The Mission

-  EDUCATE THE PUBLIC that addiction is a public health problem that deserves compassion -  GUIDE SUBSTANCE USERS to medical treatment referral options and supportive care near them -  TRAIN THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY to recognize and treat persons with a substance use disorder -  PROVIDE NALOXONE to shelters, schools, first responders and opioid users and their families -  SUPPORT RECOVERING SUBSTANCE USERS with treatment, clothing, food, and work opportunities -  HELP FAMILIES to find professional care and support for themselves and their loved ones -  ESTABLISH A VOLUNTEER "HOTLINE" for 24 hour support and treatment referral

Creating a Path to Recovery

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Maxwell F. Baker died on December 28, 2016, at the age of twenty-three.  As an adolescent, he had battled the disease of  addiction, but through courage and profound determination, he had found sobriety during the last two years of his life.  Until the time of his death, Max was deeply in love, full of energy, recording new music, and building his future.  However, he was severely injured in a car accident shortly after Thanksgiving, and following surgery he relapsed in search of relief from his pain.  Max was in his third year of college when he died, and had recently changed his major to pre-med studies with the goal of becoming a physician specializing in addiction therapy.   This non-profit foundation was formed in Max's memory and is dedicated to fulfill Max's dream of helping people with substance use disorders in finding acceptance, guidance, and support as they seek recovery.  In the last days before his death, Max and his family discussed an article in the New England Journal of Medicine written by the Surgeon General titled "Ending the Opioid Epidemic - A Call to Action."  Max offered his thoughts about what vital actions can be taken right now:

About Maxwell F. Baker Foundation

When Max died, his family established the Maxwell F. Baker Foundation for Addiction Recovery, a non-profit entity with the goals of providing prevention through education and family support for people at risk, identifying effective treatment of opioid addiction, and advocacy for public policies that can build meaningful change. Even while Max was still addicted, he was open and honest with his father.  He knew he might die one day from his illness and said “That could happen, Dad.  If it does, you have to go on – you need to take care of the other kids and take care of your patients.  You need to keep going and care for others.” Donations from caring citizens help support development of treatment options, and Max’s family members continue to work with individuals seeking help, families troubled with addiction in a loved one, and coalitions determined to help find answers.  Max’s father provides education at schools, community events, and conferences both locally and across the country.  He and other family members continue to work with legislators at the state and national level to share what they’ve learned from Max’s journey through addiction, recovery, and his death following a relapse after surgery.  The Foundation’s mission is to save lives and keep families together.

What can you do to help?

If you have a loved one with addiction or opioid use disorder (heroin, fentanyl, prescription opioids:   Always have narcan immediately available and know how to use it.   (available in most states over the counter, or by prescription in other states).  This can be immediately life saving but must be administered very quickly (nasal spray similar to afrin – one spray can save a life!) Ask your loved one to never use drugs alone – until they can find treatment and recovery, they need to have narcan available and someone willing to give it immediately if there is an overdose.  Seconds count!   Know how to get into the bathroom or bedroom immediately if you think an overdose has happened – sound of a fall, sudden silence – unlock the door if you can, break it down with a large hammer if you have to – within minutes, it will be too late if you can’t get in! Search for effective medical help for addiction in your area – medication assisted therapy (such as suboxine) is by far the most effective treatment, and you need to find a prescriber or facility that can help Be ready 24 hours a day to transport your son or daughter to a facility when they are ready to seek help – it may happen at 3:00 in the morning or on Christmas eve – and when they are ready to seek help, support them and take them for care immediately Reach out to your state or local leaders and share personal stories of addiction in the family and ask for support – civic leaders listen to and respect personal stories Write to your newspaper and support change that helps patients find recovery Contact your leaders in congress (they all have email contacts, and visit their home districts) – share your story and they will listen, they have the power to make change Ask your doctor!  “can you help me?  I want to stop using drugs.”  “can you help my child?  I am afraid he will die from an overdose.”  the answer should be “yes!”  if your doctor can’t or won’t help, ask for a referral to someone who will – and consider asking your doctor “please learn how to treat addiction – this is the number one threat to Americans under age 50, and we need your help!”

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