Addiction treatment experts, public officials and community members gathered at Recovery Centers of America’s (RCA) Maryland Center for Addiction Treatment (MCAT) for a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony Aug. 16 at the new facility in Waldorf.
More than 120 community members and families affected by the addiction epidemic gathered at the open house to learn about MCAT’s mission and services and tour the 72,000-square-foot, $30 million facility.
District 28 Del. Edith Patterson, D-Charles County presented MCAT CEO Adam Brickner and RCA’s founder and CEO Brian O’Neill with a citation in recognition of the grand opening, as well as the Maryland flag for the center’s lobby. Charles County Commissioner Peter Murphy expressed gratitude on behalf of the county, presenting its seal to MCAT for bringing its services to the community.
Brinker acted as master of ceremonies for the event, which also featured remarks from Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Deni Carise and interventionist Joani Gammill. Both women shared personal stories dealing with addiction.
Noah Johnson, the first patient to be treated at the facility, also spoke about his recovery journey and the life changing realizations he was able to gather in treatment.
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