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Clients from CATS visited Sérénité Restaurant & Culinary Institute for a private cooking demonstration. Those in recovery can attend the Sérénité Culinary Institute for a 6-month program that gives them a taste of what becoming a culinary expert is all about. It’s an amazing opportunity for those in recovery to learn new skills, to enter a new career, or to revive a passion from their past.

Every month, CATS recognizes clients who are working hard on their program and who exemplify dedication to recovery. These “Model Clients” are rewarded with a celebration each month. Clients are selected by clinical staff and a client representative and are recognized for their achievements and positive modeling during their counseling sessions.

Here at CATS, we have created a reading center for children who visit our facility.

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is a comprehensive approach to treating substance use disorders that combines behavioral therapy and medications to address addiction effectively.

Justin E. - CATS' Client Success Story

A peer supporter in recovery is someone who has gone through the process of recovery from substance use disorder or mental health challenges and has chosen to use their experience to help others who are going through similar struggles. Learn more about what a peer supporter is and does!

When we think of freedom, we often think of it in terms of physical freedom. However, for those struggling with a substance use disorder (SUD), freedom can mean something entirely different. It can mean freedom from the shackles of substance use and the ability to reclaim one's life. This is where recovery comes in. Through recovery, individuals can find the freedom they so desperately want and need.

Meet Bo H., a recent graduate from CATS. He successfully completed a 60-day residential treatment program and is currently following it up with IOP (Intensive Outpatient Treatment) and is also in sober living.

I spent some time talking with Bo and he was kind enough to share his story with me.

We were very happy and delighted to have med students from Case Western Reserve University come visit us to learn more about CATS and the services we provide to the communities we serve.

Learn about one CATS client's recovery journey to a happy, sober, and productive life. She is fulfilling her goals as a mother, employee, student, volunteer, and contributing community member.

Since its inception in 1994, SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training) has become the world’s largest community of mutual support meetings, helping people overcome problematic addictive behavior through free in-person and online meetings. There are roughly 3,500 weekly SMART meetings in 26 countries, including more than 2,200 in the U.S. alone.

CATS Wadsworth hosts our own SMART Recovery meetings which are facilitated by SMART Recovery Ohio Outreach Director Michael Hooper. Hooper, a U.S. Army vet, found SMART in 2017 during his journey in battling alcohol and depression.

Prior to the start of Black History Month, we asked CATS staff and clients “How has black history inspired you?"
Marlon Hatcher, CATS Activity Coordinator/Covid Response Coordinator shared his observations and inspirations.

Hear from our own Julia Kurek, a counselor here at CATS and Robert Newman, Director of Development on Lockdowns, Telehealth, and Rehabs in a recent Yale, The Politic article!

Read about CATS' community partnership with Homeless Hookup CLE!

Learn about the good works of CATS Board Member, Dick Clough. For 36 years he has been delivering cheer to thousands of grateful Clevelanders!

Learn about CATS' New Peer Recovery Support Program

Law Firm Partners with Cleveland Addiction Recovery and Reentry Center

Tuscarawas County is coming together to fight addiction!
158 West High Avenue, New Philadelphia, Ohio
Doors open 6:00 pm • Event starts at 6:30 pm

Fighting for Alyssa, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of substance abuse and addiction, recently awarded $71,000 in grants to fight drug abuse.

Cuyahoga County Reentry Awareness Week highlights the ways the Office of Reentry and our community partners support successful reentry.
We are working collectively to address policy barriers that perpetuate re-involvement with the criminal justice system. We have coordinated events as part of Cuyahoga County Reentry Awareness Week to raise consciousness around the barriers facing returning citizens, provide substantive information regarding resources and program linkage, and elevating and uplifting the success of returning citizens who have accelerated the path of a successful return.

Cocaine was detected in 45 percent of all fatal drug overdoses last year in Cuyahoga County, according to medical examiner's office statistics.

The Cuyahoga County medical examiner issued a public health warning on Friday.

Date: May 4, 2019
Location: Holiday Inn Conference Center Rockside Road Independence, Ohio.
Pre-Registration Open:
Admission: $5.00 with preregistration ticket, $10.00 walk up window.
Office: 440.385.7605.
Limited Seating: 500

When you do drugs like I did, they become the number one relationship in your life.

A searing, brutal, all-too-American tale inspired by the author's own de-evolution from student and soldier to heroin addict and bank robber.

Medina County welcomes CATS inpatient substance abuse treatment center in Wadsworth, Ohio! This is the first inpatient substance abuse treatment facility in Medina!

CATS inpatient substance abuse treatment center in Wadsworth, Ohio will soon take patients!

