Recovery residences

Recovery residences offering a safe and sober environment with accountability for over six months increase long-term recovery for those suffering from substance abuse issues. The pictured recovery residence for men was opened in Cambridge last March by Sara and Mike Rissolo.

EASTON — For those struggling with substance abuse, there are local treatment options available.

Addiction often presents itself with issues related to housing, employment, legal and family matters.

Mid-Shore Fresh Start, Men’s Recovery Housing, is a nonprofit housing program for people recovering from substance abuse addiction. The organization’s goal is to provide a stable housing environment in the Mid-Shore area with aggressive case management to help residents in achieving sobriety, independence and self-sufficiency with enhanced possibilities for future success, according to the nonprofit’s webpage.

The Fresh Start Program provides the Mid-Shore area with a transitional supportive housing program for people who have completed a drug and/or alcohol treatment program. This nonprofit is at 600 Dover Road, Easton.

Humble House Recovery in Easton understands the road to recovery can be a rocky one. Residents at Humble House have 24-hour support from the staff and each other.

“We operate in a family-like unit and like any family there is dysfunction but a bond and purpose that overcomes all else,” according to the organization’s webpage.

Humble House Recovery starts the process with an intervention and follows through to a stable recovery. The attainment of greater humility, and breaching the walls of ego, is a founding principle upon which the organization preaches in helping clients work toward sobriety.

The Gratitude House in Easton is Maryland State Association of Recovery Residences certified, and is run by Mike and Sara Rissolo and a house manager, under the umbrella of Realslow Recovery LLC, a nonprofit the Rissolos founded.

Sara Rissolo will graduate this fall with a doctorate in nursing practice from Wilmington University. The focus of her thesis project is on recovery housing and examining ways to influence behavior proven to provide long-term recovery.

At 214 Davis Ave., the home is intended for those who wish to live drug-free, following completion of residential treatment or detox. In June 2018, the Rissolos opened a women’s recovery house on North Washington Street in Easton. Another recovery house was opened in Cambridge last March. The homes were filled almost immediately.

“Addiction is a chronic illness,” Sara Rissolo said. “So often, people are treated like it’s an acute illness with short-term stay in a treatment center ... Addiction isn’t cured in that amount of time.”

Rissolo said recovery houses that offer recovering individuals a sober and safe environment with accountability for at least six months provide the best outcome.

The house operates on a level system, with residents entering at level one. Level one puts them on the first floor of the house, with no overnight passes or guests except for sponsors or immediate family, no use of a car or cellphone, and a curfew of 10 p.m.

To progress to a different level, with fewer restrictions, residents must attend a certain number of 12-step Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings in 30 days and find a sponsor if they do not have one. They also must find a home group, which is a 12-step meeting that takes place on a certain day and time, and get a service commitment, which is a commitment to serve others and can include sponsoring someone else. Additionally, residents must work steps in the 12-step process and find a job.

Those who seek sanctuary while continuing their recovery also are required to pay $150 a week, which helps cover the mortgage, utilities and household items. Sara Rissolo said the only items the Gratitude House does not provide its residents are clothes and food.

An additional recovery housing option is Rising Above Disease in Talbot County. This nonprofit assists and encourages women on their journey in recovery from addiction. Its mission is to help them improve their lives using the resources and guidance from the community.

Aside from housing, RAD assists in obtaining medical and dental care and mental health services. RAD helps residents with the bank, Motor Vehicle Administration and Social Security office to empower self-sufficiency. RAD teaches women life skills like balancing a checkbook, writing a budget, resume writing and interview skills. RAD is at 29242 W. Kennedy St., Easton.

Those seeking recovery also have Easton Shore Psychological Services as an option. ESPS is a behavioral wellness company and does not deny services based on inability to pay, according to its webpage.

Eastern Shore Psychological Services is a private, for-profit limited liability company devoted to excellence in behavioral health services for the Eastern Shore of Maryland and beyond.

Dr. Kathryn Seifert, an expert in the areas of violence, mental health, bullying, criminal justice and addiction, is the founder and CEO. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of individuals who are at risk for violence and those who are emotionally disturbed, behaviorally disordered, victimized, delinquent and/or suffering from attachment disorders.

The company is at 29520 Canvasback Drive, Easton, and also has locations in Salisbury, Princess Anne, Chestertown and Rock Hall. It offers outpatient behavioral health services in counseling and psychotherapy, medication management, DUI classes and forensic services.

Conditions frequently treated at ESPS are depression, anxiety, mood swings, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, behavior problems, sleep problems, substance abuse or dependence, other emotional, behavioral and mental health issues, and autism spectrum disorders.

In addition, Life’s Energy Wellness Center Inc. offers professional counseling and support in patient-focused recovery, family recovery support and healing, trauma resolution and relapse prevention.

The specially trained, licensed and certified staff assists in recovery with emotional trauma, ADHD, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, codependency, anxiety disorder, anger management, gambling addiction, drug and alcohol addiction, relationship trauma, prescription medicine abuse, sexual addiction issues, grief and loss, eating disorders, vocational conflict, positive parenting skills and gaming addiction.

Life’s Energy Wellness Center Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and Maryland Registered Certified Charitable Organization.

Also, University of Maryland Shore Regional Health offers a complete continuum of inpatient and outpatient psychiatric and substance abuse services to patients throughout the five-county Mid-Shore region and the Delmarva Peninsula.

Behavioral Health Services at UM Shore Regional Health are available to residents throughout the Mid-Shore region with treatment provided primarily at UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, according to its webpage.

For substance use disorders (treatment for alcohol and/or drug abuse), call 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5452.

Corsica River is a nonprofit mental health and substance use disorder clinic. Its mission is to provide caring, effective and highly accessible assessment and treatment to all Mid-Shore residents. It has clinics in Centreville, St. Michaels, Federalsburg and Cambridge. It also provides SUD services in Easton, Denton and Chestertown.

SUD services entail full assessments for individuals 12 and older (proof of custody required, where applicable), individual therapy and group counseling (12 to 26 weeks).

Corsica River reports more than 40% of individuals using substances that prohibit normal everyday functioning also have mental health issues.

Finally, Chesapeake Treatment Services offers suboxone and daily doses of methadone for those suffering from addiction. The licensed facility is at 402 Marvel Court near the intersection of Idlewild Avenue and U.S. Route 50 in Easton. An Ocean City location is open at 12417 Ocean Gateway.

*Note that is not an exhaustive list of available treatment options.

Community News Editor Connie Connolly contributed to this article.


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