Ep. 272 – MOMS Plus: New Program to Lower NAS Rates

2020-02-06T11:42:25-05:00February 6th, 2020|Education, Podcasts, Prevention, Treatment/Programs|

MOMS Plus: New Program to Lower NAS Rates Between 2004 and 2011, opioid abuse and dependence among delivering mothers in Ohio grew by 491%. As a consequence, cases of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), where opioid exposed babies experience acute drug withdrawal following birth, became commonplace. Babies who begin their lives suffering [...]

Ep. 265 – Drug & Alcohol Prevention Targets At-Risk Personality Types

2019-12-18T17:02:05-05:00December 12th, 2019|Education, Podcasts, Prevention, Treatment/Programs|

Drug & Alcohol Prevention Targets At-Risk Personality Types For years now, schools across the U.S. have been striving to implement more effective drug abuse prevention and education programs to protect adolescents from alcohol & drug abuse. However, despite investing millions of dollars into prevention programs such as D.A.R.E and Nancy Reagan’s “just say [...]

Ep. 260 – ResultsOhio: Funding Programs That Get Results

2019-12-04T12:05:05-05:00November 4th, 2019|Podcasts, Treatment/Programs|

You wouldn’t pay for something without knowing what you were getting, but all too often, our tax dollars are spent on programs without accountability for results. With the new ResultsOhio initiative, led by state Treasurer Robert Sprague, Ohio is looking for data-backed solutions to guide its funding decisions for social and public [...]

Ep. 139 – Rewiring the Brain: Dr. Jamie Marich, Institute of Creative Mindfulness

2019-01-11T09:51:17-05:00October 26th, 2017|Podcasts, Treatment/Programs|

Greg interviews Dr. Jamie Marich, the founder of the Institute for Creative Mindfulness. The institute offers training in the areas of mental health, trauma, addiction, mindfulness, and clinician development through programs like the EMDRIA program, which focuses on EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy. Greg asks Dr. Marich about how EMDR [...]

Ep. 138 – Interrupting the Cycle: Dr. Kathryn Hawk, Yale University’s Department of Emergency Medicine

2019-01-11T09:50:37-05:00October 24th, 2017|Podcasts, Treatment/Programs|

Greg interviews Dr. Kathryn Hawk, an emergency physician and assistant professor at Yale University’s Department of Emergency Medicine. The Yale University Department of Medicine currently has a program aimed at breaking the cycle of use and reducing opioid overdoses in high risk populations. Greg asks Dr. Hawk about how the Department of [...]

Ep. 133 – Life on Life’s Terms: Kristen Schenker, Glenbeigh

2019-01-11T09:27:07-05:00October 5th, 2017|Podcasts, Treatment/Programs|

Greg interviews Kristen Schenker, a licensed social worker and the current clinical supervisor at Glenbeigh. Glenbeigh is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation specialty hospital following the philosophy that those suffering from substance abuse disorder can develop a lifestyle outside of their chemical dependence. Greg asks Kristen about her belief that substance abuse [...]

Ep. 130 – Treating Opioid Addiction as a Medical Disorder, Not A Moral Failing: Dr. Darin Neven

2019-01-11T09:23:40-05:00September 22nd, 2017|Podcasts, Treatment/Programs|

Greg interviews Dr. Darin Neven, an emergency department physician practicing at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Washington. Dr. Neven explores the need to change the culture and practice in terms of treatment for substance use disorders in general and opioid addiction in particular. He points to one effective method to [...]

Ep. 121 – A Direct Line to Treatment: Thom Olmstead, Orlando Howard, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center

2019-01-11T09:15:51-05:00August 17th, 2017|Community Outreach, Podcasts, Treatment/Programs|

Greg interviews Thom Olmstead, the Director of University Partner Collaborations at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, as well as Orlando Howard, the Manager of Outpatient Treatment Services at Rosary Hall. The St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and Rosary Hall are currently running a pilot program that offers free Uber rides to those [...]

Ep. 118 – Fighting Misperceptions on Adolescent Substance Abuse: Dr. Sarah Friebert, Akron Children’s Hospital

2020-01-28T16:22:38-05:00August 3rd, 2017|Community Outreach, Podcasts, Treatment/Programs|

Greg interviews Dr. Sarah Friebert, the Director of Pediatric Palliative Care at Akron Children’s Hospital. The Pediatric Palliative Care Center provides care to children that are affected by complex, chronic, or serious conditions. Greg asks Dr. Friebert about the truth behind the perception that heroin usage begins after high school. She explains [...]

