Alcohol and drug abuse is widespread within our society. It affects many of our industries in many different ways. Although national, state, and local efforts have shown encouraging results in detecting employees under the influence, the problem of alcohol and drug abuse in the workplace remains to be a serious issue.
The word recovery is a general term that is used to explain a transitional time in life; whether it is an athlete recovering
from a knee injury, a family member who is recovering from losing a loved one, a child recovering from a mental
illness, or an adult recovering from an addiction.
The journey to recovery can be difficult for an individual with a mental illness and/or addiction. This can be particularly true for a youth or young adult who is dealing with a mental illness and/or addiction along with the everyday challenges of growing up.
Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” and just as with physical health, behavioral health prevention and wellness promotion services are cost-effective. They reduce crime, improve school/work attendance and performance and save costs associated with child welfare.
Human trafficking is the illegal trade of human beings for commercial sexual exploitation and forced labor. Federal law defines victims of human trafficking as children involved in the sex trade, adults age 18 or over who are coerced or deceived into commercial sex acts, and anyone forced into different forms of “labor or services”.
Suicide is a growing public health problem in Ohio and across the country as the number of lives lost continues to rise. Approximately 36,000 Americans die by suicide each year and 8.4 million (3.7%) of Americans had serious thoughts of suicide in the past year.
Treatment Works...People Recover; Recovering People Work; Working People Pay Taxes. The above statement is a fact, and frankly it’s an important concept; work is an important component of recovery. Experts in the behavioral health ﬁeld increasingly acknowledge that work is a key factor in supporting recovery from an addiction and/or mental illness.
“Bath salts” are a new and emerging designer drug that has recently surfaced as a significant problem in Ohio, as well as around the nation. These are not the typical bath salts used to spruce up your bathing ritual, but drugs sold as bath salts that have no legitimate use, intended for substance abuse.
For most of us, work is part of who we are. When we are able to feel good about what we do, we are able to see ourselves in a more positive light. Work helps to provide structure and routine to our lives and contributes to overall health. Income earned on the job gives us choices about what we will buy, where we will live, and allows us to make our own choices across the board. For those with severe mental illness or suffering from an addiction, working provides the same benefits, and can be an essential piece of the recovery puzzle.
In Ohio, our opiate problem has reached epidemic proportions. Based on annual averages, four people in Ohio died today from accidental overdose. That estimate will be the same again for tomorrow and the day after that and the day after that. If this epidemic is not addressed individuals throughout Ohio will continue to die needlessly.
Addiction is a complex brain disease. It is a chronic disease characterized by craving, seeking, and use that can persist even in the face of extremely negative consequences. Alcohol and other drug seeking behavior may become compulsive, in large part, as a result of the effects of prolonged use on brain functioning and on behavior.
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is a form of pharmacotherapy and refers to any treatment for a substance use disorder that includes a pharmacologic intervention as part of a comprehensive substance abuse treatment plan with an ultimate goal of patient recovery. Particularly in the case of opioid addictions, patients find it hard to remain engaged in treatment because the withdrawal symptoms and the cravings are so strong.