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Family Resources for Substance Use Disorder During COVID-19

Ann Geddes - Thursday, May 14, 2020

Families that struggle with substance use disorder are experiencing unique and increased challenges caused by the COVID-19 public health crisis. An additional concern is that the resources usually available to support these families are not accessible in the same way now. There are, however, many highly effective online and remote alternatives to receive support.

Maryland Coalition of Families (MCF) offers family peer support to any loved one caring for someone with a substance use disorder (alcohol or drugs) or a problem gambling issue. MCF’s Family Peer Support Specialists have compassion and understanding for families that are struggling in this way because they have had similar struggles in their own families. Services during the COVID-19 public health crisis include one-on-one support via phone calls and texts, video conferencing, and email. Support groups, training, activities and events are available online. For more information visit MCF’s website and contact us by email or by calling 410-730-8267.

The Maryland Department of Health has compiled a comprehensive list of online supports for individuals and families struggling with substance use disorder. This list includes multiple listings for virtual recovery support meetings such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous, Refuge Recovery, Smart Recovery, and more. In addition, there is information about various helplines and apps, information on accessing peer support and treatment during Covid-19, and a link to obtain Naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal treatment.

Al-Anon supports family members who are impacted by a loved one’s use of alcohol. Find online Al-Anon meetings here.

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