Meridian HealthCare Comedy Show Coming This Fall

An evening of laughter comes to the Ford Family Recital Hall at DeYor Performing Arts Center in Downtown Youngstown on October 18th at 7:00 p.m. when Meridian HealthCare presents a Live Comedy Show.

Proceeds from the show will benefit Meridian’s Recovery and Prevention programs in the Mahoning Valley.

Tickets and more information to be announced soon.

Recovery Road #5 – Entering treatment

In this segment of Recovery Road, Julie Lenyk and Meghan Fawcett talk about what to expect when entering treatment for the first time.

See the complete Recovery Road video series on this page.

Meridian HealthCare Featured in The Business Journal

An interview with The Business Journal featured “3 Minutes With” Larry Moliterno on Wednesday, May 24th.

The interview highlighted despite the news coverage of over doses in the Mahoning Valley it is important to recognize there are a tremendous number of people in treatment and recovery. Larry, CEO of Meridian HealthCare, also gave his perspective on what needs to be done from a legislative stand point in order to better serve the individuals that come to Meridian for Residential Services.

Further, Moliterno discusses the role businesses play in making an initial investment in private insurance that will cover behavioral health the same way they do primary health. This way employees are healthier, and over time can reduce the cost of addiction related illnesses that are costly to business owners.

The full interview can be found on The Business Journal’s Website

*Photo credit to The Business Journal

PANDA Leaders Club event honors participants, scholarship recipients

A celebration of the PANDA Leaders Club in the Mahoning Valley took place Monday, May 22 at the Holiday Inn in Boardman.

The event recognized the successes of PANDA in 2016-2017 and included recognition of participating schools, funders and donors.

In addition, the 2017 Meridian Scholarships were announced. This year’s winners (shown L–R with Meridian HealthCare CEO Larry Moliterno) were Cade Santha, Kaitlin Windt and Courtney Segool, all of Boardman High School; and Heaven Miller (not shown) of Mineral Ridge High School.

PANDA Leaders Club Celebration Will Recognize Participants, Announce Scholarship Award

A celebration of the PANDA Leaders Club in the Mahoning Valley will take place Monday, May 22 at 7:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn in Boardman.

The event will celebrate the successes of PANDA in 2016-2017 and will include recognition of participating schools, funders and donors. In addition, the 2017 Meridian Scholarship will be announced.

Breakfast will be served. The Boardman Holiday Inn is located at 7410 South Avenue. If you plan to attend, please RSVP Renee Amacher by calling (330) 259-8623 or emailing ramacher@MeridianHealthCare.net

Meridian part of a panel discussion at Brownlee Woods on the opioid addiction crisis

Larry Moliterno, president/CEO of Meridian HealthCare, was part of a panel of five experts who examined the opioid addiction crisis and helped educate residents on what is being done to meet this growing problem head-on. The event was sponsored by the Brownlee Woods Neighborhood Association.

Joining Moliterno on the panel were:

  • Hon. John M. Durkin, Mahoning County Court of Common Pleas Judge, who oversees the Mahoning County Drug Court
  • Robin Lees, Youngstown Police Chief
  • Jerry Greene, Mahoning County Sheriff
  • Amy Klumpp, Drug Court Coordinator for the mahoning County Mental Health & Recovery Board

A complete video of the event can be viewed here.

Alcohol Addiction Remains a Significant Problem

If someone says “addiction,” what is the next word that comes to your mind? Given the events of the last few years, it’s likely to be something like drug addiction, opioid addiction or heroin addiction.

Of course, the severity of the drug addiction problem in the U.S. can never be minimized. However, we should also not lose sight of the impact alcohol addiction has had, and continues to have, on our population.

The statistics paint a chilling picture. Some 16.3 million adults in the U.S. had an alcohol use disorder in 2014. This includes an estimated 679,000 adolescents ages 12-17. Nearly 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes annually in the United States. And the toll on society goes well beyond individuals with alcohol abuse problems and their families. There are nearly 10,000 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities each year. And in 2010, alcohol misuse problems cost the U.S. $249 billion.

Of course, numbers can’t tell the very personal stories of those who suffer from alcohol abuse and their families. Alcoholism on the part of one or more members can stress a family to the breaking point — impacting the stability of the home, as well as the family’s unity, mental health, physical health and finances.

If you suspect a family member or friend may be wrestling with alcoholism, there are certain “signposts” you can look for:

  1. A future alcoholic usually starts with “social drinking,” but the road to alcoholism begins when the drinking is no longer social but becomes a means of psychological escape from tensions.
  2. The time will come when an individual who was previously able to stop drinking when they chose to can no longer do so. At this point, what had been a psychological habit becomes a physical addiction. Once this person takes a single drink, they cannot stop — and that single drink is likely to trigger a chain reaction that will continue without a break into a state of complete intoxication.
  3. This person soon finds that he or she cannot face the day without alcohol. By now, a pattern of anti-social behavior has set in, and the loss of friends, family members and employment does nothing to change the alcoholic’s behavior. Nor will landing in the hospital or consultation with a family physician have more than a temporary effect.
  4. Any alibis the alcoholic had been making for his or her behavior up to this point will collapse, and they will be forced to admit that their drinking is beyond their ability to control. Only when he or she is fully willing to seek and accept rehabilitation, and realizes that they can never drink again — ever, under any circumstances — is there hope for recovery.

The recovery process can be long and arduous, but millions of recovering alcoholics are proof that it can work. There are many resources in the community available to the alcoholic and his or her family, including treatment programs provided by Meridian HealthCare and other entities. Call (330) 797-0070 for more information.

Addicted Brain, Addicted Body #6 – Professional Satisfaction of Addiction Treatment

As part of the Addicted Brain, Addicted Body video series, Dr. Daniel Brown, Addiction Medicine Specialist and Chief Medical Officer of Meridian HealthCare, tells of the professional and personal satisfaction he has achieved in his career by helping those who are addicted.

To see all the videos in the Addicted Brain, Addicted Body series, go to this page.

Recovery Road #4 – The family’s role

In this segment of Recovery Road, Julie Lenyk, Ph.D, Director of Recovery Support Services; and Meghan Fawcett, Vice President of Clinical Treatment for Meridian HealthCare; discuss the role of the family in helping a loved one recover from alcohol or drug addiction, as well as the resources available to support them.

See the complete Recovery Road video series on this page.

Addicted Brain, Addicted Body #5: The Stigma of Addiction

In this edition of the Addicted Brain, Addicted Body video series, Dr. Daniel Brown, Addiction Medicine Specialist and Chief Medical Officer of Meridian HealthCare, notes that unfortunately there is still a stigma attached to addiction, and also to addiction treatment.

To see all the videos in the Addicted Brain, Addicted Body series, go to this page.