About Us

Welcome! You can trust Stella Maris for help as you overcome addiction and regain the life you want. Here you will find more than treatment. You will find hope. Our 70-year legacy is built on reaching out to those who are lost, afraid and in despair and offering them care, support and healing of body and spirit.

Stella Maris has provided drug and alcohol treatment services to the people of Greater Cleveland since 1948. Our services have expanded over the years, but our mission hasn’t changed: We treat addiction, guide recovery and rebuild lives. We serve anyone in Greater Cleveland struggling with addiction, regardless of ability to pay. Some 95% of our clients come to us at or below the Federal Poverty Level.* Many lack a stable home or insurance. Addiction does not discriminate by age, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or income, and neither do we. We serve people from all walks of life.

A Continuum of Care

We offer a connected set of programs and services that we call a “Continuum of Care.” Through public and private funding, our services have grown to meet the demand fueled by the opioid epidemic.* The number of people receiving our services has increased in each of the past three years. We are one of only three detoxification programs in Cuyahoga County. We are treating 90% of our clients for addiction to opiates or opiates in combination with other drugs. We understand that successful treatment requires a holistic approach. We work closely with clients and family members to guide them on the path to recovery.

A Community Partner in Northeast Ohio

At Stella Maris, you are never alone in the fight against addiction. Neither are we! Stella Maris works with many community partners: other treatment agencies, outreach programs, government agencies, health care centers, the Veterans Administration (V.A.), drug courts, five local police departments, and many Northeast Ohio social service organizations.

Stella Maris is approved by national, state and local bodies that set standards of care.

Stella Maris has contracts with funders such as U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services, Veterans Administration, ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County, the Cuyahoga County Department of Homeless Services and Lorain County Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services. We also gladly receive donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and other organizations.

We have addressed fiscal and clinical challenges over the years with a series of strategic plans. The most recent identifies these priorities: 1) expand the holistic Continuum of Care for clients; 2) build agency capacity; and 3) maintain a stable financial base.

*Professional facts: The U.S. government uses the poverty level to determine who may receive federal subsidies and aid. In 2018, the poverty income level for one person is $12,140 … Opioid-related deaths in Cuyahoga County rose from 270 in 2015 to 517 in 2016 and continue to climb. In January 2018, the county Medical Examiner Office said at least 822 overdose deaths had occurred in 2017. Opioids (heroin, fentanyl, carfentanyl) played a major role in almost all of these deaths.

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