Mountain Hiking and a Good Massage, Perfect Tool for Preventing Substance Use

Dealing with substance use is not easy. It takes a lot of willpower, an organized mind, and a clear purpose. In order to get rid of your addiction and start an entirely new life that’s based on healthy habits and beautiful experiences, you have to keep your mind away from triggers. This article wants to emphasize the benefits of engaging in pleasurable activities that can help you stay away from the substances you are addicted to Even though it might seem an impossible goal to achieve, you’d be amazed at how real and fulfilled you are going to feel once you try such activities. First of all, decide that you want the change and be open-minded. Without going through this step, you will never overcome your substance use addiction. Here is what we recommend:

Mountain hiking

Mountain hiking has a wide range of benefits for all people. When you struggle with substance abuse, it’s best to stay away from any triggers that might make you want to get back to your previous state compulsively. Hiking gives you a chance to reconnect with nature, to see how many beauties this world offers you Getting away from concrete and asphalt, from the noise and crowded streets to join nature should help you gain some insight. People who are often spending time in nature and to be happier, more relaxed and in a constant state of well-being. After the stressful battle with substance abuse, hiking is the best way to bring yourself peace. Combining therapy with regular mountain hiking is the solution to cure depression, substance abuse, and an unhealthy mindset.

Other benefits of mountain hiking:
It involves a lot of physical movement, which means that you will get fit in a short time if you engage in this type of activity. You’ll burn calories and break a sweat, which will keep you healthier in the long run.

It is proven through numerous studies that hiking is an activity that helps the body heal from all sorts of diseases and affections. People who previously suffered from cancer seem to heal faster by breathing mountain air at long distance from hiking trips. Hiking helps with cardiovascular diseases too. The mountain air’s properties help with cleansing the body.

Massages

Longer sessions of therapeutic massage can help people get rid of substance addictions and depression. It is proven that massage on a daily basis can combat the unpleasant effects of anxiety, stress, and pain. Massage sessions are popular for increasing the levels of serotonin in the body, which can be useful in fighting pain or mental issues. This self-nurturing activity is strongly recommended for people who face substance use, as it helps to alleviate symptoms that you may encounter at the moment. Managing side effects of substance abuse is a difficult part of the journey, so any method that may help should be welcomed. Choosing a licensed massage practitioner and attending therapeutic massage sessions is a surefire way to get over this tensioned moment in your life.

 

Paying more attention to your mental well-being and focusing on productive ways to spend your precious time other than consuming substances.

Toilets for organization and charity works

Toilets satisfy the basic human need of elimination. They are a necessity in every business, public space or home and as such are of extreme importance. Baths differ in designs, a method of disposing of waste, water usage, and technology. These differences are especially apparent when comparing those toilets used by organizations with those used in charity works. Showers for organization and charity works vary by far in their designs, water usage, and environmental considerations.

Toilets for organizations are of the highest quality and tend to be the best designs. This is because it is essential for organizations to cater to both customers and staff with their bathroom facilities. Toilets range from the usual flush designs to showers that built-inbuilt in sensors. These toilets are built for ease and convenience and those toilet that includes built in sensors are the most convenient and expensive to install. Some facilities even have customized designs with extra amenities such as hand driers. The kind of toilets installed only depend on the amount of money the organization has to spend. Most organizations are willing to invest in sanitation to make a good impression on staff and customers, furthermore than they are required to provide these facilities. Toilets for organizations are large, comfortable and have an adequate supply of water for cleansing. They usually utilize the best sanitation practices and technology available for the comfort of its user.

Toilets for charity works are usually of the most basic quality providing the basic amenities. They are constructed with minimum resources and do not necessarily follow strict sanitation practices. They can be in the form of a pit with no ability to flush, or they may be disposable containers. Either way, these toilets still do no provide the best protection for its users. The pit latrine is the most basic form of improved sanitation and is the first kind of toilet to be set up if there is no toilet facility in an area. It’s a hole dug in the ground made with a lid to cover it and an area to sit for use. It is normally set up as a stand-alone structure away from the main structures of the area. The facilities normally attract flies due to its foul odor. Most toilets for charitable work like the pit latrine structure, do not even have water for washing hands inside the facility. These pose an increased risk of transferring diseases. The implementers of these toilets try to make special considerations for the environment in these minimal facilities as they do pose an increased risk of contaminating the environment.

Toilets are a basic necessity worldwide. They provide improved sanitation to prevent the spread of diseases and protect the environment from open contamination. The kinds of toilets used in different institutions however differ According to budget. The toilets used for organization works and charity works clearly pose significant differences that reflect differences in social status, access to finance and access to proper sanitation. To fill this gap will be difficult but it is a necessary step towards improving sanitation practices for all to prevent widespread diseases.

