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Anyone who’s ever visited Maryland knows there’s a lot to love about it. From the sparkling coastlines to the mouthwatering crab cakes to the world renowned Johns Hopkins University and Medical Center, Maryland has much to celebrate. But Maryland is not immune from the addiction epidemic that continues to ravage the United States. Indeed, while rates of excessive alcohol consumption in Maryland are lower than the national average in many categories, including prevalence of binge drinking among Maryland women and seniors, alcohol misuse remains a persistent challenge state-wide. The good news, however, is that recovery is possible for those experiencing addiction. AA meetings in Maryland are a time-tested resource for youth and adults seeking long-term sobriety through whole-person healing.

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In Maryland, an estimated 4,544 years of potential life were lost due to the average annual rate of alcohol-related deaths among persons age 21 and under between 2015 and 2019. Those 4,500 years of life lost are more than a data point to the families and friends of those taken far too soon. Those lives represent decades of achievement and contribution, of families not created and children not born, of generations of Marylanders cut off before their time. And they speak to the urgent need for more addiction education and prevention programs specifically targeted to the unique need and interest of Maryland’s young people.

Alcoholism Statistics in Maryland

The data on alcohol misuse in Maryland are mixed. Maryland’s average rate of excessive alcohol consumption is lower than the national average across several significant categories. However, the state’s higher-than-average prevalence of underage drinking and alcohol-related deaths among persons under 21 suggests a deeply disturbing trend, the prospect of an evolving crisis among Maryland’s youngest and therefore most vulnerable populations.

  • According to a 2023 report by the United Health Foundation, an estimated 14.7% of adults in Maryland reported binge drinking in the previous 30 days, substantially lower than the national average of 18.4%;
  • In Maryland, the five year annual average rate of alcohol-related deaths surged by more than 61% between 2015 and 2019;
  • In Maryland, the average age of the initiation of alcohol consumption among minors is 16.2 years;
  • More than 14% of Maryland youth between the ages of 12 and 20 consumed alcohol within the previous 30 days.

Popular Types of AA Meetings in Maryland

While AA programs operate according to the time-tested 12 Step Model of recovery across cities, states, and nations worldwide, this does not mean that every meeting is the same. Indeed, AA meetings are as unique as the individuals they serve, addressing the specific and evolving recovery needs and goals of its members. Some of the most popular AA meeting types in Maryland include:

  • Discussion: When you think of AA meetings, probably the first image that comes to mind is the discussion meeting. In a discussion meeting, attendees take turns addressing the audience and sharing their experiences. In a discussion, the group offers advice and support as members explore their challenges, needs, and hopes as they work to maintain, or to regain, their sobriety.
  • 12 Step: The AA program is based on a stages-of-change model of recovery that embraces whole-person healing, including members’ physical, psychological, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being. The 12 Steps are designed to promote members’ holistic recovery through systematic, incremental change. Meetings oriented around the 12 steps enable members to analyze and discuss one step at a time, including developing actionable strategies for “working” the step in the week to come.
  • As Bill Sees It: As Bill Sees It meeting center on the study of writings, lectures, and commentary from Bill Wilson (Bill W.), the co-founder of AA. These literature study groups offer motivation, comfort, and pragmatic advice across every stage of members’ recovery journey.

Online AA Meetings in Maryland

The AA program is, at its heart, a social model of healing. It’s the support that members receive from one another, from their peers in recovery, that makes healing possible. This does not mean, however, that in-person support is the only viable option for AA members. Indeed, virtual platforms, from online addiction education courses to push notifications on your cell phone, can provide support and motivation when and where you need it most. 

Online AA meetings in Maryland enable residents to attend meetings of every variety without having to leave home, including gender-specific meetings, special interest meetings, and meetings in multiple languages.

Resources for Alcohol Addiction in Maryland

If you’re experiencing alcohol dependency, you’re not alone. Regardless of your age, gender, or circumstance, hope and help are available throughout the state of Maryland.

  • 211 Maryland: This state-sponsored agency enables you to connect by phone, text, or computer to crisis intervention programs, addiction counseling, and overdose prevention services and other key resources in your area. Resources include programs for youth, seniors, pregnant and postpartum women, persons with co-occurring addiction and mental illness, low-income individuals and families, and other special populations.
  • Office of Treatment Services: This program is a division of the Maryland Department of Health Behavioral Health Administration and includes the development, implementation, and assessment of community-based addiction prevention and recovery programs state-wide. They also connect Marylanders to inpatient, outpatient, and community based care, including state-funded programs, medication assisted treatment (MAT) clinics, and dual diagnosis care providers. Age and gender-specific services are available, including dedicated services for high-risk and special patient populations.


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