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Every addiction has the same essential element at its core: pain. Whether it stems from an injury, chronic disease, or psychological conditions, almost everyone struggling with a substance use disorder or addiction uses to numb or lessen pain. Opiates, substances that come from the opium poppy, have been used for centuries to treat pain. Recently, their synthetic opioid counterparts have become so popular that they’ve ceased to be a useful medical option and have become an epidemic. The over-reliance on opiates and opioids have led millions to suffer from the disease of addiction. Opioid addiction and opioid abuse have damaged livelihoods and led to thousands of fatalities.


This is why finding the right opiate and opioid addiction treatment is so important. TruHealing in Baltimore, Maryland intimately understands how the opioid epidemic has affected individuals, families, and communities. This is why we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality care possible.


How Opiates and Opioids Work

Fun lady out shoppingBoth classes of substances have similar effects. These painkillers attach themselves to opioid receptors in your brain and change the way you perceive pain. There are numerous medications prescribed to treat pain, such as Percocet, Darvocet, or Oxycontin. These prescription painkillers are incredibly potent, so even if individuals follow their doctor’s instructions, they can develop a dependency or addiction.


For those not feeling physical pain, these drugs can bring on a sense of euphoria followed by deep relaxation. Many individuals who become addicted through prescription painkiller abuse turn to illegal opiates like heroin. But over time, individuals struggling with opioid use disorder develop a tolerance requiring more to achieve the same effect. Thus begins the cycle of opioid and opiate addiction.


If you’re concerned that you or someone you love has an addiction to opiates, there are several red flags that are quite noticeable. They include:


  • Euphoria and/or extreme sleepiness
  • Confusion
  • Constricted pupils
  • Slowed breathing
  • Nodding off
  • Mood swings
  • Isolation
  • Obtaining opiate prescriptions from several doctors


Depending on the substance a person uses, withdrawal symptoms can range from mild to extremely uncomfortable and even potentially life-threatening. Fighting your opiate addiction alone can be dangerous. If, for instance, you’ve been heavily using a powerful opiate such as heroin or fentanyl for any length of time, suddenly quitting the drug without professional help would be very difficult both physically and psychologically. Furthermore, your chances of relapse would be extremely high.


Treating Opioid Addiction and Opiate Abuse

Treating opioid addiction can seem daunting. However, with the right combination of individual therapy and group therapy, those who come to work with us at TruHealing Baltimore can get to the root of their addiction. As a chronic disease, addiction needs professional support to overcome and manage. It is complex with both mental and physical aspects. Our team of counselors and therapists work with medical professionals to provide holistic treatment. We offer several therapeutic options, so clients have their specific needs met as they progress through treatment. This, combined with medication-assisted treatment, has proven very effective in helping those struggling with opiate or opioid addiction heal from the disease.


TruHealing Baltimore

Here at TruHealing Baltimore, we understand that fighting addiction to opiates and opioids is an incredibly difficult battle. At the same time, our highly successful medical and therapeutic team knows that success and freedom from the bonds of addiction are possible. We understand that each individual has a unique path to recovery. Thus, we offer a wide range of treatment programs to meet the needs of clients. For instance, individuals can take advantage of the following:



Don’t let yourself or someone you love become just another statistic. Liberate yourself from the burden of opioids and opiates today. Contact our caring, compassionate opiate addiction treatment counselors at 833.782.2241 to take the first step toward lasting sobriety.

Why TruHealing Baltimore?

TruHealing Baltimore is your partner for recovery. We are ready to give you or your loved one everything they need for recovery that stands the test of time. The only requirement is a little hope and enough willingness to try. The sober, happy and peaceful life you’re imagining is much closer than you imagine. Give us a call (833) 782-2241 and we can start moving in the right direction. 

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Kathy Michelle Hill

Clinical Director

I am a National Certified Counselor with expertise in addiction and criminal justice. I am a member of PSI CHI Honor Society and the Psychology Honor Society.  I have also been recognized by a “Who’s Who Among Students” award.  
My goal for this position is to formulate strategies that will improve the clinical team’s performance, for both clinical and client success. It is rewarding to me to support clients through role modeling, positive motivation, and determination. 

My goal for this position is to formulate strategies that will improve the clinical team’s performance, for both clinical and client success. It is rewarding to me to support clients through role modeling, positive motivation, and determination. 

I am a helper by nature. My most pleasurable moments in life are helping others who have experienced adversity and who are seeking guidance to improve their lives.  

Kathy Michelle Hill, LCPC, NCC, CSC-AD, is the Clinical Director at TruHealing Baltimore. Hill received a BS in psychology from Tuskegee University in 1993, a MS degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Baltimore in 2006, and a MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2020. Hill is currently a PhD student in Applied Behavior Analysis at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and is expected to graduate in 2026.  

Stacy Decker
Director of Operations

I joined the team at TruHealing Hagerstown in 2020. Before starting my current position, I worked as an administrator in outpatient surgical care, and then joined an ambulatory surgery center development company as Regional Director.  I enjoy using my medical background and business knowledge—in conjunction with my personal experiences in recovery—to encourage and support clients seeking treatment.

Abstinence and recovery are an integral part of my life. Being able to help other people who are suffering with a substance use disorder has been a blessing. TruHealing Hagerstown is the only inpatient facility in our community to help people suffering with substance use disorders. It’s incredibly rewarding to give back to my community.

Staci Decker is the Director of Operations at TruHealing Baltimore. 


As we continue to grow Amatus Health, the need to stay competitive and differentiate ourselves in unique ways is crucial. Building creative approaches to reach more people will take our company to new heights. This is why I am pleased to announce that we are officially rebranding. Our new national name, TruHealing Addiction & Mental Health Treatment, will eventually replace Amatus Recovery Centers.

You may be asking, “Why are we doing this?” This new name will give us national uniformity and help brand ourselves as a whole, which will be done in phases. You will still see our existing facility names co-branded with TruHealing for the time being.

Healing is what we do. Everyone who comes through our doors is in a moment of profound struggle in their lives. We support them through a life-changing process of healing and recovery, and they leave our facilities changed. This new name is a representation of that process. As mentioned above, it also allows us to have a national brand, which will make us a recognizable name in the addiction and mental health field.

In summation, these changes present an excellent opportunity for our organization to develop our mission, vision, and purpose. I look forward to prosperous growth as we head in a new and positive direction.


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Mark Gold
Amatus Health