Recovery from OUDs involves long term treatment of the brain that requires both persistence and assistance. The cycle of abstinence and relapse is difficult to navigate and may require continual support from experts, family members, and peers who have experience in recovering from this disease. Recovery from substance use disorders may require more than just one type of treatment or support mechanism. It is encouraged to not only obtain a physician, but also find a counselor and mentor. Mentors can be found at community support groups such as Narcotics Anonymous or other support groups. Peer Recovery Support Specialists are certified peer mentors that are available to support people in their recovery journey.
Support groups provide an opportunity for people to share experiences, feelings, coping strategies, and other issues that may arise from substance use disorders. Support groups can also be a good starting point for connecting to resources. There are many types of support groups to accommodate personal preferences. Support groups such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART), are all available throughout the state as well as online.
Peer Support Services
Peer Recovery Support Specialists are certified peer mentors that are available to support people in their recovery journey. These individuals know first-hand what it is like to live with opioid use disorder and the daily struggles and successes people may face. Peer Recovery Support Specialists can help individuals with coping skills, empowerment, understanding, relationship repair, and more. Maryland provides State certification for Peer Recovery Specialists.
The support of family can play an important role in the recovery journey of a loved one. However, often times the people who are closest to those with opioid use disorder need support as well. Friends and family are the ones who are viewing their loved ones change right before their eyes. Because of this, they can also benefit from therapy and support groups.
Recovery residences, living environments where residents are expected to remain alcohol and drug free, can play a crucial role in the recovery process. Maryland’s Behavioral Health Administration regularly updates their list of certified recovery residences in Maryland.
Recovery Community Centers
Recovery Community Centers (RCCs) are safe spaces for those recovering from substance use disorders who want to be surrounded by supportive activities and individuals. Individuals can receive a wide variety of services including but not limited to: RecoveryNet enrollment, 12-step programs, recovery coaching, computer access and mental health education. There are 20 Maryland Behavioral Health Administration-funded RCCs throughout the state.
Persons in recovery often need a multitude of services beyond those relating to their substance use disorder. In Maryland, coordination of services “designed to assist recipients in remaining engaged in their recovery while promoting independence, self-sufficiency, and stability” is provided by Maryland RecoveryNet.