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Encore Outpatient Services was founded with the goal of addressing crucial unmet needs in the treatment of mental health and substance use disorders in the Northern Virginia, DC, and Maryland region. Encore’s program was specifically designed to meet the needs of those in the local area who need support with substance use, co-occurring disorders, process addictions, and unresolved trauma and are looking for a clinically sophisticated and comprehensive approach. 

Encore’s Mission is Recovery for Life and the Core Vision is to support patients in creating a powerful and fulfilling life through recovery from addiction and mental health challenges.

Encore has been able to thrive throughout the years as a high-quality treatment provider due to a partnership that was established between Caron Treatment Centers and Maryland Addiction Recovery Center (MARC), both of whom are leading addiction treatment providers on the east coast. 

Caron and MARC Partnership

Caron and Maryland Addiction Recovery Center (MARC) jointly entered into a management agreement to lead the operations of Encore in 2019.  The partnership to manage Encore Outpatient Services evolved from both companies having a strong passion for community-based treatment, with the belief that collaboration between healthcare professionals, addiction treatment providers, and recovery specialists will bring a positive impact and comprehensive resources to the Mid-Atlantic region allowing all to address the devastating impact of addiction on individuals and families. The collaboration expands the capacity of the three organizations to provide innovative and personalized treatment and recovery services to adults and their families in Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia.

While Encore Outpatient Services operates as an independent treatment program, the management of Encore is overseen by a board comprised of members of the leadership teams from both Caron and MARC. Encore also receives ongoing administrative, clinical, outreach, and strategic support from both organizations to ensure that Encore remains steadfast in its ability to deliver high quality services to individuals and families in need of help for addiction and mental health issues in Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland.

The strategic partnership between Encore, Caron and MARC, provides patients in the Mid-Atlantic area an extensive continuum of care including assessment, detoxification, extended care with community living, outpatient treatment, and family and recovery support services. Encore Outpatient Services is the first joint management agreement between Caron and MARC.

The collective resources across the three teams – such as the leading medical and clinical experts in the treatment sector – allows Encore to do more for individuals and families in the region, as well as the treatment community at large. Additionally, it creates more opportunities for individuals and families to receive the help they need in the local area, including Virginia, DC, and Maryland.

Shared Values and Treatment Philosophies

Caron, MARC and Encore share many of the same treatment values and treatment philosophies.

These include:

  • Believing that we can make the biggest impact on patient and family outcomes, when a collaborative care model is utilized.
  • Believing that treating addiction and mental health issues requires a holistic approach of that focuses on the mind, body, and spirit
  • Believing that addiction and mental health challenges are oftentimes related to underlying trauma, and integrating high quality trauma therapy into the treatment experience
  • Believing that in order for recovery to be possible, the family and social support systems must be integrated into the treatment process
  • Believing that we must always conduct ourselves with the highest ethical standards
  • Believing that research and evidence-based clinical practices should always inform our programs and services
  • Believing that all people deserve an opportunity to achieve recovery and should be supported in accessing quality care, thus offering financial assistance to those in need
  • Believing in a community-based healthcare model that strives to make the biggest impact on local residents, but also develops and implements education and prevention initiatives and efforts to the community.

About Encore Outpatient Services

Encore Outpatient Services provides adults and their families trauma-informed, integrated and customized treatment for addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. Located in Arlington, Virginia, Encore offers partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, general outpatient, and family programs that address the whole person, including underlying trauma and life experiences that may negatively influence the ability to connect with others and form meaningful relationships.

About Caron Treatment Centers

With 60 years in the field, Caron Treatment Centers operates lifesaving addiction and behavioral healthcare treatment. Caron is headquartered in Wernersville, Pennsylvania, with Ocean Drive and Caron Renaissance located in Palm Beach County, Florida. Caron has recovery centers in New England, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., which offer community and recovery support. Caron’s Recovery Centers in Atlanta and New York City also offer pre- and post-treatment services. Caron has the most extensive continuum of care including teens, young adults, mid-life adults, older adults, chronic pain, executives, healthcare and legal professionals and families. Caron’s treatment is customized to meet the needs of individuals and families – with highly trained teams prepared to address co-occurring disorders. Caron offers an innovative approach to ongoing recovery care support for its patients and their families with online peer groups and other resources during the first year of transition following discharge. For more information on Caron, please visit Caron at or follow us on Twitter @CaronTreatment.

About Maryland Addiction Recovery Center

Maryland Addiction Recovery Center, located in Towson, Maryland, offers comprehensive substance abuse treatment and co-occurring treatment services to individuals and families both regionally and nationwide. MARC, a leader in the field of long-term care for addiction, offers several continuums of care, including extended care treatment as well as community-based Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient treatment programs, in order to adequately and appropriate treat addiction as a chronic illness. MARC’s clinical philosophy centers around individualized care through evidence-based medical, therapeutic, and holistic practices to treat not just the symptoms of addiction and mental health, but also the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual issues of an individual in order to support them into sustainable recovery and a high quality of life. For more information on MARC, visit

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