Take Back My Life is an initiative of the Frederick County Health Department aimed at expanding awareness of the risks associated with opioid use, while supporting families and empowering individuals on a path of health and recovery.
These videos present real people in the Frederick area who have experienced opioid use disorder — either their own or those of family members. They’re sharing their stories in hopes of saving other lives and households from the pain and heartbreak they’ve suffered. Their stories provide hope and encouragement for a brighter tomorrow.
We believe strongly that there is no wrong path to recovery, and that an individual’s support needs may look different depending on their readiness and/or desire to change.
If you or a loved one is in need of treatment services, you may access a licensed program or professional by:
Treatment services range from outpatient individual and group counseling to residential care. Medications such as Suboxone/buprenorphine, methadone, and Vivitrol/naltrexone can be an important part of treatment for opioid use disorders. Some people find it helpful to engage in self-help or recovery services along with professional treatment while they are establishing a new day-to-day lifestyle.
Recovery support services, such as those found at a Recovery Center, can offer structured support from trained peers, along with connections to other needed resources. Long-standing organizations self-help communities, like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA), may be a support to those exploring a path to recovery. Likewise, Al-Anon can be an important support for loved ones of those who are affected by substance-related disorders.
Support is also important during times when an individual is using substances. This type of support is called “harm reduction”. Harm reduction aims to keep people as safe and healthy as possible, reducing the negative consequences associated with drug use and unprotected sex. These programs emphasize respect, compassion, and the dignity of those being served. Workers engage nonjudgmentally with individuals using substances; provide education, and empower them to access services when they are ready.
Good Samaritan Law flyer - Don’t Be Afraid to Call 9-1-1!
Overdose Response/ Naloxone (Narcan) Training - Free Narcan kits may be available!
Effective July 1, 2017 all Overdose Response Training courses will be held at the Frederick County Health Dept. on 350 Montevue Lane.
Funding provided by the Maryland Department of Health, Behavioral Health Administration & SAMHSA. 2018
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