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My Son’s Struggle with Mental Health and Substance Use – A Mom’s Story

Beth Hess - Monday, August 13, 2018
People with mental health disorders are more likely than others to experience an alcohol or substance use disorder. The term “co-occurring mental health and substance use disorder” is used to describe this. Research around co-occurring disorders in young people is limited, but it is estimated that 60 to 75 percent of adolescents who have mental health issues also have subst ..

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Hope – a Pathway to Help

Beth Hess - Tuesday, August 07, 2018
“Stay encouraged.” If you talk to MCF Family Peer Support Specialist Sherri Allen by phone or email, you’ll hear these words at the end of the conversation. It’s one way she reminds you that, no matter how hard things feel now, she’s there to support you in staying hopeful. You’ll hear that same message of hope—in their own words—from every member of MCF ..

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Changing Stigmatizing Language around Substance Use Disorders

Beth Hess - Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Language matters. The language that we use to discuss substance use disorders can perpetuate stigma. And stigma against those with a substance use disorder can impact people’s willingness to seek help – for fear that they will be judged or discriminated against. Below are some examples of language associated with substance use disorders, and preferred terms that we can each ..

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Family Peer Support – One Family’s Story

Beth Hess - Monday, April 09, 2018
Previously we shared the story (/blog/family-peer-support-one-family-s-story) of a twelve-year-old boy with intensive mental health needs and how he and his family were helped through MCF’s Family Peer Support program. This month we are profiling a family that received family peer support assistance from a staff member of MCF’s substance use team. A mother contacted a  ..

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MCF’s Substance Use Work Receives National Recognition

Beth Hess - Wednesday, December 20, 2017
MCF’s work supporting families of young people with substance use challenges has been recognized with a national award for innovation in programming. Presented by FREDLA (the Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association), the award recognized MCF for expanding its work to provide family peer support to parents and caregivers of young people with sub ..

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Resource: Maryland Certified Substance Use Treatment Locator

Beth Hess - Tuesday, November 14, 2017
If you are looking for a provider of substance use treatment, the Maryland Treatment Locator will provide you with listings of certified substance use treatment providers that fit your criteria. Search with as few or as many criteria as you’d like to enter by using the selections in the drop-down menu boxes. For a targeted search, enter the county in which you are se ..

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National Recovery Month

Beth Hess - Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Like other chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, substance use disorders can be successfully managed with proper treatment, yet less than 10% of youth needing substance use treatment receive any treatment services. September, recognized as National Recovery Month, is an opportunity for each of us to raise awareness and understanding of substance use disorders. ..

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International Overdose Awareness Day and National Recovery Month

Beth Hess - Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Communities throughout Maryland will recognize International Overdose Awareness Day (https://www.overdoseday.com/) on August 31 and National Recovery Month (https://www.recoverymonth.gov/) in September. International Overdose Awareness Day aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families  ..

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The Marijuana Debate and Teens

Beth Hess - Monday, July 17, 2017
Amid the loosening of laws related to marijuana, including the legalization of marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes in some states, there has been a lot of conversation about how it will impact youth. One fear is that de-criminalization and legalization will convey to youth the message that marijuana use is acceptable, and cause an increase in its use among adolesc ..

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Raising Awareness of a Life-Saving Law

Beth Hess - Monday, July 10, 2017
As the number of drug overdoses continues to increase in Maryland (http://www.mdcoalition.org/blog/new-report-overdose-deaths-increase-66-in-maryland-between-2015-and-2016), MCF’s Family Peer Support staff are in the community raising awareness of a life-saving law—the Good Samaritan Law—which protects people assisting in an emergency overdose situation from arrest, ..

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