Being Thankful

It seems like 2020 has brought nothing but uncertainty and worry to our lives. With COVID19 rates climbing again and virtual learning schedules changing, many of us are wondering what the upcoming winter months will look like. Even during the beginning rush of the holiday season, November is usually a time when we sit back and think about what we are thankful for. But during the last 9 months, it has become a habit for most of us to dwell on the negative, and while it’s understandable since life been quite difficult for everyone, there is always something positive to look for out there. 

Rage Against Addiction has two women’s sober living houses in rural Harford County, MD. Both houses were established under the Daughter’s House program, which strives to “provide more quality options to individuals in transition between rehab and recovery.” The first house opened in November 2018 and is named after the successful Daughter’s House program. Sister House opened in May 2020 in the midst of a global pandemic. Both houses fill a never-ending need for those struggling in our community and offer an encouraging environment for women to recover from addiction, become independent, and begin to heal the broken parts of their lives. Since November 2018, Rage Against Addiction has helped 52 residents in both houses ranging from eighteen years old to the mid-fifties. Once accepted into one of the houses, there is a thirty-day blackout period where residents cannot go out except to actively look for employment and attend NA/AA meeting where they must find a sponsor. Cell phones and vehicles are not permitted to those who are unemployed, and residents must be up by 7:00am during the week. This is a critical time at the very beginning stages of recovery; the intention is for the women to solely work on their own lives without the distractions from the outside world, but they are often coming directly from a rehabilitation facility, are recently released from incarceration, or are literally coming in off the streets, and likely have little confidence and coping skills to manage life outside of addiction. During their stay at Daughter’s House or Sister House, residents must participate in housework and monthly activities, such as counseled discussions, yoga/relaxation classes, paint nights, family dinners, and Narcan training. After their stay at one of the houses, Rachel Bongiorno, the Program Director, assists the women with an individual plan of long-term recovery so that they may continue on a happier and healthier path. 

If you’d like to know more about Daughter’s House or Sister House, please visit our Facebook page for updates and information. You can support our houses by donating items from our Wish List or by cooking/buying and delivering a meal. To make arrangements, please email our Program Director Rachel Bongiorno. We sincerely appreciate your kindness! 

Since March, when COVID19 began impacting Maryland, many businesses shut down and events were postponed. Our annual Memory Walk / Recovery Run on April 4th was cancelled, and though we hoped to eventually reschedule it for the summer, we held our first Virtual Memory Walk / Recovery Run on April 4th instead. Our generous followers walked, ran, or did in-home exercise in honor of those in recovery, to support those struggling with addiction, and to remember those we lost along the way. They posted pictures and videos on our Facebook page, brought in donations, and helped us spread awareness about addiction in and around our community. Proceeds from that event benefited our Daughter’s House program as well as the following programs:  

  • Rage Club – designed for children eight to fifteen years who have been shaken by addiction, and provides counseled discussions and rewarding activities to help children positively cope with the effects of addiction.  

  • RAA ABC (After Baby Care) – provides post-partum care packages for new mothers in recovery. 

  • Sober Living Funding Initiative – assists with rent for those in early recovery. 

 

We will finish off the year with a Rage Club Holiday get-together and our annual gift-giving to several local children who have lost a parent to addiction, who have a parent in an addiction treatment center, or who have a parent in early recovery. We know the next couple of months can be difficult and we hope to brighten up the holidays for those in our community who need it the most. 

As the year winds down, we want to thank you for sticking with us through these trying times. We know it hasn’t been easy for anyone, but we are so very grateful for our thoughtful followers and those who have selflessly donated to help keep our programs running. We truly could not do this without all of you and we hope that 2021 will be filled with more positivity.  

In Memory Of

Audrey Marie (Naunton) Belcher 

12/30/1982 - 2/26/20 

Daughter, Sister, Mother, Wife, Friend 

Audrey battled addiction for about twenty years. She led a life with many ups and downs but there were beautiful moments speckled in between. She is missed by all who truly knew her.  

Audrey loved to write poetry and journaled everything in high school. I have many of these writings now in my possession. She also loved to paint and doodle pictures all over anything and everything (even on her bedroom wall growing up, much to my parents' dismay!) She also wrote down many, if not all, of her prayers. She often prayed for sobriety, and for her family and friends to be proud of her: “Build me back up. Show me how to provide and

care for my children and guide me to make my family and friends proud. Show me the way to make you proud. Please bless and protect my children, family, and friends, loved ones, and enemies. As always, my life is in your capable hands.” Audrey and I have suffered a lot of loss together. We lost our mother in 2003 and our father in 2014. Audrey sang “Landslide” at both of my parents’ funerals. It was beautiful. She had four beautiful children - Logan, Chase, Josslyn, and Lorna - and she loved them the best she could. She enjoyed swimming with them and camping out in the back yard. They loved making strawberry pancakes on special mornings. She loved her niece and nephew, and loved spending Christmas time over at our house with all of our cousins together. Most recently, Audrey lived in Churchville with her four children and her husband Aaron. Every time mom, dad, Audrey or I ever hung up the phone or left each other, we always said “I love you, be careful, God protect you through the night.” This was true the evening before God called Audrey home as well; we said those exact words.

