How Long is Alcohol Rehab?

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There are many different variables that impact the duration of alcohol rehab. Rehab for alcoholics can be delivered in an inpatient or outpatient setting, affecting how long treatment lasts.  Whether or not someone begins rehab for alcohol abuse with supervised medical detoxification also influences the treatment time frame. Read on to learn more about what […]

How Are Alcohol and Cancer Linked?

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Alcohol and cancer can be strongly linked. In the United States, around 6% of all cancer diagnoses and 4% of all cancer-related deaths are attributed to alcohol consumption, according to ACS (American Cancer Society). That said, alcohol consumption is a cancer risk factor that anyone has the ability to moderate. Alcohol and Cancer Risk The […]

Liver Cirrhosis from Alcohol: Signs, Symptoms, & Treatment

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Cirrhosis of the liver can result from alcohol abuse. Liver cirrhosis is a condition characterized by irreversible scarring that impairs liver function. This damage can eventually cause liver failure. Cirrhosis develops due to ongoing liver injury over a prolonged period. The primary culprits include alcohol and drug use, viral infections, and metabolic issues. What Is […]

Drunk Driving: Statistics, Facts, & Consequences

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NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) reports that there are 37 drunk driving deaths every day in the United States. This translates to more than one tragedy every hour of the day. Like rates of alcoholism, drunk driving is on the increase.  Drunk Driving Statistics DUI (driving under the influence) of alcohol and/or drugs is […]

10 Benefits of Quitting Alcohol

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There are many benefits of quitting alcohol, many of which are immediate. Positive effects of quitting alcohol are more pronounced in those who have been drinking heavily or long-term. The main benefits of giving up alcohol are the dramatic improvements in both physical and mental health. Read on to discover what happens when you quit […]

How to Say No to Alcohol Peer Pressure

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Rates of alcohol addiction are at an all-time high in the United States with 29 million adults meeting the criteria for alcohol use disorder. For many people, learning how to avoid peer pressure to drink alcohol can mean the difference between sustained recovery and relapse. Read on and find out how to say no to […]

Living With an Alcoholic Husband

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If your partner is battling alcohol use disorder – the clinical term for alcoholism – there are steps you can take to support both you and your spouse as you navigate the challenges associated with their excessive drinking. If you are married to an alcoholic husband, keep in mind that you are neither the root […]

Is Mixing Cocaine and Alcohol Dangerous?

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It is dangerous to mix cocaine and alcohol. The alcohol and cocaine mix triggers the production of cocaethylene, a highly toxic substance. This means that this blend of commonly abused substances is considered a potentially lethal combination. What Happens When You Mix Cocaine and Alcohol? When cocaine and alcohol are combined, they produce more harmful […]

Alcohol Poisoning: Signs, Symptoms, & Treatment

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Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to a state where the amount of alcohol in the system surpasses the body’s ability to metabolize it effectively. This overwhelming influx of alcohol means that the body must exert extra effort to eliminate the alcohol. During the metabolic process, alcohol is converted into acetaldehyde, a substance that is even […]

Alcohol Weakened Immune System

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While liver damage is commonly linked to alcohol consumption, both moderate and chronic alcohol use can have a substantial impact on the immune system. An alcohol weakened immune system disrupts the body’s ability to defend itself effectively against infections and diseases. Read on to discover how drinking alcohol weakens the immune system and learn how […]

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Christopher Glover CDCA

My name is Christopher Glover, and I am from Cincinnati, Ohio. I am currently in school and working to grow in competence to better support our community. As a recovering individual I know the struggles that you or a loved one can go through and that there is help for anything you may be struggling with.

The hardest part is asking for help and we are here as a team to best support you and your decision to start your journey towards a better future. Connect with Chris on LinkedIn

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Amanda Kuchenberg PRS CDCA

I recently joined Ohio Community Health Recovery Centers as a Clinical Case Manager. I am originally from Wisconsin but settled in the Cincinnati area in my early 20s.  My career started in the fashion industry but quickly changed as I searched to find my drive and passion through helping others who struggle with addiction. 

