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Be Aware of the Signs of Problem Gambling

March is one of my favorite months — not only because spring is right around the corner, but because of March Madness. If you’re a sports enthusiast like I am, you love filling out that bracket and watching to see if your team makes it to the finals. But March …

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Workforce Wellness: Not a Fad, but a Path to Real Savings

We’ve all seen more than a few fads and trends in our lifetimes. An activity, a celebrity or a dance style is huge for a while, but before long we look back and wonder “What were we thinking?” Because the concept was so new and different when it first emerged …

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Avoiding Holiday Stress…at Home and in the Workplace

Many of us vow every year to “get a jump on” the holidays so that everything doesn’t wind up being so last-minute and crazy. Of course, this is a very good idea — even though we sometimes fall a little short of the goal despite our best intentions and wind …

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Treating Addiction Is Expensive. Not Treating It Is More Expensive.

“Taxpayers shell out $100M for addicts” the headlines stated on the front page of the local daily newspaper. According to the story under the headline, the $100 million was made up of $37.5 million for Medicaid-funded treatment and $71 million in other publicly funded treatment. Clearly, the cost of treating …

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Protecting Your Children from Addiction

What were you stressed about when you were in eighth grade? I remember worrying about rushing home after school to check the score of the Cleveland Indians game. I was also anxious to get my homework done before Good Times, M*A*S*H or The Jeffersons came on one of the three …

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Beating America’s Last Stigma

It’s not unusual for strangers to start talking to me as if we’ve already met. In a way, I guess we have. “You’re the guy from TV, right?” they’ll say. “Yep, that’s me,” I reply. If they look hesitant, I’ll add something like, “Did you see I only got second …

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Ohio Legislators Take Action

As an organization that works with some of the most vulnerable among us, it is important to Meridian HealthCare to recognize that just providing a service is not enough. While our services are important, they’re only a small part of our obligation. It’s critical that we also include education and …

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Sharing Stories Can Turn Despair Into Hope

In 1935, a Wall Street golden boy by the name of Bill W., who had been dealing with his addiction to alcohol, met Dr. Bob at a mutual friend’s house in Akron, Ohio. Bill W. shared his story of alcoholism, and soon Dr. Bob opened up to him about his …

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