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Tuesday, 16 October 2018 11:45

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 10/20/18

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The opioid epidemic has devastated our country claiming many loved ones along the way. Back in November of 2017, Bill Sternberg, USA Today editorial page Editor, lost his son Scott to an overdose. Through his grief, Bill decided to share Scott’s story in an attempt to help spread awareness and possibly help others struggling with this disease. 
Scott was prescribed a 30-day prescription for opioids coming off an emergency surgical procedure. Although it was considered common practice, this is, unfortunately many people’s introduction to opioids and can often start them down the path of addiction. Scott, like many others, lost his battle with opioids shortly after. 
Greg joins Bill as the two of them discuss many of the obstacles that people face when battling this disease. One of the largest hurdles is to break the stigma behind addiction and avoiding dangerous clichés, such as “hitting rock bottom.” Hear Greg and Bill discuss how the epidemic has evolved and various steps our country has taken to combat the crisis.

Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine

Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity

21281 Chardon Rd.

Euclid, Ohio 44117






Tuesday, 09 October 2018 10:56

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 10/13/18

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Back in 2015, The White House confirmed that the opioid epidemic cost America around $504 billion. Employees with pain medication use disorder cost organizations more than three times the average worker. This has caused a new crisis to emerge in today’s economy. There aren’t enough workers who are able to pass a drug test to fill all of the available openings. Other than the skyrocketing cost of employee healthcare, absenteeism and high turnover rates have also plagued companies throughout America. 
Today’s podcast, Greg meets with Kathleen Herath, AVP of Well-Being and Safety at Nationwide Insurance. They are also joined by Robert Hardin-Leeth, Director of Safety to discuss employee wellness and the Nationwide Substance-Free Workplace Program. The program offers two different perspectives; monitoring and education. This includes not only random drug testing, but also counseling and intervention. Listen for more details on how Nationwide maintains a safe work environment, while also getting employees the treatment that they need.
Tuesday, 02 October 2018 12:05

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 10/06/18

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Almost every single American has been impacted by the opioid crisis. Whether it’s a friend, loved one or our own personal struggle with addiction, the epidemic has affected millions in this nation. The book "American Fix" is a sort-of memoir of Ryan Hampton’s struggle with opioid abuse and his journey. Hampton is a National Addiction Recovery Advocate, as well as a former White House staffer who has dedicated his life to exposing and ending this crisis. 
In “American Fix,” Hampton calls for political leaders to rise up and take a firm stance on opioids and even challenges politicians to make a pledge to address this issue. He also touches on the Facing Addiction Across America Project, where Hampton himself documented his own travels across the country in which he visited various regions that were severely hit by the epidemic. Check out some of these programs that Hampton has partnered with, such as Rise Together, Rebel Recovery and also Indigo Life out of Dayton, OH. 
For this podcast, Greg joins Hampton and discusses his 10-year battle with addiction and then his journey through recovery. Listen to hear more of his story and how Hampton has become a leading voice for those in recovery today.
Wednesday, 26 September 2018 11:34

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 09/29/18

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Since the birth of the U.S. Attorney’s Heroin and Opioid Task Force, there have been many advancements in the fight against opioid abuse. One of their many achievements is the availability of Narcan and making it more widespread throughout communities. Also, law enforcement has developed new protocols for booking drug traffickers and hospitals have furthered education with their physicians in an attempt to change prescribing practices.
In this second half of this two-part series, Greg continues to share highlights from the conference that was held in Cleveland on September 6th called “Opioids: A Crisis Still Facing Our Entire Community” and discusses the progress of The Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium. 
Listen to today’s podcast to learn more about the innovative programs that are making a difference in the opioid epidemic here in Northeast Ohio.
Wednesday, 26 September 2018 09:15

October News from Our Lady of the Lourdes Shrine






                                                                                    October, 2018

Dear Friends,

We continue with the topic good advice from Mary the Mother of Jesus.

Last month we talked about how Mary tells us to do whatever Jesus tells us to do.  This month we ask the question: How do we know what God wants us to do?  Again, Mary comes to the rescue.  Let’s look at scripture. In Luke 1: 26-38 the angel Gabriel said to Mary: “Hail full of grace the Lord is with you.”  Gabriel does not call her by her given name.  He gives her a title.  The title is “full of grace.”  What does that mean?  That means that Mary was full of God because grace is the life of God within us.  So even before the Holy Spirit overshadowed her the life of God, grace, was within her.  How does one get the life of God to be within them?  The answer is prayer.  Prayer is conversation with God.  It is inviting God to live within us.  We must give God permission to abide in us.  He will not barge in and invade our space.  He is very respectful of our free will.  Mary gave God permission to dwell within her in a very special way.  She would be the Mother of Jesus, but not until her words of approval were spoken.  She says to the angel: “Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be done to me according to your word.”

