Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment

Substance Abuse Prevention

The Prevention Program serves as a hub, providing the infrastructure to link, coordinate and build community-wide prevention programming--behavioral health is the main focus. The primary goal is to become more effective in reducing risk factors and behaviors, such as abuse of alcohol and other drugs including over-the-counter and prescription drug misuse.

The role of the Prevention Program is to direct a proactive and community-based approach to substance abuse and its associated problems.

Program Offerings:

• Services: Training, Workshops, Technical Assistance, Presentations to Community Groups;
• Resources: Pamphlets, Handouts, Audio/Visual materials, Calendar of Events, Self-help Materials
• Special Events/Community Mobilization

Programs Currently Available:

Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol (CMCA): a community organizing program designed to reduce teens (13 to 20 years) access to alcohol by changing community policies and practices. CMCA employs a range of social organizing techniques to address legal, institutional, social, and health issues in order to reduce youth alcohol use by eliminating illegal alcohol sales to youth by retailers and obstructing the provision of alcohol to youth by adults. (Brochure)

Second Step Pre-K: a universal prevention program that proactively teaches critical social and emotional skills to children. The curriculum goals are focused on reducing aggressive and disruptive behavior while promoting social-emotional competence. The second step Pre-K curriculum is delivered at the four Head Start facilities in St. Mary’s County.

Staying Connected With Your Teen: (SCT) a series of five two-hour workshops that enables parents of teens (12-17 years of age) to increase the chances their children will grow up healthy and avoid the risks for drug abuse, violence and other problems. (Program)

Guiding Good Choices (GGC): a five-session program that teaches parents of children ages 9-14 (generally grades 4-8) how to reduce the risk that their children will develop drug problems e.g. alcohol, tobacco, inhalants and all legal and illegal drugs. (Brochure)

Opioid Overdose Prevention Workgroup and SMART Medicine Campaign: The local Overdose Prevention Workgroup was developed in January 2013 and is tasked with developing and implementing a local plan to reduce fatal and non-fatal opioid related overdoses. The workgroup is comprised of representatives from the Department of Aging and Human Services; St. Mary’s County Health Department; Medstar St. Mary’s Hospital; Walden Sierra; St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office; St. Mary’s County Detention Center; and local pharmacies including St. John’s Pharmacy. Local strategies include outreach to identified high risk populations, education and awareness to the general public and clinical communities, and a local media campaign.

SMART Medicine is the local media campaign, designed through the workgroup to generate awareness on the rising issue of opioid misuse, abuse, and overdose, as well as to provide information and resources on the safe management of prescription medications. By committing to a few simple practices we can go a long way in taking steps toward reducing opioid related misuse, abuse and overdoses and better ensuring that prescription medications, when taken only as prescribed, are able to “Help, and not Harm.”

Looking for a speaker? Here are workshops we offer upon request:

• Don’t Drain your Brain: How Alcohol Damages Your Brain
• Brain Scans: Alcohol and the Teenage Brain
• Underage Drinking: Know the Facts, Know the Risks
• Dying High: Teens in the ER
• Teen Truth: An Inside Look at Drug and Alcohol Abuse
• Binge Drinking: The Facts
• No Safe Amount: Women, Alcohol and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
• The Top Ten Myths About Alcohol and Drugs
• Athletes, Alcohol and Steroids: What’s Wrong with this Picture?
• Everything you need to know about Substance Abuse in 22 minutes
• Addiction and the Human Brain
• What’s Wrong With Marijuana?
• The Myths of Marijuana Debunked
• Cocaine and Heroin: Still Here, Still Deadly
• Ecstasy: The Facts
• Club Drugs: The Real Deal
• Uppers and Downers: The Facts about Stimulants and Depression
• “Legal” But Deadly:
• Abusing Prescription Drugs

For more information contact:

Maryellen Kraese, Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention Coordinator
301-475-4200, ext. *1681

Rebekah Vos, Substance Abuse Treatment Specialist
301-475-4200, ext. *1851

Gary Willis, Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist
301-475-4200, ext. *1690

Substance Abuse Treatment

Coordinating treatment and recovery services to residents of St. Mary’s County including outpatient to residential services for adolescents, adults and families.

Program Offerings:

Substance abuse treatment and recovery services for adolescents, adults and families through Walden Sierra. Appointment Line, 301-997-1300, ext. 850

Residential substance abuse treatment services offered through:

Walden Sierra
30007 Business Center Dr.
Charlotte Hall, MD