Under your nose, the addiction conversation continues

| October 23, 2016
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heroinSponsored by The Samaritan House and Ashley Addiction Treatment, this event invites parents of Anne Arundel County teens to St. Philips Episcopal Church, 730 Bestgate Road, Annapolis,  on Friday, November 4 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm to hear experts discuss teen use of alcohol and drugs. The speakers are Dr. J. Gregory Hobelmann and Michael J. Labellarte, MD and the event is aimed towards parents of ‘good’ kids living in ‘nice’ neighborhoods who are certain that their children are not involved in any illegal activities. 

Well-known author, Libby Cataldi, is on the panel. The discussions are moderated by Rob Timm from WRNR.

Dr. Hobelmann is a member of the Ashley Addiction Treatment’s medical staff; he holds a fellowship in pain medicine at Johns Hopkins and specializes in addiction. Dr. Labellarte, MD is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at the CPE Clinic in Annapolis. 

Following the speakers, there will be a panel discussion moderated by Rob Tim of WRNR. Panelists are: Pamela M. Brown, AACO Partnership for Children, Youth & Families; Libby Cataldi, Author of Stay Close: A Mother’s Story of Her Son’s Addiction; Michael Goldfaden, Executive Director of Samaritan House; Greg Hobelmann, Ashley Addictions Treatment; Michael J. Labellarte, M.D., CPE Clinic; and James Ryan LGPC, Youth Addictions Counselor and Case Manager, Ashley Addiction Treatment.

Says Samaritan House Executive Director, Mike Goldfaden, “We love our kids and truly want to believe they are not abusing alcohol or drugs. But the recent “Poverty Amidst Plenty” report published by the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County shows that nearly half of children, ages 12-20, living in affluent communities such as Crofton, Annapolis, Eastport, Cape St. Claire, and Severna Park, have used alcohol in the past 30 days. More than 20$% of these same children report using marijuana in the same period.” 

Ashley Addiction Treatment is an accredited non-profit with a 147 acre campus in northern Maryland. It was started in 1983 by Father Joseph C. Martin and Mae Abraham, both recovering alcoholics. Samaritan House is a residential facility helping men on their journey to an addiction-free life. This non-profit was started in 1971 and is located in a serene location in Annapolis. 

The event on November 4th will give parents tools to assess teens’ risk factors and information about options and treatments available if needed. The event is free and refreshments will be served but space is limited. Visit the website at  www.samaritanhouseannapolis.org and click on events for more information and to register. Email [email protected] or call 410-269-5605 for more information 

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