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A Purposeful Pause

I’ve been quarantined in Baltimore for the last week in a hotel room (one more week to go and then I can see my son, Will, who is recovering from a bone marrow transplant).

I have to say I really miss going outside.  Here in Maryland, the rules are very strict.  There are no people in the streets and it has a very eerie quietness to a city that is usually loud and bustling with activity.  I walked outside yesterday for the first time in a week and was shocked by how completely vacant the sidewalks were on such a nice day.  I saw a handful of people and every single person I saw was wearing a mask and keeping their distance.  Because it was Easter, I ordered takeout and even the delivery driver was wearing personal protective gear—a mask and gloves.  Such an odd experience for a holiday.

There are some fun benefits of being quarantined alone.  You can do whatever you want in your small space without judgment.  I cannot confirm nor deny playing “hot lava” like I did as a kid!  You can take naps without being disturbed.  You can watch seriously IQ reducing television.  Yep, I binged the entire docuseries “Tiger King”.  Pretty sure Carole Baskin killed her husband but I’m working on an elaborate disappearance theory carried out by her former playboy husband.  You can eat chips and salsa for breakfast and no one thinks you’re weird.  You can read a book cover to cover without getting up.  And the list goes on!

So while this time can feel really confining and constrained for you, remember it’s also fraught with opportunity.  Take the time to reflect and find yourself.  Engage in playfulness just for the fun of it.  Sleep and rest to rejuvenate your body.  Reengage your imagination and get creative.  Write, draw, paint, bake, craft, create, rest, love.

I don’t believe we each need to use this time to learn a new language or to use every minute productively.  I am advocating we all take a purposeful pause and revel in the slow and deliberate pace of our days and nights.  Engage all of your senses with the environment around you.  And feel grateful for this purposeful pause that has allowed each of us to step away from the busyness of our lives and stripped us down to reveal what really matters.

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We're Radiant Health.

As of January 18, 2023, Grant Blackford Mental Health and Family Services Society, two organizations that merged in April 2022, rebranded under the unified name Radiant Health.

We’re excited for you to meet the new us, and to get a chance to help work together on the new you.

How we help.

When you’re in the middle of it, addiction can feel like a dead-end road. We know for certain that it isn’t. Just like any mental health challenge, addiction is an obstacle on our path. And, with some innovation and hardwork, we can work our way around it. On the other side of that obstacle is a bright future with healthy relationships, purpose-driven life, and a profound joy that’s been missing for all too long.

What do we mean?

Like so many things, mental health is passed down through families. Through behaviors, mirroring, and conditioning, we learn so much of what we know from those closest to us. Oftentimes that’s for the better, sometimes it’s not. At Radiant Health, we’re here to help ensure that your family makes purpose and joy as hereditary as any trait you might pass down to future generations. With a bit of hard word, together, we can make joy run in your family. 

What is Better?

Better ≠ perfect. Better means a path of continuous improvement; of evolution. When we focus on getting 1% better, 1% brighter every single day., we’re able to see the joy in the moment, while feeling the pride that comes with taking the reins over your life and working hard on yourself.  Here at Radiant, to focus on your future, we move towards it one achievable step at a time. 

What is Better Care?

When we talk about “brighter, better care” through our specialized services it boils down to 3 simple ideas. First, better care is safer care. Our facilities and staff are trained and equipped to offer safe, secure facilities during any stay. Second, better care is a respect for dignity. We believe in the dignity of every human being and we treat each person with the same level of respect. Finally, better care is the pursuit of purpose. Our treatment is designed with the firm belief that every person has purpose and, through it, finds joy.

What to Expect?

At Radiant Health you can expect a warmth and cheer that are rare in the mental health space. We believe firmly that the commitment to mental health is a commitment to finding purpose, but also discovering joy in the pursuit of it. Walking through our doors is a simple and transparent process. You’ll begin with an initial consultation with our expert staff, developing a blueprint, and taking that first step towards incremental improvement.