TopMarch 2015
In This Issue
Support Arundel Lodge at The Greene Turtle on March 20
Women and Addiction: An Evolution in Treatment and Care
Save the Date for the Great Give
Origami and The Art of Counseling
Upcoming Volunteer Events
Artists Without Limits Show to Feature Artists from Arundel Lodge
Congratulations to Fred Delp
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Monthly Meetings and Groups

NAMI Family Support Group

Thurs., March 12

7 to 8:30 p.m.
At Arundel Lodge.

For more information, email NAMI Anne Arundel.



Open Eye Gallery 

Committee Meeting

Fri., April 3

11 a.m.

At Arundel Lodge.

Held on the first Friday of each month. All are welcome. Email Katerina Evans or call her at (443) 433-5961 with any questions.

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NAMI Anne Arundel County 


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Happy Women's History Month! 
Support Arundel Lodge 
on March 20 
at The Greene Turtle 
in Edgewater!

All day on Friday, March 20, you can get a great meal and help support our programs by eating at The Greene Turtle in Edgewater. Just present the flyer below, even from your mobile device, to your server. The Greene Turtle will donate 20 percent of the proceeds from your bill to Arundel Lodge.


The Funds for Friends event will run from 11 a.m. on March 20 until closing time at 1 a.m.



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Women and Addiction: An Evolution in Treatment and Care


March is Women's History Month. What do we know about the history of women's addiction, treatment, and care?


In the 1700s and 1800s, it was legal and even fashionable to prescribe drugs such as opiates, cocaine, cannabis, and chloroform to women to ease their case of "neurasthenia" or "nervous weakness," which described conditions ranging from ticklishness to just about any kind of mild to intense physical pain or emotional discomfort.


It was viewed that the "weaker" nature of women readily entitled them to the cure-alls of the day. Stephen R. Kandall, M.D., writes in his article Women and Addiction in the United States - 1850-1920:

  • As early as 1782, it was common practice for women of Nantucket Island to take "a dose of opium every morning" (De Crevecoeur 1981).
  • Oliver (1872, p. 168) found that bored rural women who were often lonely and isolated resorted to opium "as the safest and most agreeable remedy."
  • A Cincinnati physician "had fashionable ladies come to him to get hypodermic injections of cocaine to make them lively and talkative" (Whittaker 1885, pp. 177-178).

Erroneous beliefs about the effects of many of these addicting drugs made it socially acceptable for members of both sexes to use them, even recreationally, without regard to abuse or addiction. Kandall also says:


Around the late 19th century, societal developments in the United States began to change the acceptance of drug use. Kendall lists the following as influences: (1) education of physicians and pharmacists as to the dangers of certain drugs and restriction of the prescribing practices of health personnel; (2) legislative initiatives in response to profound sociodemographic changes in the U.S. population of addicts and users; and (3) international pressures that were moving the United States to control its domestic drug problem.


Read the full excerpt by Stephen R. Kandall, M.D., Women and Addiction in the United States -1850 to 1920.


Today, according to Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network,

the disease of addiction is a serious health concern affecting more than 12 million women annually. Substance use in women is often associated with trauma that can lead to risky sexual behavior, unwanted pregnancy, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, untreated mental health issues and an array of somatic illnesses.


First Step Recovery Center Clinic Director, Leigh Ragan, tells us, "By the time women enter treatment, there is also a myriad of issues that require case management. These women are often in the legal system; in the system of Department of Social Services; they have no family supports to help them, or if they do have family support, it is often strained."


In 1898, a highly published New York doctor, J.B. Mattison, wrote in one of his articles that women often concealed their opiate habits to protect themselves from "unkind and unjust judgment." Leigh Ragan echoes that sentiment today. "There continues to be a great deal of stigma attached to women who are addicted and have mental health issues. I have found in my practice that women are less likely [than men] to seek help because of shame and guilt [as well as concerns about] having their children taken away from them."


Women also often face logistical barriers such as lack of transportation and childcare. Many women do not seek treatment because they view their substance use as a social activity, rather than an addiction or because they believe that their substance use is the outcome of anxiety or depression. 


According to a Harvard Health Publications article, Addiction in Women, "until the early 1990s, most research on substance abuse and dependence focused on men. That changed once U.S. agencies began requiring federally funded studies to enroll more women. Since then, investigators have learned that important gender differences exist in some types of addiction and response to treatment."  


