Because someone you know needs us.



The Jude House Incorporated’s mission is to not only guide our clients towards living substance free, but also contribute to their overall well-being for coming together as a community with knowledge, compassion and unity to heal, educate, and change lives… day at a time.


To know we are the best in providing treatment, but for everyone else to know it as well.


In 1972, a recovering alcoholic temporarily housed a friend in a cabin off of U.S. Route 301, about 10 miles south of La Plata. The friend had an alcoholic drinking pattern and was attempting to quit.

Others in the recovering community volunteered their support and over time other suffering alcoholics used the small building as a "Home on the Road to Recovery."

In 1974, a farmhouse in the Dentsville area was offered, and the Jude House activities moved there. Volunteers continued to see to the needs of men attempting to stop drinking.


Supporters of the Jude House successfully petitioned the Charles County Government for use of the old Bel Alton School building for their on-going work.

The Jude House opened there in October of 1979.

The Jude House has grown from a strictly volunteer effort to help one man, into an organized program of recovery operated by both professional staff and volunteers.


In 1989, a grant made major renovations possible at the Bel Alton location.

In 1992, the Bel Alton building was reopened and the Jude House began its present program -- a non-profit, long-term, residential substance use treatment facility.

In November 2012, the Jude House began outpatient treatment in order to provide a more extensive treatment plan for recovery. Substance use disorders are treatable, highly complex illnesses. Treatment is most often successful when addicted persons come together in an atmosphere of abstinence and mutual support.

The Jude House is committed to continuing the legacy of its beginnings by offering services to Charles County residents and beyond.


CARF Accreditationcarf

The Jude House, Incorporated is committed to delivering high-quality services to our persons served. We are equally committed to maintaining a high level of quality standards for business practice.

We are proud to demonstrate this commitment by achieving the highest awarding CARF accreditation.

What is CARF accreditation?

When considering a substance use treatment provider, how do you evaluate the different available options? Where do you look to determine which providers may offer the highest quality services? The answer is CARF International.

CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services providers in the areas of Aging Services, Behavioral Health, Child and Youth Services, Durable Medical Equipment, Employment and Community Services, Medical Rehabilitation, Opioid Treatment Programs, and Vision Rehabilitation Services.

Programs and services that are CARF accredited have demonstrated their conformance to internationally recognized standards for service delivery. They have demonstrated their commitment to continuous quality improvement and a consumer-driven focus.

Person-centered services

Persons served play an active and vital role in the CARF accreditation process, from helping to develop the international performance standards to giving input on the quality of services they receive. Through accreditation, providers demonstrate their belief that all people have the right to be treated with dignity and respect, have access to needed services that achieve optimum outcomes, and are empowered to exercise informed choice. The Jude House, Incorporated is pleased to join CARF in this mission.

For more information about CARF International, the standards, or the accreditation process, visit



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