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The Climb

Addiction Questions We Receive from Caregivers

Jan 23, 2019 8:00:00 AM / by Jon Dower, CIP, PR posted in Addiction


At Ascension, we get many frequently asked questions from families about their loved ones who
are suffering from substance use disorder. We also see common situations that families find
themselves in.

First and foremost, it is our goal to help the loved one affected by SUD receive treatment, but we know that there can be many steps before we get there like setting boundaries and developing positive family relationships.

Learn more about common situations we see.

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Peer Recovery Coaches: Mentorship in Monitoring

Jan 9, 2019 2:06:35 PM / by Ascension Recovery Services posted in monitoring services


Once a person suffering from addiction has gone through treatment, he or she may need additional after-care treatment in the form of monitoring services. Monitoring services can help a person in recovery develop positive family relationships, transition into a supportive living environment like a sober living home, foster accountability and more.

At Ascension, we believe mentorship within a monitoring program can increase the chances of an individual’s lifelong sobriety. Continue reading to learn about these services and hear from our Peer Recovery Coaches (PRCs) and mentees.

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Impaired Driving Month Awareness: Risks, Consequences and Prevention

Dec 5, 2018 2:56:36 PM / by Ascension Recovery Services posted in Addiction Recovery


December is National Impaired Driving Awareness Month. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 29 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol impaired driver every day.

Learn more about impaired driving and measures that can help prevent injuries and deaths from alcohol impaired driving.

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How to Start a Sober Living Home in Your Community

Nov 21, 2018 8:00:00 AM / by Ascension Recovery Services posted in sober living home


Drug overdoses killed 63,632 Americans in 2016. Nearly two-thirds of these deaths involved a prescription or an illicit opioid.

Overdose deaths increased in every category researched for men and women, ages 15 and older, all races and ethnicities and across all levels of urbanization.

Death rates from overdoses involving synthetic opioids increased in 21 states, with 10 states doubling their rates from 2015 to 2016.

The highest death rates from synthetic opioids were in the following states:

  1. New Hampshire

  2. Massachusetts

  3. West Virginia

Fourteen states had significant increases in death rates involving heroin. The highest being:

  1. Ohio

  2. Washington D.C.

  3. West Virginia

Eight states had significant increases in death rates involving prescription opioids. The highest being:

  1. Maine

  2. Maryland

  3. Utah

  4. West Virginia

Sixteen states had significant increases in death rates involving cocaine. The highest being:

  1. Ohio

  2. Rhode Island

  3. Washington D.C.

More than 72,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2017, including illicit drugs and prescription opioids. This is a two-fold increase in a decade.

These statistics are alarming.

The most staggering increase occurred among deaths related to fentanyl and fentanyl analogs (synthetic opioids), which accounted for nearly 30,000 overdose deaths.

Sober Living Homes (SLH) are a pivotal part of the recovery process and extremely important to the long-term recovery of those who have gone through treatment for addiction. The value of sober living homes has been verified through several industry studies, and the combination of SLHs and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs) is proven to have a high rate of success.

Read on to learn how to successfully open and operate a sober living home.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Substance Use Disorder Recovery

Nov 7, 2018 11:15:25 AM / by Jon Dower, CIP, PR posted in Addiction Recovery


Recovery from addiction can be hard, and even scary, especially if a person with substance use disorder (SUD) or their family member is unsure of what they should be doing or looking for.

At Ascension Recovery Services, we want to make sure that we are educating others about all aspects of recovery, from a person just looking for resources or for someone who is at the end of their treatment.

Keep reading to learn about some of the commonly asked questions we receive, such as, but not limited to:

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Differences Between Intensive Outpatient Program and Partial Hospitalization Program

Oct 24, 2018 9:00:00 AM / by Ascension Recovery Services posted in intensive outpatient program


When deciding to develop an intensive outpatient program (IOP) or partial hospitalization program (PHP), it can be difficult to understand what exactly each program will offer.

Ascension Recovery Services provides start-up consulting services for organizations interested in developing residential treatment centers (RTC), intensive outpatient programs (IOP), partial hospitalization programs (PHP) and sober living homes (SLH).

Read on to learn more about what IOPs and PHPs can offer.

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Being Called Upon: Seeking Recovery Services for a Loved One

Oct 10, 2018 11:03:02 AM / by Ascension Recovery Services posted in supporting loved one, Addiction Recovery


Early in the summer, we received an email from a family member of a patient we were able to place in treatment through our services. He said that he was compelled to write this.

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Getting Recovery Treatment While Being a Student

Oct 3, 2018 9:38:32 AM / by Ascension Recovery Services posted in supporting loved one, Addiction Recovery


As a college student, it is most often seen as a “rite of passage” to partake in alcohol and substance use. For many students, this can lead to alcohol and drug abuse and addiction.

Due to everyday life issues, mental health concerns and the feeling of needing to keep up with the “college lifestyle,” many students enter into a revolving cycle of use and abuse. And, when they are ready to seek help, and recover--many universities may not be equipped to offer support or recovery services.

Read on to learn more about the difference between students in recovery and still using, how to support them during this time and the WVU Collegiate program developed through Ascension Recovery Services.

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Substance Use and Mental Health Grant Writing Services

Sep 19, 2018 3:08:33 PM / by Ascension Recovery Services posted in program development


When a government agency or private foundation fund your treatment and recovery programs, it is called a grant. Grants support critical treatment and recovery initiatives, innovative research and more. 

Ascension Recovery Services (ARS) has written many state, federal and private foundation grants that have received funding. In the past year, we have been awarded millions of dollars in grant funds. Currently, we are applying for tens of millions of dollars through our work with large healthcare systems, community hospitals and smaller organizations providing mental health and substance use disorder treatment.

Keep reading to learn about the grant lifecycle, getting started, eligibility and more.

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ARS Expanded Their Team In 2018 To Better Serve Their Clients

Aug 28, 2018 3:04:13 PM / by Ascension Recovery Services posted in Addiction Treatment Center


Ascension Recovery Services (ARS) expanded their team in 2018 to include four peer recovery coaches (PRC), one licensed marriage & family therapist, a controller and one LPC and certified trauma therapist working in program development.

The PRCs are:

  • Dan McCawley
  • Morgan Henson
  • Stephanie Klemp
Anne Christopher is serving as a controller, Maureen Marko is the licensed marriage and family therapist and Jason Batten is our LPC and certified trauma therapist working in program development

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