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Gear up for the Great American Smokeout

“Liz” hadn’t known what to say when the doctor told her why she was short of breath. She had been a smoker for a very long time when she stopped smoking 15 years ago. She remembers how she used to get into her car and go anywhere she wanted or needed to go. She scrubbed down the walls ...

One year clean: A recovery story

Substance abuse. It can happen to anyone by choice or injury. “Sally” made the choice to use drugs that first time to fit in with her friends. Peer pressure is a strong thing, she said, as she sat down to share her story that brought her to Family Recovery Center’s Fleming House. She ...

DV Awareness Month: What is domestic violence?

You might be surprised to learn that you could be inadvertently participating in domestic violence. When you hear the phrase, “domestic violence,” what is the immediate image that flashes into your mind? Is it a bruised and beaten woman who may well be fighting for her very life? Many a ...

Recovery: A continuing process

The National Recovery Month recognition is concluded for 2018. Articles have been written, stories of recovery and the struggles associated with recovery shared. Every day others begin their recovery journey. Recovery is ongoing throughout the rest of the individual’s life, if they can manage ...

True beauty isn’t created with an airbrush

Open letter to young ladies: I remember thinking I was the ugliest girl ever to be born. I didn’t talk to my mother about it because I didn’t want to hurt her feelings. After all, she was the one who brought me into this world. We didn’t talk about this until I was married with children ...

GUEST COLUMN: Trump Jr. : Sherrod Brown is no friend to my father’s agenda

Campaign season always draws out the fakes and phonies among elected officials, and this year is no exception.  Among the worst offenders are Democrat Senators who are up for reelection in states my father won in 2016. They are desperately pretending to be aligned with him on issues of ...

New tax law creates ‘Opportunity Zones’ for struggling communities

Ohioans are already seeing many of the positive results of the tax cut and tax reform legislation that became law before the first of the year—in their paychecks, in their businesses, and in their communities. One provision of the new tax law you may not have heard of, “Opportunity ...

You are part of public health concerns

The woman could not find a reason to continue living. She had some mental health issues, had some alcohol problems in the past, but now was living a reclusive life, isolated by the mistakes she made during her lifetime. She didn’t seem to understand “forgiveness.” She’d snapped at her ...

GUEST COLUMN: Tax cut misinformation campaign continues

Larger paychecks may be around the corner — yet again. As we speak, Congress is working on "Tax Cuts 2.0," which would make many of the reforms in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) permanent, and extend tax relief to millions more Americans. But, the recent tax cuts are never without their ...

National Recovery Month being observed

Everyone has problems. Everyone falls short. Everyone has experienced loss, grief, love, joy. Many have faced catastrophic illness. And many have suffered mental illness, or the chaos and destruction of substance abuse or a combination of the two. How easily one can be distracted from the path ...

Hidden disaster of State Issue 1

Too many people in our criminal justice system are there because of substance abuse disorders. This is undeniable. We know that substance abuse disorders are a major driver in criminal justice spending. We also know that through long-term treatment and therapy, those addicted can lead ...

Dark emotions aren’t always bad

When you get into fixing yourself it can get kind of sticky. Denial is easy. Telling yourself the truth is difficult. And who hasn’t been part of Procrastinators Anonymous? (Tonight’s meeting is postponed.) In a recent article we mentioned how important it is to change your thinking from ...

Fixing the Clean Power Plan is a sensible first step

Washington loves controversy. And critics are undoubtedly clucking right now about the Trump administration's plan to replace the Clean Power Plan (CPP) with a modified effort. But the administration deserves credit for updating the plan, rather than scrapping it entirely. For starters, the ...

Does poverty threaten brain power?

When she was in fifth grade, “Kay” wanted to be in the band. Students took a music test. Kay did not pass the test. She was told she could not be in band and would never be able to learn to read music. But in junior high she was allowed to be in the choir and in ninth grade became a ...

Resilience: How tough are you?

When a problem arises, how do you respond to it? How were you programmed to respond to life’s unexpected twists and turns that sometimes are overwhelming and test you to your limits? How much resilience do you have? Do you know what that even means? Resilience is the ability to be tough, to ...

Talk to your teens about marijuana

The discussions about marijuana are heated. There is a lot of misinformation, some call it “propaganda,” and some believe it is harmless. In the interests of educating yourself, you will be in a better position to have important discussions with your teens. You love them and you want ...

Medical marijuana not without legal responsibilities

You may believe that using marijuana is harmless. You may want to use medical marijuana to control your pain and be willing to jump through the hoops required by law to get it. That is your choice. Employers in Ohio must make the decision whether or not to allow employees to use it, on the job ...

Hope for the best when it comes to Kavanaugh

To begin with, I am not overly excited about Brett Kavanaugh as the Supreme Court nominee. He is too closely aligned with the pseudo-conservative, Hillary supporting, swamp creature Bush family (sorry swamps, I know you have redeeming qualities, Washington DC is a sewer. Doesn’t DC stand ...