Magazine article Addiction Professional

Father Martin's Ashley

Magazine article Addiction Professional

Father Martin's Ashley

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If one word could capture what Father Martin's Ashley seeks to convey with the design of its stately campus on the banks of the Chesapeake Bay, "continuity" might come the closest. From the acquisition of the same granite used to construct buildings on the site more than 200 years ago to the careful integration of the surrounding natural beauty into the treatment experience, leaders at the Maryland facility seek to preserve a setting that honors the ideals of founders Father Joseph Martin and Mae Abraham.

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Many patients and visitors have described the center's inter-denominational chapel and its Oakleaf Coat of Arms stained glass window as the campus's heart and soul. Father Martin's Ashley CEO Father Mark Hushen recalls one patient telling him how it was in the chapel where he could most closely experience Father Martin himself, after having heard so much about his good work.

Father Martin's Ashley this year celebrates its 25th anniversary on its historic estate overlooking the bay. The surrounding environment is one of the site's greatest assets and never stands far removed from the treatment experience. The calmness of the bay's waters reinforces how water can restore the spirit. Patients in groups often will sit at a gazebo on a bluff overlooking the bay in the early morning to watch the sun come up, read daily meditations, and discuss what is happening in their treatment experience.

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Father Mark adds, "We give patients the time to be still and be quiet," in order to contemplate nature's beauty. He says that while treatment certainly involves a great deal of hard work, programs should not be so jammed with activity that opportunities for solitude do not present. …

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