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Steven J. Gaba
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Maryland family law matters can be caused by addictions

Many Maryland men who are recovering alcoholics are currently being treated at the Samaritan House, a treatment center in Anne Arundel County that helps individuals caught up in substance abuse. Alcoholics and drug addicts desperately needed help with their addictions, and they are working to fight the stereotype that alcoholics and drug addicts are lazy or unproductive. Surprising statistics have recently shown that heroin overdose fatalities in Maryland grew by 41 percent in 2012 when compared to 2011. However, as many in Maryland have experienced, addiction can also cause the painful loss of a marriage and often can result in family law matters such as the loss of custody of children.

One such person is a man who currently lives at the Samaritan House and recently shared his story with others. After going through a difficult divorce, this man started consuming half a gallon of whiskey each day. He realized at one point that he was going to die if he didn't quit drinking alcohol. Thinking of his two teenage children, and the love and concern he felt for them, he decided that he urgently needed help.

Fortunately, a court representative intervened in the man's life and told him of his options. He started off at Johns Hopkins for detoxification, and then later went to The Hope House in Crownsville, Maryland. Finally, the man began to rebuild his life at the Samaritan House, which helps men recovering from addiction to learn life-skills and receive counseling while they put their lives back together.

Alcoholics can be productive, hard-working people with some counseling and a little encouragement. Quite often, before the healing process is complete, some men or women lose custody of their children in bitter custody disputes. Others may struggle with other family law matters such as divorce or a loss of property. Many of the residents of Samaritan House might benefit from legal representation as they rebuild their lives. It would be helpful to have a person familiar with family law matters to counsel them on how to see their children as much as possible and regain some of what they have lost through the ravages of addiction.

Source: TheCapitalGazette.com, "Local treatment facilities see increased demand with alcohol, prescription drug abuse - CapitalGazette.com: Health," Tina Reed, Dec. 22, 2012

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