No one chooses addiction as a way of life. The factors that contribute to developing alcohol or drug dependency are as varied and unique as the people who live them; the most effective recovery programs combine research-backed methods with individualized attention and empathy.
Since 1976, the Ashland County Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (ACCADA) has brought hope and healing to the community through its substance disorder treatment services. Certified by OMHAS (Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services), ACCADA employs licensed chemical dependency counselors and mental health counselors who specialize in substance use disorders. “Our counselors are licensed, but they also have a passion for working in substance use,” Executive Director Emma Kulbis explains. Recovery services range from individual and/or group counseling to case management; peer support groups; recovery houses for men and women; and assistance with connections to housing, jobs, legal issues, and social services.
ACCADA is equally committed to prevention as well, bringing an evidence-based curriculum, Too Good for Drugs, into K-12 schools as a way to help students make positive choices. Another intervention program, Richland Alternate Program (RAP) is offered as a constructive alternative to jail time for people who receive an OVI (Operating a Vehicle Impaired). RAP provides a 72-hour education course on alcohol and drugs, as well as traffic safety, and helps clients develop a plan for making safe decisions.
Focusing on making positive, proactive life choices rather than abiding by a list of do’s and don’t’s is what makes ACCADA’s programs lead to lasting, holistic change. Kulbis sums up ACCADA’s approach this way: “Clients are unique, their stories are unique, and our staff members develop individualized plans to make sure each person feels uniquely attended to while in our programs. Each person matters to our staff.”
The Mental Health and Recovery Board of Ashland County is proud to partner with ACCADA in its mission to ensure the availability and accessibility of quality services that support recovery for individuals with trauma, mental health challenges and/or drug/alcohol abuse and addictions.
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