Since its inception, Maryland Addiction Recovery Center has strived to be a community-driven treatment facility, a treatment center that listens and responds to the needs of the local communities within Maryland and that attempts to serve the local community not only through treatment services but also through free community services, partnerships and collaboration.
It was through this lens and a proud love and respect for our community that the Maryland Healing Network was born. Inspired by a collaborative dinner hosted by Maryland Addiction Recovery Center, Welynn Outpatient Center of Raleigh, North Carolina and Futures of the Palm Beaches that took place last summer in North Carolina while in town to support the Recovery Awareness Day taking place in Charlotte, North Carolina, MARC cofounder and Director of Business Development Zach Snitzer and MARC Community Relations Specialist Mallorie Schwartzman discussed how impressive the collaboration was between the local therapists, clinicians and treatment providers they had met. The attendees stressed the importance of meeting one another and learning about the local resources that existed. Often many had worked with one another without ever having met in person or in other instances were unaware of the vast resources that existed that could aid them in working with clients and patients. They spoke with one another about their practices, their specialties, their expertise, the challenges they faced, what challenges they saw that their clients faced and the need they had to find regular guidance, support and self-care.
It was through this experience that MARC felt such a platform could be extremely beneficial to the local communities within Maryland and the greater Maryland-Washington DC-Virginia region. The thought process was to bring local providers in specific communities within Maryland together to have them meet, learn about one another and discuss what new or expanded services they felt their local community needed, all grounded in the ideals of patient care, collaboration and transparency.
Over the course of the last several months, Maryland Addiction Recovery Center’s Community Relations Specialist Mallorie Schwartzman have collaborated and developed the Maryland Healing Network, a network of local therapists, treatment professionals, service providers, holistic healers, attorneys and other professionals that meet in the local Maryland areas of Towson, Annapolis and Columbia. Reaching out and partnering with therapist groups, individual therapists and addiction treatment professionals that co-host in each area, the meetings have become a place where those in the mental health and addiction treatment field and those providers whose work impacts and are impacts by the clients they see come together to discuss what more can be done, how to provide best-in-class practices, how to better and more effectively collaborate, how to find and best support self-care. Each group has organically taken a direction inspired by those professionals in the local area and what they feel they and their local areas need the most. They laugh, they inspire, they grow, they discuss issues, they share information on their services, upcoming events, trainings and best practices.