Pittsburgh and Cleveland Comedians to Be Featured in “Crossroads Comedy Rivalry”

Laugh All Night for $20 to Benefit Addiction Prevention Education — Thursday, October 20

Pittsburgh has the best professional hockey team (NHL Champs Penguins), Cleveland has the best basketball team (NBA Champions Cavaliers) — so which city has the best comedians? Area comedy fans will get a chance to find out at as two of Cleveland’s top stand-up comics join two of Pittsburgh’s best-known comedians in the Crossroads Comedy Rivalry, a Meridian HealthCare event sponsored by PNC Bank. Proceeds from the Crossroads Comedy Rivalry will help fund Addition Prevention Education and Treatment/Recovery programs at Meridian HealthCare to protect kids from drug addiction. Cleveland will be represented by Mike Paramore, a featured comedian on the Laughs TV show on FOX; and Bill Squire, one of Cleveland’s hottest comics and a rising star on the laugh circuit. Pittsburgh will counter with Aaron Kleiber, who was recently voted best comedian by Pittsburgh Magazine; and Mike Wysocki, who is known to Pittsburgh radio listeners. The event will take place on Thursday, October 20 at 7:00 pm in the Ford Recital Hall of the DeYor Performing Arts Center in downtown Youngstown. AC McCullough and Kelly Stevens from Hot-101 will serve as emcees.

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Former NBA Referee Will Detail His Recovery from the Gambling Addiction That Ended His Career

Tim Donaghy recently launched his motivational speaking career, which was inspired by his ongoing recovery from a serious gambling addiction that abruptly and permanently ended his successful 13-year career as an NBA referee. With a combination of insight, sincerity and enthusiasm, he hopes to encourage others to learn from his mistakes.

This event is FREE and open to the public and is co-sponsored by Meridian HealthCare, the Mahoning County Mental Health & Recovery Board, the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board, and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

WHO: Tim Donaghy, motivational speaker and former 13-year NBA referee

WHAT: Personal Foul, Donaghy’s account of the gambling addiction that ended his career

WHERE: Beeghly Center, Youngstown State University

WHEN: Sunday, October 16 • 7:00-8:30 pm

 

Protecting Our Children from Addiction – Part 1

by Larry Moliterno

In your life, certain moments stick with you. Not too long ago I attended a funeral of a young man in his 30s who had died from a heroin overdose.

I watched his mother standing next to the casket, as she looked at him in disbelief. I was nervous as I approached the casket, not sure what I could possibly say to her — but she did most of the talking. She talked about memories of her little boy, his dreams and hopes, how he was a good boy and had lots of friends. He liked watching football, loved his mom’s meatloaf, and dreamed of being an architect someday. He was someone’s best friend, a caring son, a hard worker. He was not just a statistic.

His mother knew he had been struggling with the disease of addiction for years. She had been involved in support groups with other parents. She prayed that it would never happen to her precious son — then she got that awful phone call. She stopped talking and simply looked up at me and said, “We have to stop this, we can’t let another mother go through this.” I couldn’t get her words out of my head.

No more than a week later, I was at the grocery store and saw a mother and her young baby. I watched how she held him and how she looked at him — so full of love, so full of hope for his future. How do we make sure that mother doesn’t get that awful phone call someday?

An ancient fable tells of a man who’s walking along the river and sees a baby floating in a basket. He jumps into the water, swims to the basket and brings the baby ashore. But as he gets to the shore, he sees ten more babies in the water. Soon the river is full of babies, and even the entire village can’t save them all. They realize that in order to stop the problem, they must prevent the babies from ending up in the water to begin with. So they go upstream together and find an ogre putting those babies into the river. They work together to chase him away.

Our community is facing a similar situation as it relates to the drug epidemic. As a community, we all have a drug problem. It creates problems in our schools, weakens our workforce, increases our healthcare costs, and makes our neighborhoods less safe. So like the ogre story, we have to go upstream to try and prevent the problem.

Think about what we do to protect our children from getting sick or being hurt. We bundle them up on a cold day and teach them to look both ways before crossing the street. Communities paint school crossing lines and establish lower speed limits near schools. Regulators mandate cars that beep until you buckle up, and legislators enact laws to make sure kids are in car seats.

Why don’t we go to such great lengths to protect them from addiction? More than 90 percent of adults who develop a substance use disorder began using before they were 18. Young people who start drinking by the age of 15 are five times more likely to develop an addiction than those who wait until the age of 21. The longer we can prevent the onset of use, the more we decrease the likelihood of them developing a problem.

In the next two installments of this series, I’ll discuss Risk and Protective Factors and how they play into prevention, and how you can get involved in protecting our children from addiction.

Insights & Inspiration Series #9 – “A Strategic Plan”

Think of your strategic plan as like a GPS system for your life. Set your destination, and then carefully plot the course of how you’ll get there.

In each episode of the Insights & Inspiration Series, Larry Moliterno, CEO of Meridian HealthCare gives you a glimpse of the thoughts, motivations and emotions that you react to every day. With a new understanding of yourself and others you will be inspired to deal with life, recovery and the other challenges you face.

The mission of Meridian HealthCare is eliminating addiction. It works toward that mission everyday by offering extensive treatment options, primary medical care, behavioral healthcare therapy and counseling.

Meridian HealthCare also provides the Mahoning Valley and surrounding areas with extensive Prevention programing and services. The professionals at Meridian believe that if you can protect your from car accidents and other risks, you should be able to protect them from drug addictions.

