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Addiction is a disease and yet our community is reticent to talk about substance use, along with the intense stigma families face in seeking treatment for themselves or a loved one.

Families in the Muslim community, especially heightened during the pandemic, are quietly and painfully living in the confusion and chaos caused by alcoholism or drug use in the family.

You are not alone.

Join Dr. Ariana Abid, an addiction specialist, talk about substance use and addiction, along with the intense stigma on families in the American Muslim community face in seeking treatment for themselves or a loved one at a drug or alcohol rehab facility, due to the public nature of an admission of a problem.

12 p.m. to 1 p.m. | Saturday, Sept. 11 | MCC Conference Room or join virtually at https://mcceastbay.org/live

Questions? events@mcceastbay.org

This short seminar will be a continuation of our previous session on the use of marijuana and post-pandemic restart of our confidential Substance Use Family Support groups. Learn more at https://mcceastbay.org/support-group


Other Suggested Resources

  • What Is Substance Abuse Treatment? A Booklet for Families
    Created for family members of people with alcohol abuse or drug abuse problems. Answers questions about substance abuse, its symptoms, different types of treatment, and recovery. Addresses concerns of children of parents with substance use/abuse problems.
  • Alcohol and Drug Addiction Happens in the Best of Families
    Describes how alcohol and drug addiction affect the whole family. Explains how substance abuse treatment works, how family interventions can be a first step to recovery, and how to help children in families affected by alcohol abuse and drug abuse.
  • It’s Not Your Fault (NACoA)
    Assures teens with parents who abuse alcohol or drugs that, “It’s not your fault!” and that they are not alone. Encourages teens to seek emotional support from other adults, school counselors, and youth support groups such as Alateen, and provides a resource list.
  • It Feels So Bad: It Doesn’t Have To
    Provides information about alcohol and drug addiction to children whose parents or friends’ parents might have substance abuse problems. Advises kids to take care of themselves by communicating about the problem and joining support groups such as Alateen.
  • After an Attempt: A Guide for Taking Care of Your Family Member After Treatment in the Emergency Department
    Aids family members in coping with the aftermath of a relative’s suicide attempt. Describes the emergency department treatment process, lists questions to ask about follow-up treatment, and describes how to reduce risk and ensure safety at home.
  • Family Therapy Can Help: For People in Recovery From Mental Illness or Addiction
    Explores the role of family therapy in recovery from mental illness or substance abuse. Explains how family therapy sessions are run and who conducts them, describes a typical session, and provides information on its effectiveness in recovery.