Recovery: Local addiction experts speak out

The Columbiana County Mental Health and Recovery Board brought along Deterra pouches to a substance abuse prevention event hosted by the Community Action Agency in East Liverpool.

“Life always offers you a second chance. It is called tomorrow,” read a placard sitting on the Columbiana County Mental Health and Recovery Board’s table at a Wednesday substance abuse prevention event hosted by the Community Action Agency in East Liverpool.

Dr. Joseph Sitarik, an addiction medicine specialist who closed out the discussion, provided a unique insight into the addict’s brain and body chemistry during the two-hour event held at the First Church of the Nazarene in East Liverpool. He urged those present, many of them in the addiction field in various capacities, the importance of surrounding addicts with advocates for treatment. “Until they are willing to change, nothing will change,” Dr. Sitarik reminded.

A large amount of his comments geared around marijuana, which has moved to the forefront here as states implement medical marijuana programs and other urge its use to replace those currently utilizing opiates and pain pills.

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