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October 2010
AaronStory of Success: Aaron Joshua- Sharing His Struggles to Empower Youth 


Aaron Joshua
Aaron Joshua


You can pay to learn or you can learn for free," were the words that echoed through the auditorium as Aaron Joshua spoke at the ADAMH Recovery Month Kick-Off event. After a heartfelt introduction from Senator Ray Miller (District 15), Joshua shared his story of success with the packed auditorium of community members in attendance to support alcohol and drug recovery. But life for Joshua was not always a success story.

Read more about Aaron Joshua here.

DavidPrescription Drug Abuse: A Problem in Franklin County 
ADAMH Legislative Breakfast
David Royer, ADAMH CEO 


If you ask a teenager if they know someone who smokes, they will most likely say "yes." If you ask them if they know someone who drinks alcohol or smokes marijuana, they still might say "yes." Most alarmingly, if you ask them if they know someone that abuses prescription drugs, you still may hear the answer: "yes."


October is Talk About Prescriptions Month, making now an important time to realize the danger, signs and symptoms that you or someone you know has an unhealthy relationship with prescription drugs. Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem in Franklin County. 


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CFACStudents & Suicide: Changing Thoughts About Suicide 
CFAC Evite Body Nov 2010


The Consumer & Family Advocacy Council (CFAC) is hosting a free educational seminar on Saturday, November 6 from 1-3 p.m. to learn about students and suicide. The training will be held at the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health (ADAMH) Board of Franklin County, 447 East Broad Street, Columbus (across from the Columbus Art Museum). 


Students and Suicide is a free seminar that will provide information about the signs, stigma, and prevention of student suicide. "From 2002-2006 there has been 35 students just at The Ohio State University who have died by suicide," said Laura Thielbar, a member of CFAC and the ADAMH Board of Trustees. "People need to know that these problems just don't go away, these students need help. Parents, teachers and friends should know the warning signs; it could potentially save a life."

Read more about the Students & Suicide event by clicking here.

annualmtg2010 ADAMH Annual Awards 

The ADAMH Board of Franklin County is currently accepting nominations for our 2010 Annual Awards.  Every year we consider nominations for five awards.  The awards are:
 Randall M. Dana Award of Excellence
 Barry Mastrine Award
 Art Lynn Consumer & Family Advocate Award
 Extraordinary Mile Award
 Grace Kindig Award

The deadline to submit your nomination is Friday, October 29, 2010.  If you have any additional questions, please contact ADAMH Public Affairs Manager Aimee Shadwick at 614-222-3751
Read more about the 2010 ADAMH Annual Meeting here. 
evidenceThe ADAMH Board Receives  Evidence-Based Practices Champion Award
evidence based practice award
(L to R): Steve Shober, Scott Gerhard, Dr. Kathy Burns,  Stephanie Patrick, David Royer, and Jon Ramos.


The ADAMH Board of Franklin County received the Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) Champion Award from the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at Case Western University (CEBP) on Wednesday, October 13 at the Evidence-Based Practice Conference held at the Columbus Convention Center.  It is the 10th anniversary of the Center's efforts to help spread evidence-based treatments throughout Ohio.

Read more about ADAMH receiving the award here. 

recoverymonthWrapping Up Recovery Month 2010
Ellis and Mason

Success Stories: Yaves Ellis and Tonika Mason

ADAMH hosted the 2010 Recovery Month Kick-Off Celebration on September 1, 2010 at the historic Lincoln Theatre Ballroom.
"Recovery Month is a national month-long event that occurs every September and highlights the benefits of alcohol and substance abuse treatment," said Ajamu' Brown, ADAMH Network Services Manager.  "We celebrate the contributions of our entire community and promote the message that recovery is possible." 

greenspotADAMH is a GreenSpot
The ADAMH Board of Franklin County recently received the designation of GreenSpot from the City of Columbus. Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman founded the program so the City of Columbus can "learn about living and working greener, and commit to doing it-in their homes, businesses, and communities" (Columbus GreenSpot Web site).

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