Executive Director of Ashland mental health center issues heart-felt statement to those struggling with addiction

(Ashland, Ohio) – Appleseed Community Mental Health Center is reminding residents that local help with recovery is available.

In a public statement published to the organization’s website, Executive Director Jerry Strausbaugh recognized September as National Recovery Month. In the statement, he explained that the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration defines recovery as “a process of change through with individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.”

The report indicates that often underneath an addition is the experience of childhood trauma in the form of abuse, neglect, loss, or lack of safe or stable home life. People use substances to cover up the worry, pain, and sadness that result from painful memories.

Strausbaugh explained that one of the most common catalysts for substance abuse is Adverse Childhood Experiences. “In fact, for every Adverse Childhood Experience encountered, the risk of substance use increases,” he added. “Misusing drugs or alcohol is a way to cope with pain.” He stressed the notion that there are healthy and effective tools for healing with the first step being to find a safe person you trust and to share your story and your need for help.

“One of my favorite truths is “the opposite of addiction is connection.” If you are someone who struggles with substance use or any other kind of addiction, connecting with a supportive community is a key to beginning and staying in recovery. The first step is reaching out and admitting that you need help to get better. Once you admit that your addiction has gotten the best of you… you have taken the first step.  Remember, recovery is within your grasp and there are people in your area who understand what you are going through and who are prepared to help,” he added.

Overall, Strausbaugh reassured those struggling with addiction to alcohol or drugs of any kind that help is available and recovery is possible. “Don’t let anything keep you from reaching out. There are paths that will allow you to find meaning and purpose in the aftermath of very difficult life experiences. If you find yourself addicted and struggling remember you are loveable, forgivable, and changeable…you’ll find there are supportive people who will go the rest of the journey with you.”

For more information including local resources available, visit Appleseedmentalhealth.com. 

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