Hope House Expands

Health notes

March 30, 1992

Hope House, a facility for the recovering alcoholic and the chemically dependant, is expanding its efforts and needs the help of the community.

* It has expanded services to offer three different levels of care through Alcohol and Drug Program Management on Riva Road in Annapolis.

Intermediate residential care offers patients up to six weeks of intensive in-house education and counseling in a safe and abstinent community environment. It is a 24-bed program.

The extended-care program offers up to one year of continuing treatment services and teaches the skills of independent living. It is a 20-bed program.

Intensive outpatient services for Anne Arundel County residents is specifically designed for clients who have been unable to gain immediate access to residential treatment; those with a stable home environment; and those with other commitments, such as jobs and child care.

* Hope House is looking for a new or used fax machine, as part of an ongoing effort to update and modernize.

* The program needs at least 17 carpet remnants of varying sizes to cover the floors of a recentlyclosed halfway house, located in Crownsville, to be used when Hope House is renovated in the next few months.

The average size of the needed pieces is 14 feet by 7 feet.

* The staff and patients wouldalso like to offer their thanks to the Utility Contractors Association of Anne Arundel County and the United States Naval Academy Religious Offerings Fund, for their generous donation of money to help repair Hope House during these renovations.

Information: 923-6700.

QUITSMOKING

The American Lung Association has developed an audiotape with state-of-the-art strategies for quitting smoking and handling slips, or relapses. The new "Freedom from Smoking" audiotape is available for $10, including shipping and handling.

Side One is an 18-minute program featuring ex-smokers and a physician. Concepts of addiction, social support, rewards, coping strategies, building self-confidence, weight control, and exercise are all included.

Side Two has relaxation exercises that can be used to relieve stress that may result from quitting smoking, and can be used long afterward to help the listener relax.

The ALA will also offer a six-week, seven-session Freedom from Smoking Clinic at the Columbia Medical Plan Annex, Building 190, Adm. Cochrane Drive, Suite 175, Annapolis.

The cost is $50, and the program helps people quit by making them aware of why they smoke. It provides alternatives to smoking, information about stress management, weight control, and the maintenance of a non-smoking lifestyle.

Information: 1-800-492-7527.

ADDICTION OFFICE OPENS

Addiction Assessment and Rehabilitation Services has opened an office at 1410 Crain Highway, North-Suite 3B, Chadham Executive Park, in Glen Burnie.

AARS specializes in outpatient services for the treatment of alcoholism and drug abuse. Services provided by AARS include pretrial assessments for DWI offenders, alcohol and drug education, substance abuse treatment, individual, group or family psychotherapy and Employee Assistance Programs.

This company is certified by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and is an administrative office of the court-approved program. Other AARS locations include Annapolis, Greenbelt, and Suitland.

Information: 267-8377.

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