Ep. 106 – Hub & Spoke, Creating a Continuum of Care: Barbara Cimaglio, Vermont Department of Health

2019-01-10T16:45:46-05:00June 22nd, 2017|Community Outreach, Podcasts, Treatment/Programs|

Greg interviews Barbara Cimaglio, the Deputy Commissioner for the Vermont Department of Health. In 2012, Barbara and her department initiated the establishment of a “hub and spoke” model to address the growing opioid epidemic in their state. The model, referred to as the Care Alliance for Opioid Addiction, works to address the [...]

Ep. 100 – Rapid Detox and Recovery Retention: Wendy Komac, Luna Living

2019-01-10T16:42:34-05:00June 2nd, 2017|Podcasts, Prevention, Recovery, Stories, Treatment/Programs|

Greg interviews Wendy Komac, the CEO and Founding Partner of Luna Living, and Justin, who is currently a patient in recovery. Luna Living is an accredited partial hospitalization and outpatient facility for substance abuse disorders and outpatient mental health care. They aim to treat substance abuse disorders by addressing chronic brain diseases in [...]

Ep. 99 – Digital Support on Demand: Brian Bailys, Ascent

2019-01-10T16:41:49-05:00May 30th, 2017|Community Outreach, Family Stories, Podcasts, Prevention, Recovery Stories, Treatment/Programs|

Greg interviews Brian Bailys, the founder of Ascent, which specializes in connecting peer recovery coaches with those in recovery through a smart phone app. Together they speak with David, one of Brian’s client’s that’s currently in recovery and using the Ascent mobile app. Greg asks David about his experience with the app and [...]

Ep. 94 – Preparing Inmates for Outpatient Treatment after Prison: John Wetzel, PA Corrections

2019-01-10T16:37:51-05:00May 11th, 2017|Criminal Justice, Harm Reduction, Podcasts, Recovery, Treatment/Programs|

Greg interviews John Wetzel, Secretary of Corrections at the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. Secretary Wetzel helped found a pilot program that combats substance abuse among inmates through the administration of Vivitrol – a medication that reduces drug cravings and blocks the “high” many users feel while under the influence. Initially implemented at SCI [...]

Ep. 93 – Receiving Treatment Without Leaving Home: Megan Peterson, Telemedicine

2019-01-10T16:36:47-05:00May 9th, 2017|Harm Reduction, Podcasts, Recovery, Treatment/Programs|

Greg interviews Megan Peterson, the Executive Director of 2nd Chance Counseling Service. With over 15 years of counseling experience, Megan overseas telemedicine treatment for those suffering with substance abuse at 2nd Chance. In the podcast, Megan and Greg discuss telemedicine and how it could solve the overwhelming demand for treatment within the opioid [...]

Ep. 92 – Reclaiming Life Through Athletic Recovery: Scott Strode, Phoenix Multisport

2019-01-10T16:36:15-05:00May 4th, 2017|Community Outreach, Family Stories, Podcasts, Recovery, Recovery Stories, Treatment/Programs|

Greg is joined by Jessica Nickel, the CEO and founder of the Addiction Policy Forum. Together, they interview Scott Strode, the CEO and founder of Phoenix Multisport—a unique recovery community teaching those struggling with substance abuse the skills and disciplines to stay sober via athletic training. Greg asks Scott about how Phoenix Multisport [...]

Ep. 90 – Taking Small Steps Toward Recovery in Emergency Rooms: Michelle Harter, AnchorED

2019-01-10T16:35:27-05:00April 27th, 2017|Podcasts, Recovery, Recovery Stories, Treatment/Programs|

Greg interviews Michelle Harter, the Associate Director of Anchor Recovery Community Centers—a recovery support group, engaged in the building and development of recovery culture in Rhode Island. Michelle was also the primary architect of AnchorED, a special program connecting people admitted to emergency rooms, for opioid related reasons, with trained recovery coaches. Michelle [...]

Ep. 84 – Sticking with Christ for Total Transformation: Ken Hawkins, Really Recovered

2019-01-10T16:29:51-05:00April 4th, 2017|Family Stories, Podcasts, Recovery, Recovery Stories, Stories, Treatment/Programs|

Greg interviews Ken Hawkins, the Founder of Really Recovered and a recovering alcoholic and addict. Really Recovered is a recovery church rooted in Christian faith and the firm belief that total transformation is gained through a relationship with Christ. Ken himself has struggled with substance abuse since the age of 11. He shares [...]

Ep. 82 – Overcoming a Difficult Upbringing and Giving Back: Jessica Nickel, Addiction Policy Forum

2019-01-10T16:28:30-05:00March 28th, 2017|Podcasts, Treatment/Programs|

Greg interviews Jessica Nickel, the Executive Director of the Addiction Policy Forum. The mission of the Addiction Policy Forum is to ensure that addiction is treated as a disease, elevate addiction awareness and improve national policy through a comprehensive response. Jessica herself comes from a background of substance abuse, with many family members [...]

