Baltimore, MD - Sept. 10, 2020 - As a general rule, people thrive off routine. When things go according to plan, we feel safe, secure, and capable. We are able to work towards, and accomplish our goals. We are able to make plans. However, the last few months have been anything but routine. COVID-19 has created shockwaves of uncertainty that continue to ripple through our communities. The overall uncertainty affects every part of our lives, including what was once taken for granted. This is especially true for people in recovery for a Substance Use Disorder (SUD). Forming connections and finding a place in a supportive community are essential pieces of the treatment and recovery process. The new social distancing requirements add an extra barrier to forming these connections. This is just one example of how navigating recovery for SUD has changed during COVID-19. Lockdown - each family unit isolated in their own home without their routine comforts - also created many unique challenges.

The stress, uncertainty and isolation of the Coronavirus pandemic has created unique risks and challenges for people who have a Substance Use Disorder. On September 15 at 7:00 pm, Addiction During Restriction: Families Navigating Recovery in the Time of COVID-19 will provide an opportunity for community members to hear individuals with substance use disorders, family members, and professionals share their recent experiences, the lessons they’ve learned, and resources available during COVID-19.  

The program will be led by Jewish Community Services professionals, Howard Reznick, MSW, LCSW-C, Senior Manager of Prevention Education, and Naami Resnick M.S., LGPC, NCC, Family Navigator. This free program is available via Zoom. To receive the Zoom link, register at .

Live captioning may be available with 48-hour notice through Maryland Relay Service.

The program is being sponsored as part of National Recovery Month by Jewish Community Services, Beth El Congregation, Sol Levinson and Bros., Inc., Maryland Faith Health Network, Chayeinu, The Larry A. Samet Fund, The Marilyn and David Carp Philanthropic Fund, and The Jill Fox Memorial Fund.  

Every September, SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental health and substance use disorders, reminding us that treatment is effective, and that people can and do recover. It also serves to reduce the stigma and misconceptions that may discourage others from seeking help.