OhioGuidestone was able to serve more than 750 individuals during the first quarter of 2021 thanks to funding from the human services levy and the Medina County ADAMH Board.
Liner Legal, a disability law firm in Northeast Ohio, recently spotlighted OhioGuidestone’s Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Ben Kearney and the impactful work being done to help those we serve find their new path.
“We make an impact by helping others improve their life. Through our program outcome evaluation, we know that if a client completes 10 sessions at OhioGuidestone, on average, they get better! Just 10 sessions!” said Kearney.
Today, Danica Pingle is a Peer Recovery Coach and Mentor with OhioGuidestone, helping families who struggle with substance use disorders. She was on a very different path five years ago.
“I was incarcerated multiple times, homeless, and human trafficked. I was that far gone,” recounted Pingle of her own journey before taking the first step toward recovery. “For someone like me, to have people in the behavioral health system that cared about me and respected me, despite my past, changed my life.”
After having her son at the age of 15, Pingle’s life started to spiral out of control and the young mother lost custody of her child. Then, in 2015, she found her way to sobriety, receiving inpatient treatment for nine months.
Today, Pingle has reunited with her son, who is now 12, but her journey is far from over. She remains in counseling and continues to repair family relationships, including growing her bond with her child. Pingle is also paying it forward. She has been working at OhioGuidestone for two years and is forever grateful to be able to help those who are facing the same vices she had to overcome. Pingle wants to give them hope, instill a sense of self-worth and help them find or reclaim their love for life.
Through her work with the agency, as well as with the Fairfield County Child Protective Services, Pingle uses her first-hand experience to help people face their addictions and find a new purpose.
In late February, she joined Ohio Governor Mike DeWine at a news conference to discuss her work with the Ohio Start Program for families dealing with substance use disorders.
“We try to get them help as soon as problems arise,” said Pingle. “The hardest part of the process is watching parents disengage from treatment. The goal is to stay committed and make positive changes.” Pingle wants those families to find the joy she now experiences. She is sober, has her son back, is getting married in the fall and expanding her family!
“For a long time, I never thought I deserved to have a good life. But after years of processing the traumas, I realize I do deserve it because I’ve worked hard to get here. It really is a dream come true.”
A Renewed Mind’s Matthew Rizzo recently wrote a letter to the editor in the Toledo Blade, regarding congressional legislation on telehealth addiction services.
OhioGuidestone, one of the largest behavioral health agencies in the state, has added two new options to help people find their path to recovery in Tuscarawas and Carroll counties: a Hope Line; and a Peer Recovery Responder.
Both services are free and confidential to help people get answers to overcoming substance use disorders and addictions. They feature live interactions, providing support for those seeking help.
Newsy Mom recently shared details on each of the new services and how they are helping change lives.
During these difficult times, many people are struggling with addiction. But finding addiction help isn’t always easy. Many people have lots of questions, and often don’t know where to start looking for answers.
Now, OhioGuidestone is helping monitor a “Hope Line” for Tuscarawas and Carroll Counties to connect people with answers and services that the agency provides. It will be staffed seven days a week, at various times. Messages can be left anytime, and it will also accept texts.
Read more from the Times Reporter.
Recovery centers and programs have faced difficult circumstances throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. At the Recovery Center of Medina County, things are slowly getting back on track by continuing their partnership with Serenite Restaurant & Culinary Institute.
Also, OhioGuidestone will be providing treatment for residents of a new women’s recovery house in Medina County that is scheduled to open in April.
A sobering new report shows May 2020 was the deadliest month in Ohio for drug and alcohol overdoses in the last 14 years. A Renewed Mind CEO Matthew Rizzo explains how this is a tough time for those battling addiction.
Watch and read the story from 13 Action News in Toledo.
“Just reach out for help,” that’s what Nathan has to say about overcoming addiction and finding his path to recovery with OhioGuidestone.
He shared the story of his painful past, and how he turned it all around.
WKYC’S Lindsay Buckingham spoke with Nate. Watch and read his story!
While Nathan’s struggles with substance use began in his teens, it was one night of heroin use that sent him down a path of total destruction – resulting in increased drug use, multiple robberies and ending with nearly three years in jail.
Upon release, Nathan was introduced to OhioGuidestone. Now, he’s found his path to recovery.
Stefanie Robinson, an OhioGuidestone Peer Support Services Coordinator, will be celebrating 12 years in recovery. She continues to support those we serve as they navigate their own recovery. To read her story, click here.