Ep. 81 – Building a Firm Foundation to Fight Substance Abuse: Jessica Nickel, Addiction Policy Forum

2019-01-10T16:28:12-05:00March 23rd, 2017|Podcasts, Treatment/Programs|

Greg interviews Jessica Nickel, the Executive Director of the Addiction Policy Forum. The mission of the forum is to ensure that addiction is treated as a disease, elevate addiction awareness and improve national policy through a comprehensive response. Jessica has been an advocate for those suffering from substance abuse for 26 years. Greg [...]

Ep. 80 – What Makes Faith-Based Recovery Housing Work: Pastor Jerry O’Brien, Hebron Recovery Group

2019-01-10T16:27:50-05:00March 21st, 2017|Podcasts, Treatment/Programs|

Greg interviews Pastor Jerry O’Brien, the Senior Pastor of Faith Harvest Fellowship of Wooster, Ohio and a Founder of the Hebron Recovery Group (HRG), a faith-based living facility of Millersburg, Ohio. Pastor O’Brien has ministered on Christian broadcast programs like the 700 Club, Tri-State Christian Television (TCT) and Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) alongside [...]

Ep. 72 – Choosing Recovery as an Alternative to Prison: Todd Popovich, Rutland Vermont Resident

2019-01-10T16:13:19-05:00February 21st, 2017|Legal/Legislation, Podcasts, Treatment/Programs|

Greg interviews Todd Popovich, a resident of Rutland, Vermont with first-hand experience of the opioid epidemic sweeping the area. Todd, now in recovery, has struggled with substance abuse disorder in the past. He plans to graduate from his recovery program in two weeks, on February 23. He shares more about his [...]

Ep. 71 – After Dreamland Pt. 3: A Biopsychosocial Approach to Substance Abuse, J. Merrick

2019-01-10T16:12:18-05:00February 16th, 2017|Podcasts, Treatment/Programs|

Greg interviews Jason Merrick, the Director of Addiction Services at Kenton County Detention Center in Covington, Kentucky. He also worked with Sam Quinones on his highly-acclaimed book Dreamland. This episode is Part Two in a series of podcasts that will explore life after Dreamland for those who helped Sam with his book. Jason, [...]

Ep. 55 – Alieving Pain Without Opioids: Dr. Mark Rosenberg, ALTO

2019-01-10T15:19:08-05:00December 22nd, 2016|Podcasts, Treatment/Programs|

Greg interviews Dr. Mark Rosenberg, the Chairman of Emergency Medicine and the Medical Director for Population Health at St. Joseph’s Healthcare System in Patterson, New Jersey. Alternatives to Opioids Program (ALTO) was born in the emergency wing of St. Joseph’s Healthcare System. Started in 2014, ALTO uses things like harp music as a [...]

Ep. 52 – What to Expect Going into Outpatient Recovery: Dr. Brian Welsh, Coleman Medical Health

2019-01-10T15:04:22-05:00December 13th, 2016|Podcasts, Treatment/Programs|

Greg interviews Dr. Brian Welsh, the Chief Medical Officer at Coleman Professional Services in Kent, Ohio. Coleman is a nonprofit medical organization committed to fostering recovery, building independence and changing the destinies of individuals in the Kent community. Dr. Welsh describes his position as overseeing clinical protocols and procedures, as well as supervision [...]

Ep. 51 – Bringing the Treatment to the People: Ricardo Tull, Street Teams

2019-01-10T15:02:55-05:00December 8th, 2016|Harm Reduction, Podcasts, Treatment/Programs|

Greg interviews Ricardo Tull, who works for Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and leads the CRAFT (Coordinated Response to Addiction Facilitating Treatment) Program. He explains CRAFT as an extension to the long Prevention Point program with four basic elements: assertive outreach and engagement, affectively screen and assess addicts, unconditional support, harm reduction and [...]

Ep. 49 – The Changing Face of Addiction: Orlando Howard, Outpatient Services

2019-01-10T14:55:38-05:00November 29th, 2016|Podcasts, Treatment/Programs|

Greg interviews Orlando Howard, the Manager of Outpatient Services at Rosary Hall of St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland. Started in 1865, the medical center has provided healing services to the Cleveland community for over 150 years! Dedicated to the healing ministry of Jesus, the center has been quite involved in the [...]

Ep. 42 – Knowing When Addicts Are Ready for Suboxone: Minda Jaramillo, Director of Behavioral Health

2019-01-10T14:40:40-05:00October 27th, 2016|Podcasts, Treatment/Programs|

The suboxone program of First Choice Community Healthcare (FCCH) of Albuquerque, New Mexico, has seen great success over the past few years. Minda Jaramillo, Director of Behavioral Health at FCCH, discusses the program and how it uniquely treats opioid addicts. In 2014, FCCH served 700 patients within its suboxone program. Unfortunately, Minda says [...]

