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A Healthy START for Children

By Mark Powell on November 6, 2019

 
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A Monumental Step for Mothers

By Mark Powell on October 30, 2019

 

We forget how big a first step can be. It may sound incremental, tedious, and tenuous for an adult struggling with addiction, but consider what an important milestone it is for a baby. For a woman seeking recovery for her own health and the health of her children, a first step can be equally as monumental. 

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Giving Kids Impacted by Addiction the Best START

By Mark Powell on October 30, 2019

 

In 2015, child welfare agencies around Ohio began noticing a disturbing trend. The number of kids needing care as a result of opioid addiction in their families was rising sharply. 

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The Heart of a Mother

By Mark Powell on August 6, 2019

 

Undergoing residential treatment for addiction shouldn’t require a family to be separated, yet all too often it does. Heart of Iowa, the Area Substance Abuse Council’s (ASAC) residential treatment facility for women and their children, is changing that. ASAC is a non-profit organization offering full service addiction treatment, along with prevention and recovery resources.

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Bringing Families Back Together

By Mark Powell on June 11, 2019

 
Today’s opioid crisis is shattering families—but the devastation of substance use disorders is by no means a new story. Think back to the heroin crisis of the 1970s, crack-cocaine in the 1980s, and methamphetamine in the early 2000s and again now. Unfortunately, a tragic aspect of any drug crisis is child maltreatment related to addiction.
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Newborns Growing with Moms, Moms Growing in Recovery

By Mark Powell on June 11, 2019

 
When a baby is born, a window opens on a special time for mother and newborn. One of life’s most important bonds is formed over the following weeks and months. When it’s strong and healthy, that bond can produce results for a lifetime.
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