Addicted Brain, Addicted Body #4 – Other addictions are still a problem

In this edition of the Addicted Brain, Addicted Body video series, Dr. Daniel Brown, Addiction Medicine Specialist and Chief Medical Officer of Meridian HealthCare, says that while addiction to heroin and other opiates grabs most of the headlines, we should not forget that addiction to other drugs, alcohol and even gambling remains a significant problem.

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Recovery Road #3 – How long will recovery take?

As part of the Recovery Road video series, Julie Lenyk, Ph.D, Director of Recovery Support Services; and Meghan Fawcett, Vice President of Clinical Treatment for Meridian HealthCare; answer viewers’ questions about how long recovery from addiction takes, and also the reluctance to seek treatment.

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Addicted Brain, Addicted Body #3: The use of Narcan to reverse an overdose

As part of the Addicted Brain, Addicted Body video series, Dr. Daniel Brown, Addiction Medicine Specialist and Chief Medical Officer of Meridian HealthCare, discusses some of the myths that have grown up around using Narcan to reverse opiate overdoses.

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Addicted Brain, Addicted Body #2 – Behind the recent surge in opiate addiction

As part of the Addicted Brain, Addicted Body video series, Dr. Daniel Brown, Addiction Medicine Specialist and Chief Medical Officer of Meridian HealthCare, talks about some of the factors that have led to the tremendous increase in opiate addiction over the past two decades.

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Recovery Road #2 – Treatment Options

As part of Meridian’s Recovery Road video series, Julie Lenyk, Ph.D, Director of Recovery Support Services; and Meghan Fawcett, Vice President of Clinical Treatment for Meridian HealthCare; discuss the many different treatment options available that can help those addicted to drugs or alcohol to turn their lives around.

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Recovery Road #1 – How to Seek Treatment

As part of Meridian’s Recovery Road video series, Julie Lenyk, Ph.D, Director of Recovery Support Services; and Meghan Fawcett, Vice President of Clinical Treatment for Meridian HealthCare; talk about the first steps someone addicted to drugs or alcohol can take to seek treatment for their addiction.

 

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Addicted Brain, Addicted Body #1 – The history of opiate addiction

As part of Meridian’s Addicted Brain, Addicted Body video series, Dr. Daniel Brown, Addiction Medicine Specialist and Chief Medical Officer of Meridian HealthCare, outlines the history of opiate addiction that led up to the crisis we face today.

 

 

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Meridian’s Dr. Daniel Brown and Jim Evans participate in addiction panel discussion

Jim Evans, Meridian Senior Vice President (far left) and Dr. Daniel Brown, Meridian Chief Medical Officer (far right) were among the participants at this event.

(Reprinted from the Warren Tribune-Chronicle)

WARREN — Local residents learned how drug addiction affects families during a panel discussion Monday at North-Mar Church.

The event, hosted by Trumbull County Children Services, included periods when people spoke with representatives from agencies throughout Trumbull County.

Panel members included Dr. Daniel Brown, chief medical officer at Meridian Healthcare; Jodie Milhoan, facilitator of Trumbull County’s Family Dependency Treatment Court; Jim Evans, senior vice president at Meridian Healthcare; Tim Schaffner, executive director of Trumbull County Children Services; and Lauren Thorp, project director of the Alliance on Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP).

Up to 15 local agencies and recovery centers had tables set up with information for attendees. A table for the Valley Counseling Services was manned by Toni Blake, community development coordinator, who said that her table had informed at least 40 people since the event had started.

“I hope that people take away that there is hope, they don’t need to suffer alone,” Blake said.

Blake added that she had seen a mix of people coming to her for information, from grandparents to parents to siblings, which she said reflects how the opiate epidemic is affecting everyone.

Renee Mraulak with the Trumbull County Children Services said the purpose of the discussion was to educate the community on how addiction affects children and the need for foster families.

“This is the first town hall we’ve ever sponsored,” Mraulak said. “The need for foster homes has increased so we’re reaching out to the people to meet the needs of our children.”

Christian Education Director Sue Dennis with First Presbyterian Church was at the Children Services’ table getting information to start a series at her church about what people can do to help in the area.

“We had thought about starting our series in September,” Dennis said, “But now after seeing the need I think we’ll start in April.”

After the initial period where people could peruse the agencies’ tables, the panel discussion began at 7 p.m. and was moderated by April Caraway, executive director for the Trumbull Mental Health and Recovery Board. During the discussion, the speakers covered various topics from how the need for foster families has increased to why people begin taking drugs.

“The common misconception is that it’s just people experimenting with drugs or looking for a high,” said Brown, who explained many factors lead to addiction ranging from generational to environmental issues to depression or medication.

Schaffner told the audience that the opiate epidemic is having an especially difficult impact on children, and said that from 2014 to 2016, the number of children in Children Services’ custody went up 40 percent.

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Success in Recovery: Joan’s story

Meghan Fawcett, Vice President of Clinical Treatment for Meridian HealthCare, relates the story of Joan, a woman with children who faced serious addiction problems but who was helped by Meridian HealthCare treatment programs.

Success in Recovery: Joe’s story

Meghan Fawcett, Vice President of Clinical Treatment for Meridian HealthCare, relates the story of Joe, a high school senior who turned his life around thanks to Meridian treatment programs.