Ep. 38 – How Drug Court Encourages Recovery: Judge Thomas Teodosio, Summit County

2019-01-10T14:31:25-05:00October 13th, 2016|Legal/Legislation, Podcasts, Treatment/Programs|

Judge Thomas Teodosio runs a compassionate drug court in the Summit County Court of Common Pleas called The Turning Point. He discusses how the special court was founded and the success the court has experienced. Judge Teodosio has been running Summit County’s drug court for the past 8 years. He says the court [...]

Ep. 36 – Benefits of Vivatrol MAT: Allyse Adams, Clinical Administrator

2019-01-10T14:26:48-05:00October 6th, 2016|Podcasts, Treatment/Programs|

Greg interviews Allyse Adams, a Clinical Administrator and Certified Counselor at the Oriana House of Akron, Ohio. Allyse has five years of experience in counseling and specializes in the field of addiction recovery. The Oriana House is a nationally renowned community corrections and chemical dependency treatment facility, providing a multi-step program for rehabilitation. [...]

Ep. 35 – Community Housing Options for Recovering Female Addicts: Erin Helms, Woodrow Project

2019-01-10T12:42:31-05:00October 4th, 2016|Podcasts, Treatment/Programs|

Greg interviews Erin Helms, the Executive Director of the Woodrow Project located in Parma, Ohio. The mission of the Woodrow Project is to provide a safe, stable and supportive environment for women in recovery. Gina and Andrea join Erin and Greg for the interview. Gina is a Recovery Support Specialist at The Woodrow [...]

Ep. 32 – Getting Sober in Prison and Staying Sober: Nicole Argenio, Recovery Coach

2019-01-10T12:39:52-05:00September 22nd, 2016|Podcasts, Stories, Treatment/Programs|

Greg interviews Nicole Argenio, a former opioid addict. Nicole is an addiction recovery coach at the Oriana House in Akron, OH. The Oriana House is dedicated to assisting people in overcoming their substance dependencies and providing multi-step rehabilitation. As a former addict, Nicole shares her struggle with addiction. She was prescribed opioids as [...]

Ep. 27 – Treating the Opioid Disorder: Dr. Christina Delos Reyes, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Addiction

2019-01-10T12:25:03-05:00September 8th, 2016|Education, Podcasts, Treatment/Programs|

Dr. Christina Delos Reyes discusses how she got into the field of psychiatry and addiction, as well as the severity of opioid addiction from a medical perspective. She is the Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Addiction at University Hospital’s Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. As an academic medical center, the hospital is [...]

Ep. 26 -Finding Hope in the Darkness: Ted St. John, Director of Operations First Step Recovery

2019-01-10T12:19:12-05:00September 6th, 2016|Podcasts, Stories, Treatment/Programs|

Greg talks with Ted St. John, the Director of Operations at First Step Recovery. First Step Recovery is substance addiction detox center located in Warren, Ohio. Ted himself is a recovering addict who has struggled with opioid and alcohol addiction. Ted has faced several addictions in his life thus far, one of those [...]

Ep. 22 – Treating Addiction Comprehensively: Dr. Brown, Chief Medical Officer Meridian HealthCare

2019-01-10T12:12:00-05:00August 23rd, 2016|Podcasts, Treatment/Programs|

Dr. Brown discusses the options of treatment for opioid addicts at Meridian HealthCare, located in Youngstown, Ohio. Dr. Brown is the Doctor of Osteopathic medicine and the Chief Medical Officer at Meridian HealthCare. The facility is a community based, integrated agency with a goal of serving individuals and families struggling with addiction. Meridian [...]

Episode 4 – Robin Star, Family Addiction Coach

2019-01-10T10:42:50-05:00June 16th, 2016|Harm Reduction, Podcasts, Stories, Treatment/Programs|

In this episode of the Cover2 Podcast, Greg interviews Robin Star, a certified coach who helps families of opiate addicts. Robin uses a science-based program that’s backed by 40 years of clinical research. Robin discovered the tragedy of addiction in her own life when a family member went into this crisis. Robin didn’t [...]

Episode 2 – Bill Gilliland, Treatment Alternatives (Boca House)

2019-01-10T10:07:04-05:00June 8th, 2016|Podcasts, Stories, Treatment/Programs|

In this episode of the Cover2 Resources Podcast, Greg McNeil, Founder and President, interviews Bill Gilliland, the Chief Operating Officer of Treatment Alternatives in Boca Raton, Florida. Treatment Alternatives, also known as the “Boca House,” is the last place where Greg’s son Sam underwent rehab. In the Fall of 2013, Sam entered the [...]