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Ben Carson visits Baltimore for tour of addiction recovery facility

Ben Carson visits Baltimore for tour of addiction recovery facility

By Yvonne Wenger Contact Reporter The Baltimore Sun Dr. Ben Carson, the secretary of housing and urban development, toured a Baltimore addiction recovery treatment center Friday to amplify the Trump administration’s efforts to combat the nation’s opioid epidemic. Visiting the 132-year-old Helping Up Mission in East Baltimore, the retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon praised the organization for its work to fight addiction and provide stable housing without being a “big government program.” To read the rest of the article CLICK HERE

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Helping Up Mission awarded grant from Maryland Community Health Resource Commission to Expand Dental Services to Substance Users in Baltimore City

Baltimore City, MARYLAND – Helping Up Mission (HUM) was recently named as one of 19 grant recipients by the Maryland Community Health Resources Commission (CHRC), receiving a grant of $150,000 to expand Dental Services to residents of the one-year residential Spiritual Recovery Program over the next three years. Click Below to read more: Press Release

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“Come sit in this chapel and let tears fall like rain”

"I used to come into the chapel, and sit in the end seat on the third row, and just cry and pray. I could see where yesterday's tears had dried on the floor beneath my chair. Meanwhile my wife is in Georgia, alone on her birthday… I didn't know how I could stay here for the year, but I knew I had to. One day I wrote this poem⠀ ⠀ I can't seem to remember⠀ My very first step⠀ For what lays before me⠀ There's no way I can prep⠀ ⠀ The path of addiction⠀ So dark and so bleak⠀ My body is broken⠀ My soul is so weak⠀ ⠀ Iv'e danced with the devil⠀ Now it's time to come home⠀ Forget what he told you⠀ It hurts to be alone⠀ ⠀ The floor of this chapel⠀ Has been painted with tears⠀ Of brothers in the struggle⠀ Letting go of their fears⠀ ⠀ Put down the guilt⠀ Let go of the pain⠀ Come sit in this chapel⠀ And let tears fall like rain."

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DACG Passes Key to Helping Up Mission for New Welcome Booth

DACG Passes Key to Helping Up Mission for New Welcome Booth

Baltimore, MD (September 29, 2017) – Giving back to the community has always been a high priority for the Delbert Adams Construction Group (DACG). This week, DACG passed over the key to a new welcome booth to the folks at the Helping Up Mission. This booth is a parking lot icon and functions to welcome visitors. To read the full article CLICK HERE

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“Running is therapy to me” – John’s recovery story

“You can’t do this alone; it’s just impossible.”


Come cheer for John (and over 100 Team HUM runners) at the Baltimore Running Festival on October 21st.

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The Triangle of Self-Obsession (video)

“Here’s something I wrote that was inspired by the 12 Steps:

Is at the heart of my insanity
The illusion of control is like speaking profanity

Is the way I react to the past
Reliving the moment
Don’t tell, don’t ask

Is the way that I deal with the present
A denial of reality
The consciousness of presence

Is what I feel when I start to think
Creating an illusion
And I start to sink
Six foot deep, and my eyes go blank
The Titanic’s going down but I don’t even faint

Running away from self-conscious
Is a terrible waste
Seared deeper and deeper
At a constant pace

Is the motivator I use to get high
‘Cause when the tough gets going
I get gone, goodbye

My approach to the disease of addiction
Is completely realistic
Thoroughly follow the path
Or become a statistic

I have a choice over impulsive thinking
Stop and say no to compulsive drinking
So I had to find a new way to live

Is the feeling I experience
For the things that I did

Is Hearing Other People’s Experience
Like nitrous oxide
Too fast, too furious

Is that fixed idea that takes me back
Down memory lane
Or something like that
To recapture the ease and comfort I once knew
Quoting “pour me a drink – I’m feeling kinda blue”

So what do I do?
Relapse and get twisted
“Keep it simple, stupid”
My sponsor insisted
“Don’t get ahead of yourself”
“One day at a time”
When at the end of the road
What did you find?
Until I got clean with a simple solution
Also a plan of action that really works
It’s called 12 Steps for crash dummy jerks

So my troubles, I think
Are basically my own making
They rise out of self
The self-obsessed nature”

The NA pamphlet The Triangle of Self-Obsession was a specific inspiration for this poet.

For more poetry from our men, check out our Poetry page.

Shame, Sexual Abuse, and Healing – Diane Langberg – Podcast

This spring, we had the privilege of welcoming Diane Langberg to our campus for a visit. Dr. Langberg is a practicing psychologist whose clinical expertise includes 45 years of working with trauma survivors and clergy.

Dr. Langberg shared with our clients some of what she’s learned about healing from shame, sexual abuse, and other kinds of trauma.

00:01 The many faces of shame (below is the Shame Compass that Dr. Langberg refers to in this section)

A Visit from Dr. Diane Langberg
28:05 The trauma of sexual abuse
36:07 The shape of healing: talk, tears, time
56:13 Q&A

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You can also view this talk on Youtube. And you can hear what Dr. Langberg shared with our staff, “Lessons from a Life of Counseling,” at

Video Postcards from Men in Recovery

This summer, Hannah Cherry, a Spiritual Life intern at Helping Up Mission, helped some of our clients create “video postcards” to send to their loved ones. Some of the men desired also to make their videos public, in the hopes that it would encourage others. Here are four of their videos, along with Hannah’s reflections. Adam When Adam came in to shoot his video postcard, he had not been here for long, and I could tell he was nervous. He …

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