C.A.R.E. sponsors 'Hope for Recovery' event

Portage County to fund men's residential treatment

RAVENNA, Ohio - Citizens for Addiction Recovery and Education ( C.A.R.E. ), a Portage County group working to publicize addiction issues and options, is holding an educational program Saturday night from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Ravenna High School Auditorium, 6589 North Chestnut Street, Ravenna, OH  44266.

The "Hope for Recovery" program will feature speakers affected by addiction, health care professionals, and representatives from various Portage County government agencies.

The event comes on the heels of last week's announcement by the county's Mental Health & Recovery Board to provide funding for a men's residential addiction recovery facility opening in 2013.

According to the county, up to $157,000 will be spent to launch the men's treatment center.

More than $200,000 in additional monies, including a federal grant, have been be allocated for treatment, vocational and psychiatric services.

Portage County has had a female residential treatment facility for decades but none for men.

The principal founders of C.A.R.E., Portage County residents, Valerie Root and Jeremy Taugner, have worked throughout the last year to raise awareness and funds for a men's center.

Both Root, who lost a son due to overdose, and Taugner, a recovering addict, will speak at tonight's event.

For more information, click this link to the Citizens for Addiction and Recovery website.

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