It was a quick spiral down. Alex Elswick’s addiction began with a prescription to opioids following surgery at age 18. Over the next five years, his addiction took him to jail, to numerous treatment centers, to being homeless in four different cities, and eventually, to sleeping under a bridge in Dayton, Ohio and heroin use.
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Tara Moseley Hyde made an interesting discovery when she underwent treatment for her addiction at age 23. “Being in recovery at such a young age was not the social norm,” she recalls. “I felt like the odd man out being young and in recovery. I knew I needed resources and I knew there were other people out there who needed them, too.”
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Art does more than look pretty. It touches our soul in a way that words can’t. It reaches us, challenges us, and even inspires us. For some folks living on the shores of Lake Erie, it also plays an important role in their recovery.
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A high school is more than a building. It’s a place where exploration and discovery happen as teens learn about themselves, their friends, and their world. At one special high school in Columbus, it’s also a place where recovery occurs.
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Stories of the opioid crisis were on the front page of every newspaper when Marti Taylor was first approached by Verily (an Alphabet company) about a new opportunity to tackle this issue. At the time, Taylor was the CEO of The Ohio State University Hospital at the Wexner Medical Center. “I remember the first few waves of overdose deaths in Ohio several years ago. Patients suffering from addiction were rapidly and repeatedly seeking rehabilitation services and we - like many surrounding healthcare systems - were too frequently unsuccessful at breaking the cycle of addiction,” recalls Taylor. “Verily told me about a vision for a partnership driven ecosystem based in Dayton, Ohio that would fill many of the unmet needs of people seeking treatment, with the goal of advancing the field of addiction medicine as a Learning Health System. I knew I had to be a part of it.”