Columbus Dispatch // By Ken Gordon When Chris Barnett baked his newly sober wife a pumpkin roll one evening in the fall, he only wanted to dry her tears. He had no idea that the simple act of compassion would jump-start a business aimed at promoting recovery. It all happened when, after decades of alcohol…

WKSU 89.7 // By Tim Rudell Health-care providers increasingly try to measure the benefits and risks of opioids and alternatives. PRACTICE ANALYSIS OF CHIROPRACTIC 2015, NBCE / AMERICAN CHIROPRACTIC ASSOCIATION The number of prescriptions doctors are writing for opioid pain killers is down and not just because they’re pulling back in the face of the addiction crisis.  Alternative approaches to pain treatment are finding…

Chicago Tribune // By Jo Ann Towle I didn’t know Anthony Bourdain, but felt like I did in one small important way. In him, I saw a drinking alcoholic with a front-stage vigorous attempt to do it successfully. His was a fantastic life-embracing show, with drinking taking a prominent role in the joie de vivre,…

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids // By Dr. John Dyben, DHSC, MCAP, CMHP Jennifer was 30 when she found herself in residential treatment for alcohol and drug addiction that had devastated her life for nearly five years. Though she struggled at first, she began to experience freedom in sobriety and became increasingly excited about the proposition…

Your Teen for Parents // By Jaimie Seaton Think twice about filling that painkiller prescription. If your teenager has had wisdom teeth removed, it’s possible the dentist sent them home with a prescription for an opioid such as Percocet (oxycodone) or Vicodin (hydrocodone). Prescription opioids were developed to treat severe pain, but in the past…

Journal-News // By Staff Report Sojourner to double capacity at women’s residential treatment facility. BUTLER COUNTY — Sojourner Recovery Services will double the capacity at one of its women’s treatment facilities in response to community needs, according to organizations officials. In partnership with the Butler County Mental Health and Addiction Recovery Services Board, Sojourner Recovery Services…

cleveland.com // By Jennifer Conn Phase 1 of Children’s Hospital’s Addiction Services Program, which has been in the works for two years, will have a multidisciplinary approach to prevention, starting with education, screening, care coordination, referral and community outreach.(Akron Children’s Hospital) AKRON, Ohio – As the opiate crisis continues to unfold in Summit County and…

Port Clinton News Herald // By Jon Stinchcomb PORT CLINTON – Light House Sober Living has helped many local men on their road to recovery with not only a place to stay, but also offering friendship and support at times it was needed most. However, there is no sober living facility available for women in…

Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com // By Shane Hoover MASSILLON: A new residential center in the city means women who once waited weeks for drug and alcohol treatment can get help within hours. CommQuest Services opened its 17-bed Deliverance House II in April, and The Canton Repository recently toured the facility. Deliverance House II expands on treatment…

Addiction NOW // By Sean Woodard An addiction recovery house is offering horticultural therapy for patients recovering from substance use disorders in Athens, Ohio. The nonprofit, Serenity Grove Women’s Recovery House, opened last fall and serves as a transitional living house for women who have already undergone addiction treatment and are in need of supplemental…

Perry County Tribune // By Misti Kessler, Primary Counselor, Stanton Villa Perry Behavioral Health Choices Our small corner of the world has been run rampant with the disease of addiction. Each day, we hear of another person who has succumbed to the cunning and baffling power of addiction, and each day families’ lives are rocked…

CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Drinking too much can harm your health. Excessive alcohol use led to approximately 88,000 deaths and 2.5 million years of potential life lost (YPLL) each year in the United States from 2006 – 2010, shortening the lives of those who died by an average of 30 years.1,2 Further,…

SMART Recovery // Green-In-MI, SMART Recovery Online Member SMARTies who participate in SMART Recovery Online (SROL) will sooner or later hear me sing the praises of exercise as an integral part of recovery. For me, exercise is a valuable Vitally Absorbing Creative Interest (VACI) as well as something that provides a host of side benefits.…

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids You may have heard that your son or daughter needs to “hit rock bottom” or “has to want help,” in order to get better. And therefore any attempts to otherwise convince him or her to enter treatment is wasted breath. The fact of the matter is our loved ones are often interested…

