EJAL’s Newsletter


Important Information

For a limited time, EJAL will be offering Open Intake Hours. Monday – Friday, 6 A.M. – 8 A.M. There is no appointment required. Please bring a picture ID as well as a valid Medical Assistance card or intake fee of $100 (this includes the intake fee and first week) total.

After Hours Emergency Number

410-916-5507 to be used only by patients on the program, not to be used for intake calls or for any other purpose.

Patient Advisory Group

Patients are invited to lunch to express ideas regarding the clinic. This is an opportunity for clients to discuss with other clients how we can enhance your treatment experience. If you would like to be part of this meeting please speak with your counselor or Kim.

Suggestion Box

A suggestion and comment box is located in the lobby. The suggestion and comment box is confidential. Please feel free to suggest improvements for the clinic.


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Our Counselors

Counseling is an essential element of any treatment for substance use disorder. Ejal has 12 counselors providing individual counseling for patients. Counseling services are available Monday through Friday from 5:30AM – 10:45AM. During the one-on-one counseling sessions, counselors will work with patients developing an individual treatment plan.

Our Doctors and Nurses

EJAL has six nurses and two Doctors on staff, to supervise and provide support for medically assisted treatment.

Employee of the Month

Tony Shaw, CAC-AD is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug counselor and EJAL’s new Clinical Director. Recently, Administration received a letter from one of the counselors that Tony oversees. In the letter this counselor wanted to commend, not only, Tony’s academic achievements, but also the respect and knowledge he gives the staff and clients daily.

He had pretty big shoes to fill when our previous Clinical Director took over as our Program Director. But he has continued her legacy of leading through respect, integrity and fairness.

In addition to reviewing charts and offering guidance as relates to enhancing client care, Mr. Shaw has implemented a weekly meeting/ training program where the counselors exchange ideas and stay abreast of the latest counseling techniques designed to empower their clients and support one another.


Congratulations Tony!!

We are lucky to have you on our team!!


How Fentanyl became the deadliest drug in America

Author: KSDK Staff; Published: January 8, 2019


In a 2018 study, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Fentanyl is now the deadliest drug in America, with over 18,000 overdose deaths in 2016, the most recent year for which statistics are available.

But what is Fentanyl?

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent.
Overdoses are soaring

On average, in each year from 2013 to 2016, the rate of overdose deaths from fentanyl increased by about 113 percent per year. In fact, the CDC says that fentanyl was responsible for 29 percent of all overdose deaths in 2016, up from just 4 percent in 2011.

Overall, more than 63,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2016. This is an average of 174 deaths per day.

Like heroin, morphine, and other opioid drugs, Fentanyl affects the brain by binding to the body’s opioid receptors, which are found in areas of the brain that control pain and emotions.
When opioid drugs bind to these receptors, they can drive up dopamine levels in the brain’s reward areas, producing a state of euphoria and relaxation.
Fentanyl’s effects resemble those of heroin and include euphoria, drowsiness, nausea, confusion, constipation, sedation, tolerance, addiction, respiratory depression and arrest, unconsciousness, coma, and death.

Why is Fentanyl dangerous?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the opioid receptors are also found in the areas of the brain that control breathing rate. High doses of opioids, especially potent opioids such as Fentanyl, can cause breathing to stop completely, which can lead to death.

To read the full article please visit: https://www.ksdk.com/article/news/investigations/heroin-and-opiates/how-fentanyl-became-the-deadliest-drug-in-america/63-a9c8036c-0087-44c0-aaf4-85d1d025a0b9

EJAL Word of Wisdom

“Don’t let the past steal your present.” –Terri Guillemets