Frequently asked questions

Most common questions
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FAQ for Patients and Families

How long will I stay at Hudson?
Your treatment plan will be yours alone – there are no “packages” here – so treatment lengths vary. It will be based on your specific needs and the severity of your addiction. Our counselors and utilization review staff have years of experience working with Managed Care Clinicians and will advocate for you to ensure you are able to meet your treatment goals while at Hudson. 

Will I lose time from work?
Patients remain on campus throughout treatment. You are encouraged to plan time off from work or school, and to handle all obligations prior to admission. It is important for patients to remain focused on recovery, and part of that is to identify stressors in your daily life that may trigger you to use alcohol and/or drugs, and learn to find balance by utilizing the tools of recovery you learn from Hudson.
Can I call my family? Can they come visit? What about my kids?

After admission you will not receive regular phone privileges for three days. However, you are allowed to make a call to your family during your first meeting with your counselor the day after admission. Once the three-day period has passed, you will be permitted to make phone calls every other day.

We recognize the importance of family involvement in treatment, which is why we encourage you to schedule a family session with your certified counselor immediately after admission.
Because Hudson wants every patient to focus on his or her treatment, families are not allowed for social visits.

Will I receive treatment for my depression, anxiety, ADHD or similar issues?

Yes, we provide support for co-occurring disorders. In some cases we identify that drugs or alcohol are not the primary problem but a symptom of an underlying and sometimes undiagnosed mental health disorder. That is the “Behavioral” part of our name. Our multi-disciplinary team, which includes counselors, Medical Doctor, Psychologist, and Psychiatrist will assess a patient’s need for mental health intervention and respond accordingly.

Can I smoke on campus?

Yes. You must bring your own cigarettes. If you roll your own, then tobacco and rolling papers much be brought in unopened bags or containers.

I want to quit smoking – is this a good time or bad time to try?

While for some people the pressure is too much to try and quit while getting clean, others find doing it all in the same program helps. We offer smoking cessation options if you are ready to quit.

What happens if I choose to leave treatment before my scheduled discharge date?

Patients who choose to leave treatment early will have an individual session with their counselor to discuss alternative treatment options that may be more appropriate.

I cannot find transportation – can I drive myself to campus?

Please contact our admissions department (410-219-9000) to arrange for transportation. To ensure everyone’s safety, we cannot allow patients to drive themselves to treatment. We will do everything we can to get you here as soon as possible.

When can my family drop off items for me?

Families are not permitted to drop off belongings for patients. Any items forgotten or not brought in with the patient at the time of admission should be mailed to the address listed below. Due to a limited amount of space no clothing will be accepted unless the patient’s counselor has approved the drop-off. Exceptions will be made for winter weather wear.

Please do not send any linen or pillows, food or candy. Additionally, patients do not need large sums of money while in treatment. We recommend that patients keep no more than $25 for incidentals at any time. Hudson Behavioral Health reserves the right to inspect all packages mailed to patients.

Please mail all packages to
(Patients First Name / Last Initial)
C/O Hudson Health Services 1
1505 Emerson Avenue Salisbury, MD 21801

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What can I expect in the first few days at Hudson? It is understandable that you might be anxious about admission and the first few days. Here is what you can expect on your day of admission and in the first 48 hours on campus:

Completion of registration paperwork

Assessment performed by certified counselor

Completion of admission paperwork

Submit to a urine drug screen

Medical assessment conducted by nursing staff and our Medical Director

Education provided on Vivitrol

Narcan training

Search of patient and patient’s belongings

Get settled and unpacked

Introduction to daily structured group programming

Labs will be ordered as needed

Meet with primary counselor to develop the initial treatment plan

Meet with aftercare coordinator to discuss discharge planning process

Withdrawal management protocols will be initiated as needed

aftercare support

You want to succeed after treatment – we know it is your goal – so it is imperative to your recovery that you do at least three things:

  • Continue with recommended treatment
  • Find and participate in a fellowship of your choosing
  • Identify and commit to a path towards recovery that will continually enhance your quality of life over time

Patients discharging from Hudson receive an individualized Discharge Plan. This includes a referral to the next appropriate level of care recommended by your counselor, mental health treatment coordination, housing options, as well as other sober resources that are available in the community.

Key components in the Discharge Plan include, but are not limited to:

  • Identifying 12-Step meetings in the community
  • Identifying a sponsor
  • Referrals to outpatient treatment
  • Building and maintaining relationships in recovery
  • Identifying stress and its impact as a relapse trigger
  • Finding a balance in mind, body, and spirit in recovery
  • Rediscovering boundaries in recovery
  • Addressing co-occurring issues such as medication management and/or marriage counseling, physical and medical needs

Counselors at Hudson work collaboratively with clinical and medical staff to begin aftercare planning soon after the patient arrives. Our long-standing relationship with Outpatient Programs locally and in our surrounding areas, specialized housing programs, and other treatment providers in the Mental Health and Substance-Use Disorder fields, allows us to help patients continue the effective work they started at Hudson Behavioral Health.

About us

Hudson Behavioral Health was formed in 1980 (as Hudson Health Services, Inc.) to bring the first residential recovery program to the Eastern Shore. Today, thousands of patients later, we remain the leader in recovery programs ad resources, with our staff of 200 committed to serving each patient as an individual.