Fellow citizens, as you well know, our region became the epicenter of the opioid epidemic approximately 2 decades ago. Big Pharma targeted our region with an influx of medications under the guise of non-addictive healthcare and pain management. Local pharmacists and physicians were targeted in this strategy, and our families and neighborhoods were changed almost instantly. In a matter of years, our declining employment opportunities reached levels of despair. Neighborhoods were left in disrepair, and our loved ones throughout southcentral Ohio witnessed the deaths
It is my pleasure to represent what is one of the most comprehensive, long-standing, non-profit behavioral health agencies in the state of Ohio and I am excited to share our agency’s perspectives and some pertinent data with all of you this morning.
It’s the assumption that treatment agencies owe Portsmouth. And this completely disregards and minimizes the positive things treatment centers bring to this community; what the recovery community brings to Portsmouth.
Canaries in the Coal Mine: The Importance of Eliminating the Separation Between Psychiatric Care and Addiction Treatment in Appalachia
As an ode to Appalachian folklore, Appalachian communities have very much become a canary in a coal mine for pharmaceutical companies and, dare I say, insurance companies, as the disposable and invisible birds to prey on for profit.
The Counseling Center has a history of keeping supportive environments for recovery at the forefront of its strategic plan. TCC has been providing safe, supervised housing for our clients while in treatment since the mid-’90s.
We know that substance use and mental health disorders have the potential to impact a family entirely – and we want to be able to offer appropriate, impactful treatment to families.
In life and recovery, many times, things don't always go as we hoped. Being able to see trouble before it happens and being able to adjust your plans to place yourself in the best situation is a must for sustaining recovery.