Family Peer Support Specialist in Cecil & Harford County, MD

Substance Use & the Family

About Us

Who are we?

We are a family advocacy group that will provide support, education and resources to help strengthen the family unit when a loved one is suffering with a substance use disorder.  Our  holistic approach promotes recovery for all family members involved on this journey.

What do we offer?

Substance Use is an illness that affects the whole family.   Let's Get Real offers workshops, speaking engagements, and small group or individual coaching.  We will help you to Recognize the severity of your loved one's problem, Educate yourself on the topics that surround addiction, Accept the ways substance use is affecting your family and healthy ways to support and Love your loved one,  You will learn how to maintain a circle of strength within your family.

What do we believe?

Everyone in the family suffers when a loved one has a substance use disorder. · Receiving support from others who share a mutual understanding is essential.


Siblings Need a Bill of Rights, too!

The Sober World

Access this informative award winning national magazine that is designed to help parents and families who have loved ones struggling with addiction.

March Issue

Siblings Need a Bill of Rights, too!

Siblings are forgotten when parents have a child with a substance use illness. Read my article to learn how you can help the healthy children in your family survive their sibling's choices. 

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"Shift the Focus" Cecil Whig Bi-Weekly Column

Hope for the Holidays

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S.O.S. Recovery Comes in Stages for the Family

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S.O.S. Recovery Comes in Stages for the Family Part II

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Avoid Singing the Same Sad Songs

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Another glamorous gateway drug – steroids

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S.O.S. — Resources for survival

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Archived Cecil Whig Columns

Cecil Whig Archived Articles (pdf)


Prevention Presentation: Parents and Teens - Beer Goggles included!

Mother and an Addict

My son, Gannon, and I shared our story of heartache and struggles.  He is now in long-term recovery.  We offer strength and hope to those families in the audience who may be living with a loved one with a substance use illness.  Recovery is possible!  Gannon is living proof! Interview

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      Recovery Resources 


The Hard Truth of Addiction

Emory United Methodist Church hosted a community outreach program to bring awareness to Substance Use Disorder.  This is a family disease and many families were present for this presentation.  My portion, a parent with a child in long-term recovery, starts at approx. 48 min. into the program.  I am very proud of my son, Gannon, and the hard work that he has done to lead a sober, fulfilling life.


Services Available

Family/Individual Family Peer Support   

  Includes a

continuum of care for the family 

through face-to-face visits, phone, text and e-mail support

Family Workshops

Prevention Workshops for Parents and Teens

Key Note Speaking

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Contact Us

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Let's Get Real, LLC

North East, Maryland, United States

(443) 350-0909

Support Our Programs

Your support and generous contributions will enable us to provide support and education for families living with substance use illness.  Our goal is to help families feel whole again!

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