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Help Us Change the World
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Help Us Change the World

Earlier this week having learned that 43 individuals in Cuyahoga County lost their lives to a fatal overdose since Memorial Day, the reality is daunting.  Ohio is experiencing the highest per capita fatal overdose death rate in the nation.  Eleven Ohioans every day die from a fatal overdose anticipating that more than 800 will die...

National #SaveMedicaid Virtual Rally
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National #SaveMedicaid Virtual Rally

Today is national #SaveMedicaid Day!  The Women’s Recovery Center is asking that you stand with us and the 23 million Americans that are in danger of losing access to medical care.  We are asking you to make your voice heard by calling, tweeting and posting your concerns to your families and communities that will be...

Addiction in the State of Ohio
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Addiction in the State of Ohio

Last week, the Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that he was filing a lawsuit against five manufacturers of prescription opioids because they overstated their benefits to patients and diminished the impact of addiction. Ohio has experienced substantial damage to its budget because of the increased need for addiction treatment, more children in the foster...

Action Today! Contact your Senator for WRC
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Action Today! Contact your Senator for WRC

In a 217-213 vote of the House of Representatives, 24 million Americans are one step closer to losing access to health insurance.  Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks in a public statement said that people with pre-existing conditions didn’t “lead good lives” and should pay more for insurance.  Later in the interview,  he did indicate that a...

A Story of Perseverance and Recovery
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A Story of Perseverance and Recovery

Sara began using alcohol and prescription opiates recreationally in high school and college because it helped her deal with her anxiety and stress. She was a good student, worked hard and graduated with honors. She moved in with her boyfriend, Brad (not his real name). After graduation, they married, had good jobs, rented a house...

Overdoses in Cuyahoga County
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Overdoses in Cuyahoga County

While others focused on the festivities of Super Bowl weekend, the news updates on the number of accidental overdoses seemed to climb.  WEWS reported that there were twenty-five overdoses resulting in fourteen fatalities.  In January, there were 25 fatal overdoses.  Having read a few comments, I wanted to share a story from a few years...

Super Bowl LI with Tostitos
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Super Bowl LI with Tostitos

PepsiCo’s Tostitos snack brand has unveiled a limited-edition ‘Party Safe’ bag just in time for the Super Bowl on February 5th.  Tostitos may not be advertising in this year’s Super Bowl, but it still plans to have its presence felt during, and after, the Super Bowl while promoting corporate responsibility.  Beer, pizza and wings are...

Misunderstandings about Addiction
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Misunderstandings about Addiction

Again this morning, the news repeatedly featured a couple from Florida that overdosed in a vehicle with their young daughters in the back seat.  It is always my concern that these pictures are intended to shock addicts into simply stop using. Instead these images create anger and more misunderstandings about addiction. I realize that it...

Expanding Addiction Treatment
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Expanding Addiction Treatment

Cuyahoga County, the City of Cleveland – Cleveland City Hall, and the ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County have pledged $1.5 million expand addiction treatment in Cuyahoga County. Much like our partners at the city and county level, we at the Women’s Recovery Center are working to make treatment more accessible. Our Capital Campaign will make...

Recovery is Possible: A Letter to the Women’s Recovery Center
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Recovery is Possible: A Letter to the Women’s Recovery Center

A few weeks ago I was saddened by the videos that surfaced of small and frightened children desperately trying to awaken a parent that was overdosing. Then earlier this week, a father recorded his son’s reaction to his mother’s overdose death. He defended his action by saying that addicts need to see the consequences of...