Can we do that too?  Can we allow God to speak to us in prayer so that we know what His will for us might be?  Try it.  See what happens.

October 7st, we will be celebrating Rosary Sunday.  That is our Fall Festival.   If you can, it would be a perfect time to visit. Masses are at 8:00AM, 9:30 AM and 11:00AM as well as the regular services and a candle light procession. The festival begins after the 9:30 AM Mass. You will find a bake sale, handmade craft items, prizes on wheels, a lot of food and of course our gift shop. On Friday, October 26 we will have a 4:00 PM rosary and prayers for priests.  Help us to support our priests through prayer.  Please join us! 

Although the weather is changing please remember that we are open and have the 9:30 AM Mass until October 28th. We have many activities scheduled during the winter season so please do not forget us.  The Spring and Summer schedule will resume the first Sunday of May, but don’t forget us during the winter.  Come and visit.  Thank you from the Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity.

Please remember that October is the month of the Rosary and try to say it every day and encourage someone to join you, even for only a decade. November is the month dedicated for the deceased.  Below you will find a form to pray for your deceased loved ones for the month of November.

Please remember that if you can not make it to the Shrine to light your candles for the Blessed Mother we will gladly do this for you for four days a month for a donation of $20.00 or 16 days for 6 months for $100.00.

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Wednesday, 19 September 2018 09:33

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 09/22/18

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In late 2013, many of Northeast Ohio’s leading institutions joined forces to formulate a Community Action Plan, a document to serve as a master plan for communities as they move forward in their fight against the opioid epidemic. The Action Plan was divided into four categories which eventually morphed into four subcommittees: Education and Prevention, Healthcare Policy and Treatment; Law Enforcement; and Data and Analysis. This group that formulated the Action Plan continued to meet every month as part of what became known as the U.S. Attorney’s Heroin and Opioid Task Force. 
In the first episode of this two part series, Greg shares highlights from the conference that was held in Cleveland on September 6th called “Opioids: A Crisis Still Facing Our Entire Community” where the group reconvened to review their progress and revise the Community Action Plan. 
Listen to today’s podcast to learn about the innovative programs that are making a difference in the opioid epidemic here in Northeast Ohio.
Wednesday, 12 September 2018 08:46

Motivational Monday September 10, 2018

Monday, September 10, 2018

Make joy your perspective

Joy is not the result of any particular possession, experience, or situation. Joy arises out of the way you choose to see the situation and to live the experience.

Joy is available all the time, in every moment. What you must do is see it, live it, give it, be it.

Don’t strive to arrange the details in a specific fashion in the hope that they will cause joy. Be yourself the cause of joy, and allow the details of experience to flow from that joy.

There is joy in the moment when you give joy to the moment. The time, the place, the experience and those who share it are special when you see, with joy, how special they are.

Let go of judgments and assumptions. See if you can allow joy to be your perspective.

Here is where you can make new joy. Now is when.

— Ralph Marston

Read more at http://greatday.com/#9sfbp0Qmk6CcorTA.99 

Tuesday, 11 September 2018 11:06

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 09/15/18

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One of the major contributing factors to the opioid epidemic has been linked to the over-prescribing of opioids for pain relief. Treatment methods, such as chiropractic care, have been offered in many states as an alternative to prescribing opioids. Chiropractors practicing in Ohio participated in a recent survey regarding coverage from Ohio’s largest payers. The results were alarming. According to the statistics, both public and private payers favor opioid prescriptions over alternative treatments, which can very well contribute to the ongoing epidemic. 
Greg is joined by Dr. Aaron McMichael and Dr. Vern Saboe on this podcast and the three discuss alternative pain methods and why it is vital to get insurance companies behind non-drug treatments. The state of Oregon recently revised their guidelines after many successfully lobbied to get these larger healthcare payers to extend their coverage to non-pharmacologic methods. Hear how alternative pain treatment can be a key component to lessen the dependency on pharmaceuticals and combat the growing crisis.
Wednesday, 05 September 2018 09:08

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 09/08/18

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We’ve profiled many programs on our series that are designed to get people into treatment for substance use disorder. We’ve done episodes on QRT teams in Colerain Ohio, the DART program in Toledo, the PAARI program from Gloucester, Massachusetts, Safe Stations in Manchester, New Hampshire and AnchorED in Providence, Rhode Island. The goal of each of these programs is to get people get into treatment. But what if they’re not ready? Today Greg interviews Brendan Cox, the Director of Policing Strategies for LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion), a program that begins before someone is ready for treatment. 
L.E.A.D offers multiple support services, including transitional housing or even drug treatment, to offenders to get them on a guided path towards behavioral change. This form of treatment is in response to various public health issues, such as untreated mental illness, addiction, poverty and homelessness. In loosening the dependence on the justice system, programs such as LEAD have increased the effectiveness of treatment and provided additional opportunities to individuals that previously they may not have had.
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