Substance Use

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Support for Those Who Love Someone with Substance Use Disorder

When someone you love struggles with drugs or alcohol, it can be hard to know what to do or how to help. Substance use disorder is often called a “family disease” because those closest to the person using substances usually suffer the most. Family members and friends watch the personality and behavior of their loved one change—sometimes in devastating ways. Trust and communication disappear, replaced by arguments and confrontations. Family relationships break down and hopelessness and confusion set in.

That’s why we’re here. Maryland Coalition of Families staff can offer you the emotional support you need so you can focus on helping your loved one. We connect you to treatment and other resources and offer opportunities to learn about substance use disorders.

Our skilled family peer support specialists have loved and cared for someone with substance use disorder in their own families and they use what they’ve learned to help others facing this situation. We are here to support you while you help your loved one reach the point of being willing and ready to engage in treatment.

There are proactive things you can do to help your loved one with substance use disorder.  Learn about Maryland's Good Samaritan Law and take an Overdose Response training to learn how to administer life-saving naloxone in an overdose situation.

All our services are confidential and free to families regardless of income or insurance. To submit a request for services, click on the Request Services Now button at the top right of this page. If you have questions or want more information, please email us at [email protected] or call 410-730-8267.

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