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Reintegrate Appalachia Awarded Grant From Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Power Initiative

Apr 3, 2019 11:32:13 AM / by Ascension Recovery Services posted in re-employment initiative


Reintegrate Appalachia (Reintegrate), a workforce reemployment initiative for those in early recovery from substance use disorder (SUD), was awarded a multi-year grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) POWER Initiative in February 2019. Reintegrate is a collaborative effort between West Virginia Sober Living (WVSL), Coalfield Development Corporation (Coalfield) and is supported by West Virginia University Health Sciences Center (WVU HSC).

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Addiction Treatment Program Development: WVU Medicine Center for Hope and Healing

Mar 27, 2019 10:09:56 AM / by Ascension Recovery Services posted in Addiction Treatment Center, Addiction Recovery, intensive outpatient program, program development, residential treatment center


On March 4, 2019, WVU Medicine launched its new facility the WVU Medicine Center for Hope and Healing, a medically managed withdrawal stabilization and residential treatment center for individuals affected by substance use disorders (SUD).

WVU Medicine and the WVU Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry already offer a comprehensive menu of outpatient services for people with SUD, and the addition of withdrawal management and 28-day rehabilitation completes the in-house continuum of care for these disorders. The Center is a 29,305 square-foot addiction treatment facility that offers 12 beds for subacute medically managed withdrawal residential care and 30 beds for residential care up to 28 days.

Ascension Recovery Services was honored to work with WVU Medicine, WVU Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry to help develop this program.Read on to learn more about the residential treatment center, and how Ascension helped.

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Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

Mar 6, 2019 8:00:00 AM / by Ascension Recovery Services posted in Addiction Recovery, intervention


Is drug addiction considered a mental illness? Addiction disturbs the brain, which then challenges an individual's needs and desires replacing them with new priorities like procuring substances to use. 

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, lists criteria for SUDs, as well as distinguishes the differences of severity levels of substance misuse.

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Enabling Behavior: Are You Enabling Your Child?

Feb 20, 2019 8:00:00 AM / by Ascension Recovery Services posted in Addiction Recovery, Addiction


If your child is using substances (drugs and alcohol), you may have been told that there are certain things you do for them are “enabling.” This can be hard because all you want to do is help them.

Read on to learn about what enabling is, signs of enabling and how to break the cycle.

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How to Get a Behavioral Health License

Feb 6, 2019 8:00:00 AM / by Ascension Recovery Services posted in Addiction Treatment Center


Working to get a behavioral health license from your home state can be an arduous task. Doing this type of work involves a strict adherence to state regulation and code so that you can be granted the license. It is easy to get lost in all of the red tape that goes along with pursuing a behavioral health license.

Ascension has created a universal approach to addressing state requirements, adjusting policies and procedures to meet those requirements and uses good business sense to create a profitable and effective treatment program.

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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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