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Family Support Classes | Addiction Specialist Dr. Carmen Gomez

June 10 @ 6:00 pm 7:00 pm

In providing hope & help for Muslim families around the country with a loved one struggling with an addiction, MCC & Madina House co-hosts a weekly family-and-friends virtual meeting for Muslims fighting an addiction (of any kind).

Starts Monday, June 10 | 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. | 12-week session | Virtual only | Register at mcceastbay.org/support-classes

Co-hosted with MadinaHouse.

The goals of the family support group include:

  • Helping members understand the behaviors associated with substance use.
  • Providing members with strategies that can help their loved ones want to change and start to change.
  • Assisting members to practice the skills needed to sustain themselves on this journey.
  • Creating a space of compassion and kindness where family members can share their feelings and experiences with others who understand.

About Dr. Carmen

Dr. Carmen is a chaplain and group facilitator trained in the Invitation to Change approach, a holistic helping framework based on science and kindness designed for the families and loved ones of people struggling with substance use. She completed doctoral and postdoctoral studies and research in the areas of family caregiving and public health. She has extensive experience and training in the fields of special education, community health and program evaluation, and family support. She is a member of the Clinton Foundation’s Overdose Response Network Empowering Faith Leaders program to address addiction in faith communities. In addition to her involvement with MCC East Bay, she is a community member of the Lighthouse Mosque in Oakland and the Ta’leef Collective in Fremont.


The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) and the Stanford Muslim Mental Health and Islamic Psychology Lab (SMMHIPL) are conducting a national study on substance abuse and addiction in American Muslim communities. The study is looking to recruit:

✴️ Muslims aged 18+ years-old who have struggled with substance abuse 

✴️ Muslims who have family members aged 18+ years-old that have struggled with substance abuse

This compensated study uses interviews and focus groups to understand Muslims’ experiences in dealing with addiction, including the types of support and resources they used or wished existed. The goal is to understand these experiences so that appropriate treatment options and resources can be developed in the future for Muslims who struggle with addiction. All information shared in this study is completely confidential. 

If you’re interested in participating, please complete the form at: http://tinyurl.com/muslimaddictionstudy and a member of the research team will be in touch with you.

For any questions, please email Taimur Kouser at tkouser@stanford.edu

(925) 485-1786

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