My name is Michael Koch and I was a police officer for 19 years. In 2000, I promoted to undercover narcotics detective for a term of 4 years and transferred to property crimes for 3. I went back for a 6- year term as a narcotics detective until my life changed forever on 01-19-2012 when I was arrested.

In 2015, 33,091 people died from opioid overdoses in the U.S. My sister was one of them. She passed away on July 31, 2015 at the age of 44. I often think about her last day and what her final moments were like. I also think about the person who gave her the drugs that ended her life. Below is what I might say to that person if we ever met.

Robert Newman development director for Community Assessment and Treatment Services, leads a tour of the new CATS facility at the Wadsworth-Rittman Medical Center o Friday. It’s expected to be open in July.

CATS is a proud community partner with the Cleveland International Film Festival and sponsor of the film Mary Goes Round.

Tower City Cinemas
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 5:10 PM
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 6:40 PM

Aya Cash turns in a masterful performance as the titular Mary, an alcoholic who spends a lot of her time running away from demons. Just when a DUI arrest makes Mary reevaluate her position as a substance abuse counselor, she receives a call from her estranged father who would like her to visit him. Reluctantly, Mary goes home to visit the man whose own alcoholism ruined his relationship with Mary’s now-deceased mother. Learning her father is dying and that she has a half-sister—neither of whom knew the other existed—Mary must reconcile with the past in order to have a future. Charmingly funny and at times heartbreaking, MARY GOES ROUND is a can’t-take-your-eyes-off-it film with splendid performances and terrific direction from Molly McGlynn, who mined her own experiences for the film. MARY GOES ROUND is a graceful look at a woman who can sneak bottles into her purse while learning to deal with the baggage she carries. —T.W.

CLEVELAND, Ohio-- Overdose deaths in Cuyahoga County are predicted to hit at least 825 in 2017, a 25 percent increase from the year before, according to the county medical examiner's office. And the death toll could be as high as 850.

Cuyahoga County is the latest to add its name to the list of cities and counties in Ohio suing the makers and distributors of highly addictive opioid medications.

CLEVELAND — The nation’s opioid addiction crisis has largely been considered a problem for white people, many of whom have fallen prey to abuse of prescription painkillers and have migrated to fentanyl and heroin, often in rural areas such as Appalachia. But in the communities around this Ohio metropolis on the southern shore of Lake Erie, there is evidence of a disturbing turn: Last year, 58 of Cuyahoga County’s 399 fatal fentanyl overdoses were African Americans, killed by a synthetic opioid now responsible for almost two-thirds of the county’s overall deadly overdoses.

In the midst of the worst drug epidemic in American history, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's ability to keep addictive opioids off U.S. streets was derailed.

Can public art impact someone's life? The Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County hopes it can.

WADSWORTH — A Cleveland nonprofit will open a residential drug addiction treatment center at Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital next year, marking the first of its kind in the county.

For drug dealers, one of the biggest challenges of selling synthetic opioids like fentanyl is the likelihood that the product will kill their customers. To reduce that chance, many test the drugs on human guinea pigs.

President Trump said Thursday that he will declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency. That designation could potentially open a new wave of federal funding to Ohio’s public health agencies to combat the crisis.

In 2012, when LightBox spoke to Philadelphia-based photographer Jeffrey Stockbridge about his work documenting people in the city’s Kensington neighborhood, many of whose lives, he says, revolved around heroin, he had hoped to conclude his work there in the space of a few months.

"At that point in my life, I was doing coke every day. Pretty much every second of free time that I had, I was doing coke. I couldn't control it." - Lamar Odom

CLEVELAND - Fake OxyContin, disguised as the potent animal sedative Carfentanil, has been found in Northeast Ohio.

The morphine-like pain killer Oxycontin is just one of a number of opioids fueling a substance use crisis in the U.S. federal health officials say. And successful treatment for the substance use disorder can be costly.

The opioid epidemic has crippled communities across the United States, spurred a public health crisis, and is responsible for nearly 100 overdose deaths each day.

Opioid abuse is also hurting America’s job market.

When does toll of opioid crisis fuel change?

We know numbers can be numbing. Take the number 4,000. That is roughly how many are estimated to have died last year from drug overdoses in my home state of Ohio.

Berea police patrolman Dave Kammerman is part of the "Safe Passages" program that has police officers helping people addicted to drugs get treatment rather than arresting them. Kammerman says it has changed his outlook on life and is the best thing he has ever done as a police officer.

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Overdoses are now the leading cause of death of Americans under the age of 50.

For the last several weeks, media outlets have reported that 13 Senate Republicans have been meeting behind closed doors to discuss legislation that could lead to millions fewer Americans having health coverage—and make it hard for many people with pre-existing conditions to buy an affordable plan.

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