 

I find comfort in picturing her in the arms of my parents once again and I know that her soul is finally at peace. She was battling her disease internally every day. She fought for as long as she could. She truly didn’t want that life, but she had an illness she couldn’t overcome. I’m currently raising her 1-year-old daughter and I am trying to make sure she remembers her mother and the goodness in her heart. 

By: Bridget Gallion (Bel Air, MD) 

Community Resources

​*Please be aware that some policies, locations, programs, and contact information have changed due to COVID-19 protocols.*

Addiction Connections Resource: A non-profit organization that assists with providing resources and support for addiction treatment and that educates the community about substance abuse disorder. Located in Fallston, MD. Please visit here or call 443-417-7810 for more information. 

Ashley Addiction Treatment: An inpatient treatment center that personalizes clinical programs based on individual need. Located in Havre De Grace, MD. Please visit here or call 800-799-4673 for information about online and in-person meeting services.

Celebrate Recovery: A local support group for those with addictive behaviors. Located in Bel Air, MD and Joppa, MD. 

  • Mt. Zion Church in Bel Air, MD: Contact lheitmuller@zoominternet.net or visit here for more information about meetings.

  • Mountain Christian Church in Joppa, MD: Please register here to join. *Please check out the updated information regarding meeting details.*

Daniel Carl Torsch Foundation: A non-profit organization that provides drug overdose awareness and prevention, and offers Naxolone training. Located in Timonium, MD. Please visit here or call 443-554-6150 for more information.

GRASP (Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing): A local support group for those who have lost someone to addiction. 

  • 7:00pm on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. *Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.*

  • Located in the Education Building at Mt. Zion Church - 1643 Churchville Road, Bel Air, MD 21015

  • Contact lisa.craig4@verizon.net for more information.

  • The private national Facebook group is available. Please visit here to ask to join.

The Klein Family Harford Crisis Center: A clinic that provides immediate care for mental health and addiction. Located in Bel Air, MD. Please visit here or call 410-874-0711 for information about online and in-person meeting services.

Loving An Addict: A local support group for family and friends of those in active addiction.  

  • 7:00pm every Saturday. *Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.*

  • Located in the Education Building at Mt. Zion Church - 1643 Churchville Road, Bel Air, MD 21015

  • Contact lisa.craig4@verizon.net for more information.

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We serve locally but think globally. For counseling, or for addiction, substance abuse disorder, or mental illness treatment, please contact your area’s health department, county government, hospital, or law enforcement agency.

Get Involved

Rage Against Addiction is happy to present our first ever Virtual Auction. Please check out what we have in store for you here: 

https://rageagainstaddiction.betterworld.org/

 

All money raised from this auction will go directly to the successful continuation of our programs. We thank you in advance for your contributions!

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On or around you birthday, consider creating an online fundraiser on Facebook to show your support. Check out how to do it here:  https://www.facebook.com/fund/Rageagainstaddiction/

Rage Against Addiction

Programs

Daughter's House: A program that includes two sober living houses (Daughter's House and Sister House) located in the suburbs of Harford County, MD that is designed to assist women who are transitioning from substance abuse treatment. Click here to visit the Facebook page.

 

HALO (How to Live Without Our Addicted Loved One): An online grief support group. Click here to ask to join the private Facebook page.

RAA ABC (After Baby Care): A program that provides newborn-care items to mothers in recovery. Please send monetary donations to:

Rage Against Addiction (Rage ABC)

P.O. Box 1

Forest Hill, MD 21050

 

Rage Club: A program offered for children who are touched by substance abuse disorder. Click here for more information.

Rage Against Addiction

Board Members

Wendy Beck Messner

Founder and Executive Director

 

Amanda Buddenbohn

RAA'S ABC (After Baby Care) Coordinator

 

Tara Kuzma

Chairman of the Board of Directors

 

Rachel Bongiorno

Recovery Coach and Daughter’s House Program Director

 

Mia Ellis

Newsletter Writer and Administrator

Rage Against Addiction Team Members

Sarah Hoover

Rage Club Event Coordinator and Volunteer

Michael Nesline

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