As someone who is also in recovery, I wanted to provide hope, share lived experience, and support others on their journey.  I currently have my Peer Recovery Support Supervision Certification along with my CDCA and plan to continue my education with University of Cincinnati so I can continue to aid in the battle against substance addiction. Connect with Amanda on LinkedIn.

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Patrick McCamley LCDC III

 Patrick McCamley (Clinical Therapist) is a Cincinnati native who has worked in substance use disorder/co-occurring mental health disorder treatment since 2019. Patrick received his bachelors degree in psychology from University of Cincinnati in 2021 and received his LCDC III (Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor) license from the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board in 2022. Patrick has worked in Clinical Operations, Clinical Case Management, and Clinical Therapy throughout his career.

Patrick has tremendous empathy and compassion for the recovery community, being in recovery himself since 2018. Patrick is uniquely qualified to be helpful because of the specific combination of his academic background and his own experience in recovery.

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Bill Zimmerman CDCA

Bill Zimmerman is a Greater Cincinnati Area native who has worked in substance use disorder/co-occurring mental health disorder treatment since 2018. Bill received his (Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant) license from the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board in 2020.

Bill has worked in Clinical Operations in both support and supervision, and Program facilitating and 12 step recovery support during his career. Bill has a passion for the recovery community, having been in recovery himself since 1982. Connect with Bill on LinkedIn

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Taylor Lilley CDCA, PRS

Growing up in Louisiana with addiction running rampant on both sides of my family. A life away from drugs and alcohol seemed impossible for someone like me. I remember what it was like sitting across from someone thinking there is no way they could ever understand what I was going through.

Sharing my experience offers a credibility and a certain type of trust with clients that only someone who has walked down this road can illustrate. To immerse myself further into the field of addiction, I am currently studying at Cincinnati State for Human and Social Services.  I hope I never forget where I came from, if I can do it, so can you!

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Thomas Hunter LSW

Hello my name is Thomas Hunter. I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. I am a licensed social worker.In my scope of practice I have worked in the areas of mental health and recovery for thirty years. The clients I have worked with in my career have ranged in age from seven to seventy.

I strive each day to serve my purpose of helping those in need and I believe I do so by utilizing all of my experiences to accomplish my goal of supporting those who desire to establish their sobriety and maintain it in their recovery. Connect with Thomas on LinkedIn.

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Mary D.Porter,LICDC

 My name is Mary D. Porter. I received my Masters of Social Work in 2008 from The University of Cincinnati. I received My Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor Licensure in 2001. I retired from The Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center on April 14, 2014. Currently, I am the Associate Clinical Director for The Ohio Community Health Recovery Centers in Cincinnati.. Due to the fourth wave of the Opioid Epidemic in 2019,  I decided to enter back into the workforce to assist the addicted population.

The overdoses were astounding and I wanted to help.  I consider myself  to be an advocate for the addicted population. My compassion, resilience, empathy, wisdom, knowledge, experience and  love I have for this forgotten population goes beyond words. I consider what I do for the addicted population as a calling versus a “career,” because I too was once an “addict and alcoholic.” Today I am 45.5 years alcohol and substance free.

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Ben Lemmon LCDC III

Hello, my name is Ben Lemmon, and I’m the Vice President and Clinical Director at Ohio Community Health Recovery Centers. I’ve been working in the addiction and mental health field since 2013 and decided to enter the field after overcoming my own challenges with addiction.

When I first meet a client, I always explain to them that the reason we are meeting is because they are not capable of obtaining or maintaining sobriety, and my goal is to create a person that can maintain sobriety. I believe a person’s personality is made up of their thoughts, feelings and actions and my job is to help clients identify the thoughts, feelings and actions that have them disconnected from recovery and provide them with the tools to live a healthy and happy life. Connect with Ben on LinkedIn