Fighting Drug Abuse Through Foosball Game

Have you ever played foosball? If you did, you know how awesome it is. But if you didn’t ́t, you need to hear about it. Foosball is an excellent way to get tons of fun and entertainment. It even becomes a sport for seriously skilled. The game has a table, eight sticks on each side, players and ball. By pushing and pulling sticks, you need to achieve a goal. Learning how to play is available on many sites, but you can always find someone around to show you likewise. Once you see rules, for a not so long time you can become a pro.

It ́s a great way to hang out with your friends, family, kid, colleagues because it?s a multiplayer game. Even though, you can use all 8 rods on your own. One more interesting fact is that you can play it online. Keeping your body and mind entertained it can become your favorite hobby. But, the best thing about foosball is that it can have serious health benefits.

To whom it can be helpful? How does it help?

The game is perfect for relaxation but also keeps your body moving. It ́s about improving your joint health. Furthermore, believe it or not, it can help drug addicts for fighting abusement. There are many ways to explain it. According to the cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), the key is the redirection, distraction, and visualization. Foosball is redirecting thoughts to the game and distracts from bad ones. There is always a visualization way to think about a strategy to win. The mindfulness-based program is the leading strategy to fight drugs nowadays. This program is more successful than the other ones used. This technique includes exercises, and some of those fit in a foosball game, directing attention to the right way. If you know a thought pattern, you can always fight them. Other players can be a great support. They can keep you from thinking about bad memories. They can advise you because it ́s known that behavioral therapies – individual, family or group – are the most used forms of drug abuse treatment. By playing the game with your friends or beloved ones, a patient has monitoring. Why is that important? It can be an early indication of abstinence. That?s how prevention is always available. Mental focus on the game is the key. The balls are moving miles per hour, which is keeping attention to the ball. Together with medical help, it can be useful. Psychological ways of treatment are as important as physiological. This mental exercise also is available for one player too. So, the mind can occupy the game as long as it ́s fun.

Where to buy the table? And why?

If you want to advise someone or to buy it as a present, this is a right choice. Stores, Internet, and custom made tables are available and affordable. When a hobby can help in such a severe condition, you should never hesitate a second! Give someone an opportunity for recovery by providing a qualitative time and advise. Fight for life!

Programs – The Ark

Program Overview

The Ark is the only preschool program of its kind in Baltimore. We can serve a maximum of 20 children at a time. Our children are from families who are homeless or in early recovery from addiction.

The Ark is open year-round, from 8:30 am until 2:45 pm each weekday. During that time, we provide a short-term pre-school program that promotes children’s development in all areas, emphasizing language and social skills. Through our collaboration with Baltimore City Child Care Resource Center, we provide Head Start Service to our children and families.

Children receive:

  • individual care and attention
  • early childhood education designed to promote their development
  • nutritionally balanced meals and snacks

a safe and calm place where they can play and socialize

Parents become partners with program staff in meeting the needs of their children and families.
Our goal is to support children’s continuing development and to transition children to permanent programs in the community as their family situations stabilize. Children are referred to The Ark from a number of family shelter programs, including the YWCA, the Salvation Army, Karis House, and Christ Lutheran Church. Some families are referred by treatment programs; others hear about us from parents who have used our services.

Program Services

All children must have had a recent physical before enrolling at The Ark. Thanks to our partnership with the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, free physicals can be provided, on-site, for children who need them.

Each child is screened with the Brigance Preschool Screen within the first two weeks of enrollment. If developmental delays are detected, we refer children for evaluations and necessary services through Head Start.

Children are served a nutritious breakfast, lunch and a snack each day. Dental care is also part of our routine, including a regular tooth-brushing time.

We deliberately limit the number of children we serve to keep a favorable staff-to-student ratio – allowing us to provide intensive, individual attention to each child.

We do provide transportation to and from The Ark for children who are living in shelters.

During a typical day, students will enjoy:

Circle time
We lead the children in chanting nursery rhymes, singing songs, or repeating words and rhymes. All these activities are designed to strengthen their language skills. We may also play games in which students identify objects, or lead exercises with such themes as days of the week, months of the year, and weather.

Center time

We use the Creative Curriculum to support our children’s development and to monitor their progress. www.creativecurriculum.net

Computer time

The Ark owns two computers loaded with learning games. They are available to the children on a daily basis during center time.

Arts and crafts

Art materials are available to the children in the classroom to use in their own creative way. The teaching team also initiates special art projects related to classroom themes.

Outdoor play

When weather permits, the children play outside in our play yard or take walks in the community.

