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Valley House has served the community since 1955 when it established the first halfway house for male alcoholics in the State of Maryland.  It was formed as a non-profit to aid and assist those destitute chronic alcoholics being released from jails and hospitals.  The intent was to assist in arresting alcoholism through the use of the principles of sober living, counseling and rehabilitation.  It's sister house, Bridge House, was founded in 1972 to accommodate the increasing requests for services.

For over 50 years, Valley House, Inc. has held out the hand of hope to individuals who have sought recovery from alcoholism.  It has held out the same compassion to persons who were otherwise chemically dependent.  It  remains dedicated to the care, treatment and rehabilitation of the suffering addicted person.

Admission Criteria

Valley House, Inc. accepts males over 18 years of age that are medically stable, can provide self care and have a primary diagnosis of Substance Dependency Disorder as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual and meet the American Medicines Placement Criteria.  All clients are prescreened prior to admission to determine motivation and appropriateness for this treatment level.

Living Situation

Clients are housed in a facility that promotes cleanliness and self-esteem.  Clients are served three nutritious meals per day and snacks.  All clients are subject to random Urinalysis testing and are required to attend a minimum of two (2) A.A. or N.A. Meetings per day.


Case Management

Clients are provided with referrals to resources for medical, educational, vocational, legal, financial and other special needs.

Treatment Planning

Individual treatment plans are based on a comprehensive assessment, completed with the counselor and client to ensure that therapeutic goals are fulfilled.

Individual Counseling

Clients have a weekly individual one-on-one counseling session for intensive self-focused work towards the completion of their treatment plan goals.

Group Counseling

Clients share their histories, their ambitions, their successes and failures to motivate and assist in each others recovery.

Aftercare Planning

Prior to discharge each client meets with his counselor to discuss what steps the client will take to insure his recovery.

Educational Groups

Disease Model of Addiction

Introduction to Self-Help Groups

Relapse Prevention


Family Issues

STD's and Safe Sex Practices

Goal Limits and Boundary Settings

Anger Management


Role Playing


Executive Director

Benjamin S. Toney

Clinical Supervisor

Kenneth Foster CAC-AD

Program Manager

Thornton Armstead MSW, CSC-AD


Anthony Jackson CIT


David Smith

Work Therapy Participant

Phillip Moore

Work Therapy Participant

William Stewart

The staff is client-centered;  emphasis is placed on empowering clients with the necessary skills and knowledge to remain abstinent regardless of life situations or issues.