DENTON — Caroline Goes Purple continues through September in observance of National Recovery Month, to raise awareness of the opioid abuse epidemic, but substance abuse occurs year-round — as does the work to help those affected by it.
While advocates work to bring more treatment facilities and options to the Mid-Shore region, resources exist now to connect people with treatment, recovery and counseling needs.
Caroline County Behavioral Health, part of the Caroline County Health Department, is located on the first floor of the HAPS building at 403 S. Seventh St., Denton, and offers services for adults and adolescents with substance use disorders.
Among those offered are individual and group counseling, outpatient treatment, aftercare counseling, family services and referrals for other services.
Caroline County Behavioral Health is a fee-for-service program, and accepts same-day, walk-in appointments from 8 to 10:30 a.m., Monday through Friday.
For more information, call 410-479-1882.
On a more regional scale, Mid Shore Behavioral Health provides guidance on how to connect with quality behavioral health services, resources and supports throughout the Mid-Shore region.
Its website, www.midshorebehavioralhealth.org, offers a map of area behavioral health services, including those treating mental health and substance use disorders and crisis services.
There is also a list of links to connect to other substance use and addiction support services at the local and state level.
A 24-hour crisis hotline can be reached at 1-888-407-8018.
For more information on Mid Shore Behavioral Health, call 410-770-4801.
The Maryland Coalition of Families has a website, www.mdcoalition.org, with connections to resources for a host of issues, including substance abuse and addiction.
The organization also offers one-on-one help through family peer support specialists, assigned to help find local services and treatment options, navigate insurance and connect with other families going through a similar situation.
For more information, call 410-730-8267.