Field trips

We also try to broaden the students’ world by taking them to places like:

Patterson Park
Port Discovery
Fort McHenry
Druid Hill Park

Monthly Parent Meeting
Once a month, parents are invited to attend a meeting to focus on topics of interest to parents of young children such as language development, supporting their children’s creativity, discipline, or dealing with stress. Refreshments are provided and parents have an opportunity to socialize.

Location and Hours
Center Hours
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Program Hours
8:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Center Location
1200 E. Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Map Of Location

Further Information Contacts
Nancy E. Newman
LCSW-C, Director
1200 E. Fayette St., Baltimore, MD 21202
410.522.1026 (phone)
410.558.0344 (fax)
nnewman@ecsm.org
Yolanda Miller
Parent Involvement Specialist
410.522.1026

Danesha Monroe
Family Services Coordinator
BCCCRC Head Start Program
410.685.5150 x258

Links
Please contact dobrien@ecsm.org if would like to add your organizations link to this section.
Baltimore City Child Care Resource Center (BCCCRC) http://www.mdchildcare.org/Bx/

2007 Directory of Md Emergency Shelters and Transitional Housing Programs (.pdf file)
http://www.dhr.state.md.us/transit/pdf/homelist.pdf

Baltimore City Department of Social Services
http://www.dhr.state.md.us/baltocity.htm

Baltimore City Public Schools
http://www.bcps.k12.md.us/

Homeless! in Baltimore, MD
Local discussion group about homelessness
http://groups.msn.com/HOMELESSinbaltimoremd/_homepage.msnw?pgmarket=en-us

Our Story

ECSM was founded to support the disconnected and under-served of Baltimore City.

History

Episcopal Community Services of Maryland (ECSM) was founded in 1927 to provide adoption services for unwed mothers. Over the life of the organization, the needs of the disadvantaged have been acknowledged, changing the scope of the organizations’ focus to working with the homeless, individuals in drug and alcohol recovery, and those dealing with domestic violence issues. Today, ECSM continues to focus on the needs of these populations through education and family support. ECSM accomplishes this work through its programs: The Ark Preschool, The Club at Collington Square Afterschool Program, and the Community Kitchen. ECSM’s goal is to provide education and support to help families and individuals overcome adversity and the injustice of poverty.

Mission and Vision

Mission: Guided by our faith and commitment to social justice, and in collaboration with others, Episcopal Community Services of Maryland strives to address the injustice of severe poverty, which is embedded in communities and disempowers individuals. ECSM provides education and support systems as well as advocates for families and individuals seeking help in overcoming adversity.

Vision: Clients and the community at large recognize ECSM as a model organization that highly values its employees, volunteers, Board members, and donors.

Core Values

Compassion: We should work for justice for the people we serve and with whom we work, remembering we all have something to teach and learn from one another.

Integrity: ECSM employees strive to be ethical in their professional conduct, recognizing both the strengths and weaknesses of our collective work.

Open Communication: Open communication develops from the work of seeking clarification. ECSM employees strive to understand one another and seek clarification at all levels of the organization.

Responsibility: Accountability for your job requires responsibly reporting progress to others who rely on your completed work.

Respect: ECSM employees strive to put respect first when we’re at work, remembering that our services are a lifeline for those who seek expertise and faith.

Advocacy: ECSM employees recognize the importance of giving voice to the people we serve to make change at an institutional level thereby breaking down barriers to their leading more meaningful lives. We advocate in the areas of affordable housing, education, universal access to healthcare, reintegration services (both pre- and post-release from prison), public transportation, and workforce development.

Teamwork: The spirit of ECSM requires that employees be committed to the work of the mission. ECSM employees often help out on various projects outside of their own programs and/or formal job descriptions. We embrace a “pitch-in-and-get-it-done” attitude.

The Club at Collington Square – Strong City Baltimore

The Club is an after-school and summer program serving youth in kindergarten through 5th grade living in and near the Collington Square neighborhood of East Baltimore. The Club is open Monday through Friday from 3:30pm – 6:30pm and works with 73 children a year providing academics, physical education, STEM education, and community arts programming. The Club also houses an emergency food and clothing bank to help families through crisis situations.

Through homework support and project-based learning opportunities, The Club staff reinforces school learning through interactive hands-on after-school activities. Club staff works with school teachers to keep track of each student’s academic progress and needs throughout the school year. This allows Club teachers to understand the gaps in student learning and create lessons and activities that address those concepts. This partnership is critical to student achievement and increased knowledge base of day-school concepts. In addition to focusing on reading and math, students at The Club also have the opportunity to participate in STEM, community arts and physical fitness and nutrition activities, and civic engagement activities. These types of activities not only engage the child’s creative mind but also increase their understanding of word use, phonics, and grammar.

