Our Center

The first recovery center designed specifically for IAFF members

Who We Are

Created through an innovative partnership with Advanced Recovery Systems, a nationwide leader in rehabilitation and behavioral health, the IAFF Center of Excellence is a flagship recovery center exclusively for IAFF members. Here, fire fighters and paramedics who struggle with substance use disorders and co-occurring behavioral health issues, such as PTSD, depression or anxiety, can heal in a safe space among their brothers and sisters.
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Set in Serenity

Located just outside Washington, DC, in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, our 15-acre facility includes a pool, basketball court, gym and comfortable residential accommodations and 64 beds.

Designed for Fire Fighters

We want you to feel at home at the IAFF Center for Excellence. That’s why we designed it with the firehouse in mind, to make treatment as comfortable as possible. You’ll find familiar touches throughout the common areas and residences.

State-of-the-Art Amenities

Our fully equipped gym, pool and outdoor volleyball, basketball and reflection areas encourage physical activity and mental clarity to heal the body, mind and spirit.

Our Staff

At the IAFF Center of Excellence, you’ll form relationships with doctors, nurses and other clinicians who will help you on your way to recovery. During your treatment, it is our goal to deliver the highest-quality care possible. That’s why we’ve chosen senior staff with extensive experience and a commitment to care.

Tim Craig, Operations Director

Tim is an administrator and consultant with 30+ years of experience in healthcare and human services. He has an extensive and varied background in behavioral health, with a focus on the provision of services to individuals with substance use disorders. He has served as the director of several treatment programs, and as an administrator within multiple health systems. Tim received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, and a Masters in Social Work and a Certificate in Social Administration from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Dr. Abby Morris, Medical Director

A graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine, Dr. Morris is responsible for all inpatient care, training and future planning and for developing a continuum of care that will follow each client throughout their stay at the center. Previous to her appointment to the IAFF Center of Excellence, Dr. Morris was the Medical Director of a 24-bed inpatient facility that treated addiction and behavioral health disorders.

Dr. O’Tilia Hunter, Clinical Director

Dr. O’Tilia Hunter, PhD, NCC, LCPC-S, LCADC-S, is a licensed clinician in the State of Maryland and Washington, DC. Dr. Hunter has worked in the human service field for 30 years, and is the founder of Spiritual Inclusion Theory, which takes a look at the benefits of spirituality as a coping mechanism for individuals. Her specialties include substance abuse and co-occurring disorders, palliative care, grief counseling, behavioral and mental health issues, as well as relationship and marriage counseling. She has recently authored and published, “Managing Your Expectations & Taking Control of Your Life”.

What to Expect During Treatment

Treatment at the IAFF Center of Excellence is evidence-based, which means each step on your path to recovery is backed by scientific research and accepted results within the scientific community. Our multidisciplinary approach — combining the expertise of doctors, nurses and clinicians from different disciplines — means we treat the whole person, not just the addiction or co-occurring disorder.
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When You Contact Us

You’ll undergo a screening process before and after you’re admitted. During screening, you will be asked questions about substance use, psychiatric, medical, social and legal history. We will also discuss insurance and payment for treatment.
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The First 24 Hours

You’ll meet with your primary care physician and therapist within 24 hours of arrival. At this time, you will undergo a medical exam and discuss goals for your treatment.

Life at the IAFF Center of Excellence

The goal of your stay at the IAFF Center of Excellence is to successfully complete treatment so you can get back to the job you love. Each activity, class and friendship will prepare you for a lifetime of recovery.

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Clinicians Who Care
During your treatment, it is our goal to deliver the highest-quality care possible. That’s why we’ve chosen senior staff with extensive experience and a commitment to care. Here, you’ll form relationships with doctors, nurses and other clinicians who will help you reach recovery.

Treatment That Works
Care at our facility is evidence-based, meaning each step of your treatment is backed by scientific research. Our multidisciplinary approach — combining the expertise of doctors, nurses and clinicians from different disciplines — means we treat the whole person, not just the addiction or co-occurring disorder.

Therapy That Heals
During your stay at the Center, you’ll meet with your therapist at least once a week. Together you’ll discuss your goals and intentions, as well as meet weekly for group and individual therapy. These sessions allow you to discuss your detox process and talk with others on the same journey.

Recreation for Recovery

Your schedule will revolve around your recovery needs. This may involve gym sessions, education classes — such as “Setting Yourself Up for Success” — yoga and resilience training. You’ll also have time for reading, reflection, journaling and even a pick-up game of basketball — all essential parts of your healing process.

Mentoring with Alumni

IAFF members who have received treatment at the Center are encouraged to return to the program to teach and mentor others. Our alumni program pairs you with an IAFF member who is in successful recovery as part of your greater support system.

Aftercare

Your treatment doesn’t end when you leave the IAFF Center of Excellence. As part of your continuing recovery, we’ll be there for you as you transition back into daily life outside the Center.

After your discharge, you’ll receive:

  • A relapse prevention plan
  • 12-step support
  • Peer support
  • Individual or family therapy sessions
  • Return-to-Work planning and support
  • Diagnostic check-ins
  • Transition to local behavioral and physical health care providers
Your health is our first priority. With the support of your doctors, family and IAFF peers, you can achieve lasting recovery and fight more than fires for years to come

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