In the early 1980s, it became clear to the Anne Arundel County community that adolescent and young adult chemically dependent residents were being sent out of the County for treatment. The time, distance and expense of family involvement prohibited optimal treatment outcomes as families either dropped out early or never began treatment. The County Executive's Drug Advisory Council published a position paper—based on comprehensive community surveys—detailing the need for these services and the treatment elements that would be required. With this, the "Choices Chemical Dependency Project" began.
Under the Choices project, the County, the State of Maryland and Anne Arundel Medical Center joined together to file a Certificate of Need for a new community treatment facility. The Certificate of Need was approved in July 1990, and architectural planning began that September. Construction officially began on Aug. 17, 1991, and the program accepted its first patients in November 1992.
The Pathways name was chosen to imply a journey of individualized treatment, as no journey to recovery is the same. Individual recovery steps evolve over time and mirror the internal journey to serenity and healthy living.
To emphasize the Pathways concept, natural setting and an adventure therapy ropes course were built into the campus design to provide opportunities for personal reflection and growth. The facility design, combined with our accredited treatment programs, provide a holistic, one-of-a-kind experience for each patient’s journey into recovery.