 12-step approach as well as other clinical treatment methods.

Family education and support is also provided to help family members understand and help loved ones on their road to recovery. Community involvement is also encouraged, and Hope House works with local church groups, civic associates, businesses, and individuals to provide alumni with healthy recreational activities to pursue after graduation.

There is also alumni support to help graduates transition comfortably into a life of sobriety. DUI educational courses are also offered.


Staff at Hope House are all experienced professionals, including nurses and physicians trained in treating addiction, master's level and licensed counselors, and an addictions counselor. Hope House also has volunteers who lead 12-step groups and assist with clerical duties, meal preparation, recreational opportunities, and facility maintenance.


Pictures on Hope House's website depict shared rooms, a well furnished lobby, games room, and outdoor garden. Historic Downtown Annapolis and Baltimore's Inner Harbor are short car rides away. Transportation can be arranged. Visitation hours are Saturdays 1-3 p.m.


Of eight alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date, seven had positive reactions to Hope House in Laurel, rating it four or five out of five stars in nearly every category. Cleanliness, family participation, safety and comfort, and affordability received the highest average ratings at 4.6 stars.

In comments, alumni wrote that the staff, though too few in number, was compassionate and dedicated. An anonymous alum wrote: "they always make you feel love and not alone.they come and check on you when you dont come out your room."

One alum posted a negative review and rated the facility only one star. Alum Brian wrote: "Friendly staff, good intentions, not as much on delivery. Food , Was worse than jail food."


Three loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date all had negative reactions to Hope House in Laurel. Loved ones complained about unclean accommodations, a lack of activities, and a rushed discharge policy. Loved one A.M. wrote: "My son was discharged after a week b/c of Insurance problems, which I was not made aware of. Now, because he was not ready to be out, I am fighting day and night with him over temptations and coming home to poisonous environments."


Hope House Laurel accepts most private insurances and Maryland Medical Assistance (Medicaid). Self-pay is also an option.

Published on January 2018

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I came to Hope House in Laurel in February 2017. It was my first time receiving treatment after 15 years of using. I loved it because when the staff spoke they were very personable. They went through it too. If you follow every thing they say. You will succeed dont go in there with a bad attitude they didn't do anything to you. Be open to everything they say. . I moved my environment to something better for me because they recommended it. Don't be close minded. With all of they're advice I will have a year next month. You have to want to be clean. Life is too short not to ger help. I would definitely recommend this program to anyone

I took my son to detox to this place Wednesday morning and around 10:30 pm I received the worst call a mother or father can received He passed away 😔 I’m waiting for the autopsy results As a family of a person who is addicted to drugs we want our family member to get well just be REALLY careful of the place you choose

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They needed more variety. My son said it was just non-stop meetings. No real counseling. The people were very nice but something was just missing.

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they really help i want to say thank you fr saving my life

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hope is wonderful place the people are very caring and respectful

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i really like hope house the people are nice and friendly

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it was nice the staff are kind people

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i loved it there .they really help me with my addiction problem

I am EXTREMELY ANGRY WITH YOUR HOUSE!!!My son was discharged after a week b/c of Insurance problems, which I was not made aware of. Now, because he was not ready to be out, I am fighting day and night with him over temptations and coming home to poisonous environments..

Official Facility Response

We are dealing with Insurance Companies much more effectively than before. Our bottom line is the quality of service and they are beginning to recognize this.

The facility was built in the 1920s. No updates since, to either electrical or sewage. I was requested to do 14 day rehabilitation, I stayed nine days, and after being unable to take a shower for three days I walked out, which they said was "against medical advice ", due to backed up toilets flooding the entire main level. Friendly staff, good intentions, not as much on delivery. Food , Was worse than jail food, and I have experience with both. This is an honest review from a personal experience, left with more prescriptions, went there to get off prescriptions. One out of five stars

Official Facility Response

We have put one million dollars worth of upgrade in our building including new showers in all the rooms and new windows throughout the building. Please come by and visit us. We are sorry that there was a break in service due to electrical power outage.


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