The heroin epidemic in our city has more than likely touched many of us. Heroin and opiod addiction is proving to be an equal opportunity destroyer of families all over Northeast Ohio. Good kids are dying, and great families are being destroyed.
Our community is facing an epidemic so severe that drug overdose deaths are now the leading cause of accidental death in America, at nearly 44,000 per year (and climbing).
Having been touched by this epidemic within our circle, we have an intimate perspective on the disease of addiction. Our personal experience has provided insight on the needs of addicts and an absence of long term treatment services available in Northeast Ohio.
The traditional 30-day treatment cycle is simple not enough to treat this addiction. The disease is powerful and it is relentless. Long-term residential care that includes discussion groups and 12-step meetings has proven to be the most effective in terms of battling addiction. Unfortunately, Northeast Ohio offers only a few of these facilities. With the increasing numbers becoming addicted it is clear to us that something needs to be done in terms of increasing access to long-term residential care facilities.About Hearts, Hands, and Voices