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FRC experiences growth

The Family Recovery Center has opened a new recovery house for women called Brenda’s House, which is located in Salem. The house was named after a dedicated community volunteer and advocate who has helped hundreds in recovery within Columbiana County and throughout Ohio. Brenda Hamilton is also a devoted member of the 317 Board. The house has the capacity for six women, whom must be at least 30 days sober and enrolled in our outpatient treatment program. This residence gives individuals who are struggling with addiction a safe place to get back on their feet.

The past year has been a time of continued growth for the Family Recovery Center. There has been a restructuring of staffing and we are now offering clinical services at the Eloise V. Traina Center (formally known as the Oxford House) in Salem.

The Eloise V. Traina Center is currently serving more than 30 clients and this number is steadily increasing. The office also continues to host12 recovery meetings a week and serves as a safe meeting place for more than 300 recovering community members.

The Family Recovery Center has expanded their offices, making it more accessible and convenient for those who live in the area to join their outpatient treatment program. The center plans on expanding its reach further by adding several new recovery houses in the East Liverpool area in the coming months.

The Family Recovery Center’s Prevention/Education Department has been collecting information regarding electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). The data pertaining to this growing health threat is being used to educate youth and young adults about the risks associated with the use of these products. Vaping, also known as JUULing, has become increasingly popular among middle and high school students.

According to the Center on Addiction, vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling vapor from an electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) or similar device. Youth are often unaware that the liquid used to generate vapor contains varying amounts of toxic chemicals.

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), teen vaping has reached “epidemic proportions” and our organization has become dedicated to raising awareness in the community. As e-cigarettes overtake tobacco products in popularity, we are tasked with addressing misinformation and the epidemic at large.

We are reaching out to alert you to this growing trend among students and to enlist your support in addressing it. We encourage you to take some time to learn more about this issue and know that e-cigarettes and other vaping devices are not only being used for nicotine, but they are also being used to vaporize marijuana.

The Family Recovery Center participates in the countywide Drug Free Workplace. We provide programs for employers in the area to help prevent employee drug-use in the workplace. We will continue to recruit businesses for these trainings to promote a healthy environment for all employers/employees.

This is especially important now due to the legalization of medical marijuana (non-smoking forms) for certain medical conditions when recommended by an eligible physician in Ohio. The impact of this new law on the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) is limited. It has not adversely affected the Drug Free Safety Program and will not require BWC to pay for patient access to marijuana. For additional information regarding any of our programming, call 330-424-1468.

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