Recovery: Retreat House at Hillsboro Plans Spring Programs on AA and Meditation

The Retreat House at Hillsboro is hosting several events that are open to the public throughout the spring.

On Saturday, April 22, a half-day retreat, “Recovering Spirit: Fulfilling our Authentic Selves” will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. This is the third retreat led by the Reverend Paul Gennett, Jr. and it will focus on the gift of living into a fulfilled recovering life through AA’s Steps 8-12. The session includes discussion and time for meditation. A light breakfast and lunch is provided. There is no charge for the retreat but a suggested donation of $25 would be gratefully accepted to cover expenses. Register at

Francie Thayer, Director, Retreat House at Hillsboro will lead weekly half-hour meditation classes.

Beginning on Saturday May 6, the Rev. Marianne Ell will be leading worship services at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Hillsboro MD. The service will begin at 5:30 PM. Rev. Ell is the most recent Rector at St. Paul’s, ending her time there in 1996. Her recent return to the area and love of the community and church have drawn her to this offering. Assisting her will be the Rev. Rachel Field, current assistant Director of the Retreat House at Hillsboro MD. All are welcome.

Weekly meditation classes will begin on Monday, May 8 at 5:45 p.m. These classes are designed for people who are challenged to make time for a meditation practice and for those who aren’t sure how to get a practice started. The 30-minute session, led by Retreat House spiritual director Francie Thayer, will include guidance for beginners. A peaceful space and pillows will also be provided. To sign up, send an email to or call (410) 364-7042.

On Saturday, June 3, the Retreat House grounds will be open for a Neighborhood Barbecue from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Drinks, desserts, condiments and paper goods will be provided and grills will be set up. Guests are asked to bring meats and side dishes to share as well as blankets and lawn chairs. Some seating will be available. RSVP by Monday, May 29 to or call (410) 364-7042.

Located on the grounds of St. Paul’s Church at 22005 Church Street, Hillsboro, Maryland, the Retreat House is open for group retreats and meetings, individual hermitages, meditation and any who seek a spiritual connection. A traditional Chartres-style walking labyrinth is always open for walking and prayer. The Retreat House at Hillsboro is a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Easton, MD. For more information contact Francie Thayer, Director, at (410) 364-7042,, or visit us on


Photo caption: Francie Thayer, Director, Retreat House at Hillsboro will lead weekly half-hour meditation classes.

Let Troopers Dispose of Unwanted Prescription Drugs April 29

The Maryland State Police in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration are asking citizens dispose of unwanted prescription drugs during the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, April 29, 2017 from 10:00 am to 2:00 p.m. at State Police, Barrack Easton, 7053 Ocean Gateway.

State police barracks throughout Maryland will be participating in the National Drug Take Back Day.  Each barrack will act as a collection station giving citizens an opportunity to dispose of all unwanted and unused prescription drugs.  The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Second only to marijuana, non-medical prescription drugs are the most commonly used drug in the country.  According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs are finding an unlimited supply in their family’s medicine cabinet.

Locally during the last initiative in October 2016, troopers collected over 2,100 pounds of prescription drugs.  Nationally, 672,000 pounds (336 tons) of prescription medications were collected from members of the public.  When added to the collections from the previous Take-Back events, more than 7.1 million pounds of prescription medications have been removed from circulation.

For more information, contact Lt R. Connolly, Bk I, at 410-819-4757, or Sgt. Davaughn Parker, MSP OMC, at 410-653-4236.

April is National Alcohol Awareness Month

While the use of heroin dominates our news, alcohol remains the most commonly used and abused substance among our youth. According to the latest youth survey, about 65 percent of Talbot County high school students have had at least one drink. And, about 12 percent of our high schoolers have driven after drinking.

Parents are a powerful source of positive and reliable information. In fact, research has shown that kids who have conversations with their parents and learn a lot about the dangers of alcohol and drug use are 50 percent less likely to use these substances than those who don’t have such conversations.

According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, here are some guidelines that can help parents talk about alcohol and drug use:

Listen before you talk: For kids, knowing that someone is really listening is most important. Ask open-ended questions. Be involved. Be honest and open. Be positive: talking about these issues can build bridges rather than walls. And remember, addiction is a chronic, progressive disease that can be linked to family history and genetics. So, if you there is a family history of problems be matter of fact about it, as one would be with any other chronic disease, such as heart disease, diabetes or cancer.

