Substance Use


When someone you love is addicted to drugs or alcohol, it can be hard to know what to do or how to help. Addiction is often called a “family disease” because those closest to the addicted person 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 give you the emotional support you need to focus on helping your loved one. We connect you to treatment and other resources for the person with the addiction, help you create action plans and set goals, and offer opportunities to learn about addiction.

If someone you love has an addiction, two proactive things you can do are 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.

What do FPSS do

Our Services for Families Coping With Addiction

Our skilled and understanding family peer support staff have experienced addiction issues 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. All of our services are completely free and confidential.

To connect with one of our staff, email us at [email protected] or call 410-730-8267.

Resources for More Information

Partnership to End Addiction

National Institute on Drug Abuse

Maryland Opioid Operational Command Center