Winners Announced in Ohio’s Opioid Technology Challenge

After the Trump Administration declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency both the federal government down to small Ohio towns have been doing everything they can to relieve the state of its deadly drug addiction. Grants have been given out, new programs have formed, and the numbers of non-fentanyl
3rd step

What Does the 3rd Step Really Mean?

Walking into 12-step meetings for the first time after leaving inpatient treatment is an intimidating first step, no pun intended. The people are friendly, there are free snacks and coffee, and everyone listens to you when you talk about your problems – what’s so scary about that? For many, the
suboxone maintenance

Is Suboxone Maintenance Good or Bad?

Opioids have been responsible for thousands of preventable deaths across the U.S. over the last several years but federal authorities down to small-town governments are doing all they can to stem the flow of death and overdose. New treatments and methods include more community health centers, better training for first
Sober Living

Why Sober Living is Important After Treatment 

When you quit drinking or using drugs, everything is supposed to get better, right? While getting clean can be freeing it can also be jarring and frightening which can send some right back to addiction. If you’ve been using drugs or drinking heavily for years, learning how to live your

Ohio Opens Heartland High: First School for Students with Addiction 

Not many states have seen the consequences of the opioid crisis like Ohio. The Buckeye State has more overdose deaths per capita than any other state but West Virginia, and law enforcement and public health officials are doing all they can to reverse the trend.  Current strategies include better access
heroin detox

What is It Like to Detox from Heroin?

Heroin is a powerful drug. Not many other drugs cause the cravings and withdrawals like this powerful opioid – which is what makes stopping so difficult. If you’re ready to quit heroin for good or are thinking about treatment, you’re probably the most curious about the detox process. Will detox
taking action

Taking Action in Early Recovery 

The first few days, weeks, and months after getting sober can be the most difficult part of your life. It’s not difficult to say no to your drug of choice for a few hours or days at a time but real recovery takes work and dedication, especially early on. The
Grateful addict

What it Means to Be a Grateful Addict 

In recovery, you will often hear the phrase ‘grateful addict.’ What the heck are they talking about? How can you be grateful when drugs cost you your marriage or when alcohol cost you your driver’s license? Being a grateful addict sounds complicated but the importance of gratitude in recovery cannot
addicted inmates

Ohio Jails Using Medication for Addicted Inmates

Hamilton County and its jail sit it in the Ohio River Valley, one of the hardest-hit parts of the country by the ongoing opioid crisis. The jail is packed with prisoners in for opioid-related crimes and while they’re forced to leave their addiction at the door, most pick it up
emotional sobriety

Learning About Emotional Sobriety 

Anyone that’s been addicted to drugs or alcohol knows that quitting is only one step in lifelong sobriety. If getting and staying clean was as simple as only not using or drinking, recovery rates would skyrocket. Yet there are several people who go back to using after a few days