For more about services Meridian HealthCare offers please call 330-797-0070 (877-876-9954 toll-free) or contact us.

Insights & Inspiration Series #8 – “Protecting Our Kids”

We work hard to protect our kids from injury (seat belts, etc.). How can we protect them from the dangers of drug and alcohol addiction?

In each episode of the Insights & Inspiration Series, Larry Moliterno, CEO of Meridian HealthCare gives you a glimpse of the thoughts, motivations and emotions that you react to every day. With a new understanding of yourself and others you will be inspired to deal with life, recovery and the other challenges you face.

The mission of Meridian HealthCare is eliminating addiction. It works toward that mission everyday by offering extensive treatment options, primary medical care, behavioral healthcare therapy and counseling.

Meridian HealthCare also provides the Mahoning Valley and surrounding areas with extensive Prevention programing and services. The professionals at Meridian believe that if you can protect your from car accidents and other risks, you should be able to protect them from drug addictions.

For more about services Meridian HealthCare offers please call 330-797-0070 (877-876-9954 toll-free) or contact us.

Meridian HealthCare and Compass Family & Community Services Debut New Project Focused on Integrated Healthcare

Meridian HealthCare and Compass Family & Community Services conducted an open house last week for invited guests and elected officials to showcase their newly renovated facility in Warren, OH.

The new renovated facility opened on Monday, August 15th and is located at COMPASS’ current site, 320 High Street NE. This new project truly integrates primary and behavioral healthcare by embedding primary healthcare into both medication assisted treatment and recovery based programming. Meridian will also offer general family medicine services to the community in Trumbull County.

“COMPASS sees this strategic partnership as innovative and a great opportunity for the residents of Trumbull County to get their behavioral and primary healthcare under one roof,” stated Joseph F. Caruso, President & CEO of COMPASS. “We know this holistic approach will eliminate barriers to service and help improve the health of our community.”

The project could not have happened without the support of the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board, who helped secure a portion of the funds for the renovated building from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

“The addiction services provided for so many years at the COMPASS High Street location have helped hundreds of people achieve recovery and lead productive, fulfilling lives.  The added health services here will reduce barriers to accessing them and more people get well and stay well.  We are fortunate to have them in our community,” said April Caraway, Executive Director of the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 330-318-3871.

 

Insights & Inspiration Series #7 – “Others’ perspective”

Putting yourself in someone else’s shoes, far from being just a cliché, is actually one of the surest ways to build trust between yourself and others.

In each episode of the Insights & Inspiration Series, Larry Moliterno, CEO of Meridian HealthCare gives you a glimpse of the thoughts, motivations and emotions that you react to every day. With a new understanding of yourself and others you will be inspired to deal with life, recovery and the other challenges you face.

The mission of Meridian HealthCare is eliminating addiction. It works toward that mission everyday by offering extensive treatment options, primary medical care, behavioral healthcare therapy and counseling.

Meridian HealthCare also provides the Mahoning Valley and surrounding areas with extensive Prevention programing and services. The professionals at Meridian believe that if you can protect your from car accidents and other risks, you should be able to protect them from drug addictions.

 

Insights & Inspiration Series #6 – “Chasing Perfection”

Perfection is something that can never actually be attained. But by striving for it, we can achieve excellence.

In each episode of the Insights & Inspiration Series, Larry Moliterno, CEO of Meridian HealthCare gives you a glimpse of the thoughts, motivations and emotions that you react to every day. With a new understanding of yourself and others you will be inspired to deal with life, recovery and the other challenges you face.

The mission of Meridian HealthCare is eliminating addiction. It works toward that mission everyday by offering extensive treatment options, primary medical care, behavioral healthcare therapy and counseling.

Meridian HealthCare also provides the Mahoning Valley and surrounding areas with extensive Prevention programing and services. The professionals at Meridian believe that if you can protect your from car accidents and other risks, you should be able to protect them from drug addictions.

 

Insights & Inspiration Series #5 – “Emotions”

Taking the time to understand our emotions and what’s really behind them can make a tremendous difference in how we interact with and relate to others.

In each episode of the Insights & Inspiration Series, Larry Moliterno, CEO of Meridian HealthCare gives you a glimpse of the thoughts, motivations and emotions that you react to every day. With a new understanding of yourself and others you will be inspired to deal with life, recovery and the other challenges you face.

The mission of Meridian HealthCare is eliminating addiction. It works toward that mission everyday by offering extensive treatment options, primary medical care, behavioral healthcare therapy and counseling.

Meridian HealthCare also provides the Mahoning Valley and surrounding areas with extensive Prevention programing and services. The professionals at Meridian believe that if you can protect your from car accidents and other risks, you should be able to protect them from drug addictions.

 

Insights & Inspiration Series #4 – “The Power of Care”

The best life is one of caring about others, and also appreciating those people in your life who care about you.

In each episode of the Insights & Inspiration Series, Larry Moliterno, CEO of Meridian HealthCare gives you a glimpse of the thoughts, motivations and emotions that you react to every day. With a new understanding of yourself and others you will be inspired to deal with life, recovery and the other challenges you face.

The mission of Meridian HealthCare is eliminating addiction. It works toward that mission everyday by offering extensive treatment options, primary medical care, behavioral healthcare therapy and counseling.

Meridian HealthCare also provides the Mahoning Valley and surrounding areas with extensive Prevention programming and services. The professionals at Meridian believe that if you can protect your from car accidents and other risks, you should be able to protect them from drug addictions.