• Our History

    A missing link in substance use treatment

    In the early 1980s, Anne Arundel County residents realized a growing problem: there was no local substance use treatment center for teens. Teens and young adults were forced to travel outside the county to get help, costing families more time and money. These added costs prevented some from ever getting treatment, and led others to drop out early.

    Bringing help to Anne Arundel County

    Based on community survey results, the County Executive's Drug Advisory Council published a paper stating the need for a local substance use treatment center. Shortly after, the "Choices Chemical Dependency Project" began. Under this project, the county, the State of Maryland and Anne Arundel Medical Center filed a Certificate of Need for a treatment center. The committee approved the Certificate of Need in July 1990, and building planning began that September. Construction started in August 1991, and we began accepting patients in November 1992.

    Why Pathways?

    We chose the name Pathways to represent the unique journey of treatment. No journey to recovery is the same. Each person’s recovery steps can evolve and mirror the internal journey to peace and healthy living.

    To bring this concept to life, we built Pathways in a natural setting complete with an adventure therapy ropes course. This setting, combined with our accredited treatment programs, gives a holistic, one-of-a-kind experience for each person’s journey to recovery, personal reflection and growth.