The longer children can delay drinking and drug use, the less likely they are to develop problems.Parents can make a difference – that’s why it is so important to help your child connect the dots and make smart decisions about alcohol and drug use.

To learn more about how to prevent alcohol and drug abuse in your child, contact Alexandra Duff, Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention Coordinator at Talbot County Health Department, at 410-819-5600.

The Talbot County Health Department Prevention Office helps community groups, agencies and individuals in providing programs and activities to prevent alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse, and to build a healthier community. Resources include parenting skills, video and resource loan library, awareness campaigns and educational workshops.

Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism Now Accepting Concept Papers for Grants That Help Prevent Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse

The Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism is now accepting concept papers for 2017 AmeriCorps State-Targeted Priority program grants in Maryland. These grants will fund service activities that address critical community needs, namely the need to prevent prescription drug and opioid abuse and strengthen law enforcement and community relations.

In order to understand statewide needs and identify prospective applicants for this grant opportunity, the Office on Service and Volunteerism is partnering with Governor Larry Hogan’s Opioid Operational Command Center, the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention, and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

“Marylanders from every corner of the state know the devastation that heroin and opioid abuse can cause,” said Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford. “That’s why it’s so important that groups already dedicated to community service become a part of our statewide fight to end this epidemic.”

Through additional funds provided by the federal Corporation for National and Community Service, the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism has hired a special initiatives coordinator to assist in this grant process. Working with the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention, the coordinator’s goal is to ensure that Maryland is equipped to effectively address the opioid epidemic.

The grants come on the heels of Governor Hogan’s announcement of the administration’s 2017 Heroin and Opioid Prevention, Treatment, and Enforcement Initiative, a multi-pronged and sweeping administrative and legislative effort to continue addressing Maryland’s ongoing opioid and heroin epidemic.

The first step in the application process for a 2017 AmeriCorps State-Targeted Priority program grant is to submit a concept paper, due by 10 a.m. on Friday, March 10, 2017. Concept papers will be reviewed and applicants will be notified of acceptance by March 24. At that time, accepted applicants will be invited to complete a full grant application, due in April. The funding year will run from August 15, 2017, to August 14, 2018. To submit a concept paper or for more information, visit funding/.

About the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism
The Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism is a unit of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives. Through the use of federal dollars, the office funds AmeriCorps State programs to support community service efforts in Maryland. Each year, the office recognizes more than 200,000 Maryland volunteers on behalf of the governor.

Mariah’s Mission Fund January Schedule

Mariah’s Mission Fund has the following support groups available, without charge, to individuals and families suffering from the effects of substance use disorder. Additional resources and information at

Mariah’s Mission Fund is a component fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, a public 501(c)(3) charity.

January 11th from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Together: Positive Approaches, Easton
• Talbot Partnership, 8 Goldsborough St., Easton (Bank of America building)
• Peer support group for family members currently struggling with a loved one with substance use disorder, led by trained facilitators. No charge for attendance.
• Techniques of positive reinforcement to promote recovery of the individual stressed.

January 11th from 6-7:30 p.m. Together: Silent No More. Easton
• A grief support group for those who have lost a loved one due to substance use disorder and addiction; no charge to participate.
• Sponsored by Talbot Hospice with generous support from Mariah’s Mission Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation.
• Monthly meetings at Talbot Hospice, 586 Cynwood Drive, Easton, MD.
• Please contact Shelly Kulp, Bereavement Coordinator for Talbot Hospice at 410-822-6681 or email her at

January 16th from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Together: Silent No More, Pasadena
• Support group for those grieving a loss due to substance use disorder.
• Chesapeake Life Center, 90 Ritchie Highway Pasadena, MD. To register, call 888-501-7077.

Mariah’s Mission Planning Committee: making a positive impact against substance use disorder. New members welcome. Contact us at:

Talbot Partnership Sponsors Holiday Breakfast

On December 7, over 65 people representing a wide range of concerned citizens, community organizations, public agencies, and government attended Talbot Partnership’s annual holiday breakfast at Integrace Bayleigh Chase in Easton. Jayne Fitzgerald, Executive Director, stressed the importance of destigmatizing those suffering from Substance Use Disorder diseases and the importance of continued community commitment to drug awareness. Each guest was also given the opportunity to share their role in the community.


