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Stories by topic: Mental Health & Addiction Services

  • The City Mission Cuyahoga

    They [our clients] are able to better parent, they’re able to maintain employment, and that’s really our goal – to help our clients to move to a place of self-sufficiency

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  • “I wouldn’t be able to help people as I do without my own medical treatment, my own healthcare, and without Medicaid.”

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  • Terri Erie

    My case manager’s compassion and concern for me allowed me to find the courage to change, ask questions about my recovery and become the person I am today.

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  • Monique and Joy Cuyahoga

    After I was introduced to Cleveland Housing Network and [social worker] Tamika in 2003, my life changed drastically. I have a home. I have conquered my demons. I have returned to college after 10 years, and I have a 4.0 GPA.

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  • Henry Huffman Montgomery

    In the battle over addiction, personal strength is only a part of what it takes to win. Supportive environments can help change lives and boost the possibility of individual success. Sometimes in the process, entire communities are transformed.

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  • In 2004, due to complications from her mental illness, Jennifer could no longer work…

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  • Steven Cuyahoga

    The reason why I love it here as opposed to other places is because it’s vets. I love being around veterans, because they understand what I’ve been though. They know exactly what I’m talking about. You won’t find a better place for vets anywhere.

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  • Monty Franklin

    Monty was homeless, addicted to crack, and a dealer. Things changed when he discovered he was about to become a father again in his fifties.

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  • Ron Franklin

    For the first time in my adult life, I have new things to do and places to explore that don’t have anything to do with alcohol. A whole new world has opened up for me and every day is a new possibility.

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  • William R. Franklin

    “I was a wreck when I first got here – I didn’t want to be here. But it has helped me more than anyone will ever know.”

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  • William D. Franklin

    “For a while, I was real, real mad. I used to blow up. Now I’m learning to think before I act and calm down.”

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  • Stephanie T. Franklin

    “I used to hide everything that I thought and everything that I felt. I just did whatever I wanted to do and I didn’t care if it affected anyone else. Now, I’ve learned to be a more outgoing and caring kind of person.”

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  • Keith H. Franklin

    “I am so grateful to Alvis House for helping to put our family back together”

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  • Amanda S. Franklin

    “‘This place has helped me figure out where to start asking for forgiveness,’ said Amanda. ‘My case manager helps me role play and practice how to say this stuff to people.’”

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  • Andrea Scioto

    After 6 years of addiction and an attempt at her life, Andrea is now a sober and healthy mother to her three children.

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  • Bev Scioto

    Bev struggled with crack and opiate use and had been arrested over 10 times. She is now a successful and sober mother to her four daughters.

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  • Jarrett Scioto

    Jarrett used opiates heavily for 12 years and was even found brain dead. He is now a site su-pervisor of the Marsh House, a sober living house in Southern Ohio.

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  • Jodi Scioto

    After 19 years of cocaine and opiate addiction, losing her husband, and facing prison time, Jodi had enough. She is now a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and has regained custody of her children.

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  • Keith Scioto

    Keith had over 15 arrests and lost custody of his son while addicted to cocaine and opiates. He is now clean, happily married, and employed.

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  • Michael Scioto

    What started as recreational drug use led Michael into addiction and the sale of drugs to support his habit. Michael came to hate this repetitious cycle. He is now drug-free and a positive role model to his daughter.

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  • Mike Scioto

    In and out of jail, addicted to methampthetamines and alcohol, Mike wanted help. With help from The Counseling Center, Inc, Mike is sober, back in school, and a Counselor for the Men’s Outpatient Program.

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  • Missy Scioto

    Multiple drug-related arrests and DUIs had Missy looking at 26 years in prison. She had hit bot-tom and with the help of The Counseling Center, Inc., Missy is back on track.

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  • Deb Tuscarawas

    Deb is nine months sober and has found gainful employment. Her self-confidence and self-esteem have increased, and she feels confident that she will remain strong and sober.

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  • Chanel and Andre Cuyahoga

    Together, Chanel and Andre overcame obstacles so they could build a solid Christian foundation for their family unit and be positive role models for their children.

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  • Taylor Leak Stark

    Our family is closer than ever before, and I am so pleased that we are now working together as a team.

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  • Terrell Lorain

    Through the love and support of our staff, he opened up about his past and learned how to cope with his feelings.

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  • Louise McKinney Cuyahoga

    When they leave the City Mission, they can take their medical card with them. They don’t have to wait until they have an emergency; they can have a medical home.

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