The Courier // By Sara Arthurs HANCOCK LEADERSHIP’S 2018 class project, a “Hidden in Plain Sight” trailer, contains a mock youth bedroom. Items in the bedroom seem innocuous, but can serve as hiding places for cigarettes, alcohol or other drugs. (Photo by Brian Szabelski / The Courier) A new resource — demonstrating that drugs are…

The Hotel School, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business // Sandi Mulconry Listening to hotel executive Gary Mendell ’79 talk about his son Brian, and Brian’s decade-long struggle with addiction, you might get misty-eyed yourself. Brian, who stayed up all night with a suicidal woman to give her hope. Who, encountering another woman alone and…

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids  Figuring out if your child is using drugs or alcohol can be challenging. Many of the signs and symptoms are, at times, typical teen or young adult behavior. Many are also symptoms of mental health issues, including depression or anxiety disorders. Explore our parent Drug Guide for even more substance-specific warning…

the fix // By Boozemusings Co. If you’ve ever given up drinking you will have read a myriad of articles proclaiming how fabulous life is without booze: words of hope, words of praise, page upon page of unimaginable achievement. Since I stopped drinking 4.5 years ago I’ve become increasingly aware that these articles are pretty…

The Fix // By Victor Yocco Entering sobriety with the expectation you are making up for something wrong is not doing it for yourself. There’s a big difference between swearing off drinking because you hurt someone, and swearing off drinking because you see no other options in life. Getting sober is one of the hardest…

Fox45now.com // By Christina Schaefer DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) – The Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services, known as ADAMHS, is launching an app as a way to treat patients. The agency says the app, which is compatible with both an iPhone and Android, is designed to help get people into treatment. The…

Vinton County Courier // By Heather Willard Representatives from several state and local health agencies met at the Athens-Hocking-Vinton Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services 317 Board on April 18 to launch a statewide public awareness campaign aimed at educating the public on opioids. The campaign, called “Take Charge Ohio,” is through the Ohio…

The Pike County News Watchman // By Stephanie Stanley, Assistant Editor Three local agencies — the Scioto Paint Valley Mental Health Center (SPVMHC), Pike County Recovery Council, and the Pike County Sheriff’s Office — recently joined together to create the Post Overdose Response Team (PORT), a group which travels throughout the area each week to…

The Gazette // By Bob Finnan WADSWORTH — Medina County’s first residential drug treatment facility will open this summer. Community Assessment and Treatment Services, or CATS, is scheduled to open in July at the Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Medical Center, 195 Wadsworth Road. Krista Wasowski, commissioner of the Medina County Health Department, said officials didn’t think the…

Ideastream // Darrell Snipes Click the link below to view the video: http://www.ideastream.org/programs/ideas/local-family-turns-heartbreak-into-plan-to-stop-opioid-deaths The opioid crisis touches virtually every community, and yet the families of addicts often struggle to find the care that can make the difference between life and death. When Bill Ayars lost his daughter to heroin in 2016 at age 28, he…

Harm Reduction Coalition  Overdose Response For a person whose breathing is severely impaired, rescue breathing or chest compressions is one of the most important steps in preventing an overdose death. When someone has extremely shallow and intermittent breathing (around one breath every 5-10 seconds) or has stopped breathing and is unresponsive, rescue breathing should be…

Take Charge Ohio // Dr. Mark Hurst Mental health and addiction disorders are more common than diabetes or heart disease, and they are just as treatable. Appropriate awareness, treatment and community supports can benefit families and communities.” Doctor Mark Hurst Medical Director of Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Individual paths to recovery…

Shatterproof // James Cardamone // February 22, 2018 Today, I am one year sober from drugs and alcohol. I’m writing this post with the hope that it will help at least one person out there. For those closest to me, it was no secret that I had struggled for years, and by the end of…

Cuyahoga County Opiate Task Force // Becky Gray  Becky Gray, Data Analyst for the Cuyahoga County Opiate Taskforce created an interactive map that shows the Narcan distribution sites (blue squares) as well as all of the pharmacies that provide Narcan (orange circles) in Cuyahoga County. Click on the link below to view the map. https://cuyahogacountyhd.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=7094bad5d74e42bf8bd7502fd09fcaae

Smart Business // By Mark Scott Bill Ayars wanted so much to believe that his daughter, Jennifer Emerald Ayars, could get it all figured out and conquer her addiction. “As a parent, I would tend to focus on the behavior,” Ayars says. “Just stop doing that. Go get help. Quit hanging around with those people.…