In 2010, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration released TIP 51, a Treatment Improvement Protocol titled Substance Abuse Treatment: Addressing the Specific Needs of Women. It proposes "that substance abuse treatment for women be approached from a perspective that encompasses the contexts of women's lives: a woman's social and economic environment; her relationships with family, extended family, and support systems; and the impact of gender and culture."


Leigh said, "I have also found in my practice, that women tend to be more open with other women. They tend to not share in a mixed group setting, especially if they have a history of trauma or feel they may be judged as having been neglectful with their children. When they are in a group where it is all or predominantly women, they open up more."


If you would like more information about treatment services for substance use for men or women, contact:
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Save the Date for The Great Give


Arundel Lodge is once again participating in The Great Give, hosted by the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County.


This 24-hour online fundraiser is a meaningful way for you to make your next donation to Arundel Lodge, as we are competing for additional financial prizes for Leader of the Pack (the most donors within the first hour) and a $10,000 prize for most overall donations. With your help, this is a completely attainable goal!


Please donate online from Tuesday, May 5 at 6 p.m. to Wednesday, May 6 at 6 p.m.


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The Art of Counseling

Origami is the art of paper folding, most often associated with the Japanese culture.


At Arundel Lodge, therapist Karon Wilson uses origami in the art of counseling to help adults challenge "black and white thinking, where individuals tend to think in extremes, and to teach techniques for anger management.

Karon explained that through origami, he can help individuals understand that new challenges require time to develop new skills. He helps individuals explore their belief system--ideas such as "I should be able to do this the first time, and it should be perfect"--and replace these with the more realistic belief that one does not need to be perfect but should aim for excellence--"giving the best that I have to each task."


Also, he said, he can teach individuals how to breathe through the steps and help them focus. "When an individual gets frustrated with one of the origami steps, I can teach techniques for anger management. We stop, breathe, and process the thoughts."


With children, Karon also uses origami to help build rapport and trust. "Children don't always like to talk about their trauma or difficulties. They don't want to engage in counseling," he said. "Origami eases anxiety, so when the difficult topics come up, they feel more comfortable in sharing and discussing." Karon has employed origami with one child who was resistant to treatment and says that the child now looks forward to coming to sessions. 

"We started with a cup," Karon explained. "The child was able to take the completed product to the drinking fountain outside my office and use it. He thought that was pretty cool. Then, we moved on to a box challenge. One particular step can be very frustrating because it is very detail-oriented. The child had to pay close attention to the details, slow down, think, and breathe." 

"It has taught him to evaluate next steps and weigh the consequences of his actions. He has adopted this technique and has been able to implement it on his own in the classroom as well as in sports. It's a coping skill I actually use myself."  

"After this young man mastered the box, we moved on to the crane, which has 27 steps. This progression into something more difficult is also a self-esteem booster. When he was able to accomplish the task of creating a crane, by himself, from a piece of paper, he was ecstatic to show his mom."

"This experience made him more open to other counseling interventions. His mother has noticed a dramatic improvement in his behavior. Even his school functioning has improved. He's gone from being identified as a 'problem student' to being identified as a 'student leader.'"


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Upcoming Volunteer Events


Please join us for our two upcoming volunteer events:




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Artists Without Limits


Congratulations to 11 Open Eye Gallery artists whose work was accepted to The Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability Issues' 2015 Artists Without Limits Art Exhibit.


Great job, Lois Agee, Marisa Bolon, Lee Hanson, Liz Hooper, Colin Lacey, Leah Loebner, Margaret O'Brien, Sheryl Perez, Solomon Queen, Heidi Richardson, and Tameka Tongue!


See "Art and Special Events" in the sidebar for details.


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Congratulations to Fred Delp


Fred Delp, Executive Director of NAMI AAC and Arundel Lodge Board Member
Arundel Lodge extends warm congratulations to Board Member Fred Delp, who was named Executive Director of NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) of Anne Arundel County on Feb. 9. Mr. Delp was previously Board President of NAMI Anne Arundel County.

As executive director, Fred will be responsible for management and oversight of all aspects of the organization, including programming, finances, operations, personnel and facilities. Fred will also spearhead development and fundraising and interact with NAMI state and national personnel.
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