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Substance Use Disorder

By: John Brown, Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant and Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist Assistant It’s that time again – great food, family, and friends. Sounds like fun, right? For many struggling with addiction, the holidays can be very stressful. Instead of feeling peace on earth, you may feel anxiety, sadness, regret, or depression. Lurking amongst the holly and turkey are numerous threats to your sobriety. Between family stress, financial strain, travel plans, and unrealistic expectations lie many factors that could trigger a craving. Here are six tips

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’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. 

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.

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