While at The Club students receive

  • Academic support to support day-school education
  • Enrichment opportunities including STEM, physical education, visual and performing arts
  • Individualized and group attention to increase self-esteem and team building
  • A safe, secure environment in which to learn and grow
    Program Services

Students must live in or near the Collington Square neighborhood of East Baltimore to attend The Club. Students are monitored throughout enrollment to guide staff in working with students individually and in groups to reach grade level development. Documented developmental gains are consistently evident for all students who are enrolled in The Club through academic testing conducted throughout the program. In addition to academic and enrichment opportunities, students at The Club receive:

  • A nutritious dinner and snack provided by The Community Kitchen
  • Interaction and homework help from volunteers in the community, local colleges, and universities

In addition to after-school and summer programming, The Club is a resource to the community and to the families of its students. Parents are encouraged to volunteer at the program, and participate in teacher meetings, and read at home with their children.

The Club at Collington Square

The most precarious hours of the day for youth are between 3pm and 6pm, after regular school programs have let out and parents have not yet returned home from work. It is during these hours that The Club at Collington Square offers a safe haven for youth.

The Club is an academic-enrichment and community arts out-of-school time program serving youth in kindergarten through 4th grade at Collington Square Elementary Middle School. The Club provides 60 children per year with academics, physical education, STEM education, and community arts programming. The Club also houses an emergency food and clothing bank to help families through crisis situations.

The Club’s programming is based on the theory of positive youth development that indicates that engaging young people in positive activities decreases their likelihood of truancy and involvement in criminal/at-risk behaviors.

Club staff also encourages students in the use of peaceful conflict resolution through positive behavior incentives, Club community service, mentoring, reflection time, parent conferences, and personal accountability for one’s actions. These practices build positive relationships among students, volunteers, staff, family, and the larger community.

The students served by The Club have been identified as being in need of additional resources to afford them the opportunity to be more successful in their educational and social development. Each day, youth are given homework assistance with the help and support of staff and volunteers. Reading and math objectives are discussed between Club staff and school faculty, and reviews of student progress are shared. STEM instruction provides real-world applications for complex math and science concepts through hands-on projects and experiments. In addition to academics, The Club offers community arts programming through a partnership with the Maryland Institute College of Art. Students engage in visual arts projects that inspire creative exploration and examination of cultural awareness of the issues and concerns that face the community around them. Art is viewed as a vehicle to propose resolutions to these issues.

The Club also seeks to provide students with increased knowledge and awareness regarding healthy foods, nutrition, and physical activity. Students receive a healthy snack and supper while in the program. Students also learn how to prepare inexpensive, healthy snacks and meals.

Each child at The Club has a plan for safe travel home, provided by the student’s family. The Club communicates directly with the school to address school attendance, behavioral, and academic concerns. Additionally, they notify the school and families if a student is absent for more than two consecutive days.

‘Strength’ painting by Dontae.

Jericho Reentry Program

Jericho is a workforce development program which assists male ex-offenders who are returning to the community and are motivated to participate in job training and placement. Jericho is currently developing ways to expand their potential client base by providing offerings to specific neighborhoods which have high levels of need. The program serves around 400 men per year and has a successful employment rate ranging from 58% to 69%. We educate potential employers about the benefits of working with ex-offenders, such as tax credits and Federal bonding and the support of our case management staff.

Our approach is known as “rapid-attachment-to-work,” meaning that program participants are normally eligible for entry into the workforce after successfully completing all aspects of a two-week training program at Jericho. Successful reentry and the reduction of recidivism depend on many factors in the life of an ex-offender. Jericho guides the reentering man in addressing these various barriers and the formulation of plans to overcome them. We provide case management, mentoring and support to the men as well as access to those resources necessary to achieve successful re-integration back into their families and their communities.

Jericho is able to report a 10-18% recidivism rate among our participants compared to a 47.8% recidivism rate among the general ex-offender population in Maryland.

The current Jericho program is an outgrowth of ECSM’s earlier Cathedral Reentry program for re-integrating alcoholics and substance abusers in recovery back into their communities. Today, Jericho serves primarily non-violent male ex-offenders who are motivated to participate in job training and placement. (A certain portion of the population may have violent offenses, and others can have a violent conviction in their background but said offense cannot be the most recent one.) The Jericho program was established through a multi-year grant from the U.S. Department of Labor Prison Reentry Initiative.

Deconstruction Manual

This manual, funded by a grant to ECSM from the United States Department of Labor ETA, was a collaboration with Baltimore’s Safe and Sound Campaign and based on a previous publication from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. It is a training manual intended for deconstruction crews. Dennis Livingston, Community Resources; and Lowell Larseon, Greater Greenmount Community Association; worked with local contributors to research, update, and write this adaptation. This document is free for download and use. This manual is Copyright 2011, Episcopal Community Services of Maryland (ECSM), and cannot be changed or modified without express permission of ECSM.