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Md. Center for Addiction Treatment celebrates grand opening with open house

From left, District 28 Del. Edith Patterson, D-Charles County, Recovery Center of America founder and CEO Brian O’Neill and Maryland Center for Addiction Treatment CEO Adam Brickner display a Maryland flag that will fly at the new center in Waldorf. Patterson presented the flag and an official citation for the center’s grand-opening event. (Photo by Bill Cassidy, Recovery Centers of America)

From left, District 28 Del. Edith Patterson, D-Charles County, Recovery Center of America founder and CEO Brian O’Neill and Maryland Center for Addiction Treatment CEO Adam Brickner display a Maryland flag that will fly at the new center in Waldorf. Patterson presented the flag and an official citation for the center’s grand-opening event. (Photo by Bill Cassidy, Recovery Centers of America)

From left, Charles County Commissioner Peter Murphy, Recovery Center of America Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Deni Carise, MCAT’s first patient Noah Johnson, RCA CEO Brian O’Neill, District 28 Del. Edith Patterson, D-Charles County, Maryland Center for Addiction Treatment CEO Adam Brickner and Natalia Sheehan participate in a ceremonial ribbon-cutting during the grand-opening celebration for the new treatment center in Waldorf. (Photo by Bill Cassidy, Recovery Centers of America)

From left, Charles County Commissioner Peter Murphy, Recovery Center of America Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Deni Carise, MCAT’s first patient Noah Johnson, RCA CEO Brian O’Neill, District 28 Del. Edith Patterson, D-Charles County, Maryland Center for Addiction Treatment CEO Adam Brickner and Natalia Sheehan participate in a ceremonial ribbon-cutting during the grand-opening celebration for the new treatment center in Waldorf. (Photo by Bill Cassidy, Recovery Centers of America)

Recovery Center of America founder and CEO Brian O’Neill addresses a crowd of more than 120 guests at the grand-opening celebration for Recovery Centers of America’s Maryland Center for Addiction Treatment in Waldorf. O’Neill shared the story of how performing interventions inspired him to build a network of treatment centers. (Photo by Bill Cassidy, Recovery Centers of America)

Recovery Center of America founder and CEO Brian O’Neill addresses a crowd of more than 120 guests at the grand-opening celebration for Recovery Centers of America’s Maryland Center for Addiction Treatment in Waldorf. O’Neill shared the story of how performing interventions inspired him to build a network of treatment centers. (Photo by Bill Cassidy, Recovery Centers of America)

The new $30 million Maryland Center for Addiction Treatment in Waldorf has a campus of 72,000 square feet and works with patients and families seeking care for substance use disorders and drug or alcohol addiction. (Photo by Bill Cassidy, Recovery Centers of America)

The new $30 million Maryland Center for Addiction Treatment in Waldorf has a campus of 72,000 square feet and works with patients and families seeking care for substance use disorders and drug or alcohol addiction. (Photo by Bill Cassidy, Recovery Centers of America)

From left, Charles County Commissioner Peter Murphy presents Recovery Center of America founder and CEO Brian O’Neill and Maryland Center for Addiction Treatment CEO Adam Brickner with the county seal during the new treatment center’s grand-opening celebration in Waldorf. (Photo by Bill Cassidy, Recovery Centers of America)

From left, Charles County Commissioner Peter Murphy presents Recovery Center of America founder and CEO Brian O’Neill and Maryland Center for Addiction Treatment CEO Adam Brickner with the county seal during the new treatment center’s grand-opening celebration in Waldorf. (Photo by Bill Cassidy, Recovery Centers of America)

Interventionist Joani Gammill, with service dog Lucy at the lectern, shares an emotional story of her addiction and the importance of intervention services for families during the Maryland Center for Addiction Treatment’s grand-opening event in Waldorf. (Photo by Bill Cassidy, Recovery Centers of America)

Interventionist Joani Gammill, with service dog Lucy at the lectern, shares an emotional story of her addiction and the importance of intervention services for families during the Maryland Center for Addiction Treatment’s grand-opening event in Waldorf. (Photo by Bill Cassidy, Recovery Centers of America)

Dr. Deni Carise, the chief scientific officer with Recovery Center of America, walks on stage to share the story of her recovery journey as a message of hope to the crowd of more than 120 guests during the Maryland Center for Addiction Treatment’s grand-opening event in Waldorf. (Photo by Bill Cassidy, Recovery Centers of America)

Dr. Deni Carise, the chief scientific officer with Recovery Center of America, walks on stage to share the story of her recovery journey as a message of hope to the crowd of more than 120 guests during the Maryland Center for Addiction Treatment’s grand-opening event in Waldorf. (Photo by Bill Cassidy, Recovery Centers of America)

Maryland Center for Addiction Treatment’s grand-opening event included tours of the $30 million facility as guests were able to get a look inside multiple buildings on the 72,000-square-foot campus. (Photo by Bill Cassidy, Recovery Centers of America)

Maryland Center for Addiction Treatment’s grand-opening event included tours of the $30 million facility as guests were able to get a look inside multiple buildings on the 72,000-square-foot campus. (Photo by Bill Cassidy, Recovery Centers of America)

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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