The historic Neil Kennedy Recovery Center on Rush Blvd.

Continuing the History and Mission of the Neil Kennedy Recovery Center

Northeast Ohio was instrumental to the creation and evolution of addiction treatment. Alcoholics Anonymous first started in Akron, Ohio before becoming a national movement combating alcohol addiction. And, that historic beginning also influenced the opening of the first private rehab center in the United States – the Neil Kennedy Recovery Center in Youngstown, Ohio.

The Center went through many changes throughout its history and provided important health care for some of Youngstown, Warren, and even the Pennsylvania area’s most vulnerable citizens. While operating, the NKRC became an essential helpline for those who needed it — a feat that will never be forgotten. The legacy of the Neil Kennedy Recovery Center reminds us all of the impact individuals can have when they come together.

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Two doctors at an integrated healthcare facility speaking to a patient about their care plan.

Benefits of Integrated Healthcare: Health Care Teams That Support Whole-Person Well-Being

Integrated health care services are becoming a more prevalent part of the healthcare system, because better health outcomes require that healthcare providers are aware of the patient’s overall health. Patient care that combines behavioral health needs with physical health needs leads to better health outcomes and patient satisfaction.

Integrated health care services achieve that by creating an interprofessional care team that provides a holistic approach to patient care. In doing so, healthcare providers streamline communications to provide a higher-quality of care at a lower cost.

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A support group of people with different types of addiction.

Different Types of Addiction: What You Need to Know and How to Seek Help

Addiction is a complex disease. And, unfortunately, there are still societal stigmas associated with it that often prevent people from seeking help.

It’s important for people to know that there is no shame in seeking help for addiction disorders; they are mental health issues that impact both physical and mental well-being.

While many people associate addiction with illegal substances, the disease is not limited to drug abuse; there are several types of addiction (and in certain cases, those affected may not even realize there is a problem).

If you or a loved one are suffering from any type of addiction, a mental health professional can help you seek the right addiction treatment.

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Integrated health care services available at Meridian.

What Does Integrated Healthcare Look Like in 2023?

As the healthcare landscape continues to evolve, so does the concept of an integrated healthcare system. In 2023, integrated healthcare is poised to take on an increasingly important role in health care delivery, as healthcare providers seek to improve outcomes, enhance patient experiences, and contain costs.

The integration of physical and mental health care, emphasis on providing whole-person patient care, and the use of technology to facilitate communication among healthcare providers are just a few of the trends that are shaping the future of integrated healthcare.

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Support group for addiction recovery.

Walking Through the 5 Stages of Addiction Recovery

What exactly does the process of recovering from an addiction look like? How does someone know they’re ready for treatment? Whether recovering from substance use disorder or addictive behaviors, a great first step for a successful treatment program is understanding the 5 stages of addiction recovery.

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Group of people at an AA meeting.

Should You Try The 12 Steps of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous)?

The 12 steps of AA are the core of the Alcoholics Anonymous approach to recovery from alcoholism. The program was developed by co-founders Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith (who were both recovered alcoholics) with input from other members. The idea is that when an alcoholic admits that they have a problem and agrees to follow certain guidelines for living a sober life, they will eventually be able to eliminate their need for alcohol or other drugs entirely.

While developed for alcoholism, the twelve steps of alcoholics anonymous’ philosophy can be used for other addictions, and many of the principles have been adopted by other organizations. For example, Narcotics Anonymous is for those struggling with substance abuse. Read more

Man overcoming his gambling disorder by talking with a counselor.

When Do You Need Gambling Addiction Help? 7 Major Questions Answered

There’s nothing wrong with gambling every once in a while. It can be a fun, enjoyable activity when done responsibly. But, when this hobby begins to affect your overall mental health or causes you to regularly lose large amounts of money, it’s a problem.

Learn more about how to get gambling addiction help and recognize when enough is enough. Read more

Rehab center providing addiction treatment.

What Is Rehab — and Will It Lead to Addiction Recovery?

You may have heard the terms “rehab” and “detox” used interchangeably, but they are not necessarily the same. What is rehab? It refers to the entire process of rehabilitation and recovery from addiction, while detox is a step in the recovery process.

Detox, a withdrawal management program, is a step of addiction treatment for those struggling with alcohol use or drug addiction. It involves 24/7 medical care and support for a short amount of time – typically between 3 and 7 days.

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Residential treatment facility at Meridian.

Can You Prevent Your Children From Inheriting Addiction Problems?

Addiction is a complex disease that can be difficult to overcome, and unfortunately prevention is never guaranteed. It often runs in families, and unfortunately, children of addicts are at a higher risk of developing addiction problems themselves. But does this mean that addiction is hereditary? And are there steps you can take to TRY to prevent your child from inheriting your addiction? 

[FREE GUIDE] If you’re concerned that someone you care about may be struggling with addiction, download our guide to find resources and help today!

Disclaimer: Addiction looks different for everyone. This article will make general statements about addiction and is not meant to diagnose or suggest treatment. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, contact a treatment center

*If this is an emergency, please call 9-1-1. Read more

Detox center that is providing addiction treatment programs.

What Is Addiction — and How to Get Help

What is addiction? It’s a serious condition that can affect all aspects of your life, including your relationships, work, and hobbies. It affects both the brain and behavior. When you hear the word “addiction,” you might immediately think of drug abuse and alcohol addiction. However, it doesn’t begin and end with drug addiction.

Addictions come in many different forms, including alcohol, drugs, gambling, gaming, or eating disorders. It’s more than just a craving; addictions affect self-control and often have other harmful consequences.

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