Front row L to R: Addie Eckardt, Jayne Fitzgerald, Dr. Fredia Wadley, Ann Roach, and Johnny Mautz. Back row L to R: Carl Pergler, Sandy Brown, Dave Short, Dave Stofa, Ted Book, and Joe Gamble. Missing Board Members: Ivy Sherwood, Aric Rosenbach, Chris Callas, Jody Gunn, and Dee Skinner.

Through drug education, awareness, and advocacy, Talbot Partnership, which was founded in 1991, encourages the community to recognize that substance use disorders are chronic diseases of the brain and not character flaws. For further information about how you can become involved, call 410-819-8067 or visit

Recovery: Lethal Marketing and The Royal Court of OxyContin

Again, we keep coming across the message that consumers are merely profit streams in the pharmaceutical world, even if it means endangering and even killing through easier access to opioids.

Unsealed internal documents reveal Abbott Laboratories inappropriate marketing campaign to sell OxyContin. This is only one example of cynical business practices trumping concern for the health of the nation.

Read here




Health Spending for Opioid Treatment Increases 1,375 Percent Since 2011

A recent article in Kaiser Health News observes that health spending related to opioid treatment has risen 1,375 percent from 2011 to 2015, underscoring the dramatic increase of opioid abuse and addiction.

Read the study here:

Study: Health Spending Related To Opioid Treatment Rose More Than 1,300 Percent

Lethal Counterfeit Drugs Hitting US Streets

“Street Lethal” is a term I’m coining for the plethora of counterfeit drugs laced with fentanyl—drug that can be 1000 times more potent than heroin,—currently hitting American streets.

As Salon reports, we are still behind the curve of getting the word out and it should concern all of us.

Read here.

Christ Church-Easton to Host Recovery Celebration on September 17

To celebrate September as National Recovery Month, Recovery for Shore is planning a free community event, Saturday, September 17, 2016, 5-8 p.m. at Christ Church–Easton, 111 South Harrison Street in Easton.

“Recovery Happens – A Message of Hope” will begin with the “Alive at Five” worship service in the church at 5 p.m. To highlight the reality of successful, long-term recovery now enjoyed by 23 million of Americans, Recovery for Shore member Bruce Strazza, who formerly was a drug user and dealer, will offer his testimony during the hour-long service. (A preview of Strazza’s testimony may be viewed on Christ Church–Easton’s Youtube channel, here. 

Following the service, there will be a free, picnic-style barbecue supper and live music (on the lawn or in the church hall, depending on the weather). Recovery for Shore members will be on hand with information about community resources for prevention, treatment, advocacy, support groups and much more.

Says Sharon Dundon, coordinator for Recovery for Shore, “We welcome those in recovery and their family and friends, and also those still struggling with addiction and/or mental illness for themselves or within their families. We had a great turnout for our Walk of Hope for Recovery last April and at our Recovery Dinner two years ago, and we’d love to see 200 people come out for this celebration.”

In addition to Recovery for Shore and Christ Church–Easton, “Recovery Happens – A Message of Hope” event sponsors to date include Chesapeake Treatment Services, Earth Data, Inc., Mariah’s Mission Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence/Maryland (NCADD), Queen Anne’s County Health Department, Shore Behavioral Health and Warwick Manor.

Recovery for Shore members at a recent planning meeting for the "Recovery Happens - A Message of Hope" celebration. Front row: Jana Leslie, Christ-Church Easton; Sharon Dundon, Shore Behavioral Health; Valerie Albee, Mariah’s Mission Fund; and Tierra Molock, Talbot County Health Department. Back row: Jim Dissette, Spy Publications Recovery Portal; Keith Richards, Warwick Manor Behavioral Health; Bruce Strazza, Christ Church-Easton; Jay Frost, Talbot County Addictions; Lynne Ewing, Talbot Partnership; and Lisa Flynn, Shore Behavioral Health.

Recovery for Shore members at a recent planning meeting for the “Recovery Happens – A Message of Hope” celebration. Front row: Jana Leslie, Christ-Church Easton; Sharon Dundon, Shore Behavioral Health; Valerie Albee, Mariah’s Mission Fund; and Tierra Molock, Talbot County Health Department. Back row: Jim Dissette, Spy Publications Recovery Portal; Keith Richards, Warwick Manor Behavioral Health; Bruce Strazza, Christ Church-Easton; Jay Frost, Talbot County Addictions; Lynne Ewing, Talbot Partnership; and Lisa Flynn, Shore Behavioral Health.

For more information or to volunteer assistance with the event, visit or Recovery for Shore on Facebook.

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