Drug and alcohol addiction has swept our country, our state and our local communities for decades. However, in the past five years and in the most recent five months, opioid addictions and overdoses have skyrocketed. In Ohio alone, nine people – friends, sons, mothers, grandfathers – die each day from drug-related causes. And this number will not get better until those suffering from crippling addiction have widespread access to quality recovery treatment, like that provided by Broadway Recovery Services.
Hopelessness to Restored Relationships
"In the summer of 2019 I relapsed on a combination of prescription sedatives while I was taking suboxone. This combination caused acute respiratory distress, I had overdosed, and by some miracle I survived. I spent time in jail, rehab, CCA and drug court over the last year and started to lose hope of being sober and happy, so I made a decision to go to sober living. I thought I wouldn't like living with so many guys under one roof, but it turned into a blessing. I was able to have a meeting every day amidst COVID-19 and always had someone to talk to through the hard times. I believe Broadway Recovery Services has not only helped me stay clean, alive and happy, but it has also restored my family’s faith in me again. Thank you Broadway for everything you've done for me."
Breaking the Grasp of Addiction
“During a particularly dark point in my life, I became very suicidal. I had been putting down liters of vodka like they were Powerades. I'd had enough of my addiction, and when a friend came to ask me for money to score some heroin, I gave him twice as much as he needed and told him to bring some back. Two hours and a half-gallon of vodka later, he came back and we shot up. I made it three steps into the house and collapsed.
The paramedics said that I'd died, and my mother said my lips had turned blue. Narcan brought me back from the brink to a feeling that made my worst hangover look like a walk in the park. My parents, who I was living with at the time, gave me the option of going to rehab or going to the streets. Being mid-December in Ohio, I was slightly reluctant to live in the streets, and even my friend who had brought the smack suggested it as a good idea. So I went and did three weeks of inpatient rehab and stayed sober for over eight months by going to meetings.
It wasn't enough, and I ended up in a cycle of depression and substance abuse for the better part of nine years. Finally, I got to a point a few months before my fortieth birthday where I could no longer take it, and I decided to call rehab myself. I detoxed in one place and did two months of inpatient at another, and the one place that I had to go to was a little house called Broadway.
My time here has given me what was missing the first time I tried to recover. I have been a house manager for nearly seven months and will celebrate a year of sobriety soon. Not only have I been in a safe environment where I could focus on my recovery, but I have been given purpose in the form of helping others who have broken the grasp addiction had on them. I recently got my CDCA certification and am in the process of becoming a certified peer supporter, and while I live one day at a time, I feel, more than ever in my life, that I have a bright future ahead.”
A Second Chance At Life
“In December of 2018, I was homeless and found overdosing behind a dumpster. Luckily, someone noticed and called EMTs who administered Narcan to revive me. Afterward, someone reached out to me to help me get into treatment. The overdose made me take my recovery more seriously by giving me a second chance at life and the willingness to put in the work.
After my initial treatment, it was suggested that I try sober living which led me to Broadway Recovery Services. At first I wanted to return home, but I ended up enjoying being in this area and being around the guys at Broadway. Broadway has grounded me in my recovery by helping me transition into real life and to deal with real life situations.”
Remembering Tommy Staltari
Birth: 3/24/87 – Death: 1/5/17
Adam Lonardo, who was a great friend to my son, asked my daughter and I if we would write a story of his life. I want to share his story, I want you to know what a beautiful person he was, what happened when he took that drug, and what happened when he got sober. Here is a little glimpse of my son’s life and what he meant to me and his family.
Smart and Savvy
Born March 24, 1987 was a blue eyed bald-headed baby named Thomas Anthony Staltari. He was a very good baby – he slept well and ate well and that didn’t change in the course of his life. He was a quiet child and was constantly in the shadow of his big sissy, following her around like a puppy.
At the age of three or four, Tom had his first experience on the ice. He started to learn to skate and shortly thereafter started the sport of hockey. He grew in this sport like no other, he was a great skater and an even greater hockey player. The sport was him and he was the sport. He had skills and his hockey took him to playing for the Cleveland Junior Barons AAA hockey. He was heading towards playing for College, AHL or even NHL. He won medals and newspapers wrote articles about him. It was the best time of our lives. He was very smart and savvy at a young age and people gravitated towards him. He had a lot of charisma – something that was both a blessing and a curse for him.
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Remembering Alex Barker
Birth: 9/30/91 – Death: 2/7/21
Alex was born September 30, 1991 in Youngstown, the son of Samuel III and Mary (Barnett) Barker. Graduating high school in 2010, he spent the rest of his life working his family’s company, West & Barker Inc.
Alex was a recovering addict and was active in helping with drug addiction recovery throughout Ohio and Texas. He fought a courageous battle with the disease of addiction and wanted to help anyone else that suffered from this epidemic. Alex was a long-time friend and supporter of Broadway Recovery Services, where he spent many hours sponsoring and helping residents in our program until he lost his battle with addiction on February 7, 2021.
Alex will be remembered for his brutally honest advice and compassion. From spending the summer on his 4-wheeler to playing with his dog Aida, Alex will truly be missed by everyone who knew him.
Alex Barker Recovery Scholarship Fund was established in his honor where all donations go to helping others overcome addiction.
9 overdose deaths/day
In 2019, nearly 71,000 people died from drug overdoses, an increase of 5% from 2018
In Ohio alone, 9 people die each day from drug-related causes
In 2019, Mahoning County had over 80 overdose deaths
In 2016, Mahoning County was ranked 11th (out of 88 counties) in Ohio for unintentional drug overdose deaths
More than 35 states have reported increases in opioid-related mortality since the start of COVID-19
It can take 4-8 doses of Narcan to keep someone who has overdosed alive until medical professionals arrive
At Broadway Recovery Services, each of our five sober homes has at least 10 Narcan kits
In the last five years, Narcan has been used at Broadway Recovery Services a total of 8 times
Since becoming a non-profit organization in 2018, there has only been 1 overdose among active Broadway Recovery Services residents