Self Help


Be aware of mental-health chat-rooms. They can be long on sympathy and short on knowledge. Online health sites, a worldwide worry!

These web sites offer information on psychological and health issues:

Self-Screening Tests:




Substance Abuse Treatment Referrals

Addiction Prevention and Recovery Administration (APRA)

APRA promotes access to substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery support services. DC Residents in need of substance abuse treatment can access services free of charge. HU students need a DC license or a letter from Howard stating that one is a resident.

To access services, complete an assessment at: Assessment and Referral Center (ARC)

70 N Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002

Telephone: (202) 727-8473 - Fax: (202) 727-8411


No scheduling is needed. Walk-in hours are: 7 am - 6 pm.

After the ARC conducts a complete assessment, the client may choose a treatment provider from a list of 30 treatment program of the Drug Treatment Choice Program (DTCP).  Typically, a client will begin treatment within one day. There is no waiting list for treatment in the District of Columbia.


Kolmac Clinic

1411 K Street, N.W., Suite 703
Washington, DC 20005


 The Kolmac Clinic provides outpatient rehabilitation and treatment programs for adults with alcohol, drug, and other substance abuse problems. Because Kolmac is an outpatient treatment center, patients can receive rehab help without taking leave from work or family responsibility.

 Kolmac has six facilities serving Maryland, DC and northern Virginia:

          Baltimore, MD           

          Washington, DC           

          Gaithersburg, MD           

          Columbia, MD           

          Silver Spring, MD            

          Towson, MD

Admissions: (301) 589-0255

 Most insurance plans cover part or all of the costs at Kolmac. The exact out-of-pocket expense for the patient varies accordingly. Patients interested in treatment with us should call with insurance information and our staff will explain costs.  Once the patient has scheduled an appointment our staff will verify the insurance coverage.  Payment plans are available if needed.

Some of the insurance plans and managed care companies that cover treatment at Kolmac:

  • Aetna

  • AmericanPsychSystems

  • Carefirst BlueCross BlueShield (FEP, HMO, PPO)


  • Kaiser

  • Magellan


  • National Capital PPO (NCPPO)

  • United Behavioral Health

  • United Healthcare

  • ValueOptions


Providence Hospital

Seton House – Behavioral Health Services

1053 Buchanan Street NE

Washington, DC  20017

(202) 269-7649


The Calvin Rolark Center
1949 4th Street, N.E.
Washington, D. C. 20002

Telephone: (202) 462-7500




Clean and Sober Streets

2 North

425 2nd St., NW

Washington DC 20001


Accepts walk-ins, please call (202) 783-7343

Payment: there is no payment for treatment.

Arlington County Alcohol & Drug Abuse Program

1725 N. George Mason Drive Arlington, VA 22205

Telephone: (703) 228-4900


Payment: use a sliding fee based on income.

Fairfax County Drug & Alcohol Referral Services

Telephone: (703) 383-8470



Useful links for Drug/Alcohol

 National Institute on Drug Abuse

 Partnership for a Drug Free America

Screening for College Mental Health Concerns


Last updated September, 2014