Ohio's Forgotten Epidemic

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Stephanie Neeley celebrated a different kind of birthday earlier this month.

August 6 marked the first whole year of sobriety for the 36-year-old mother from Norwood, Ohio. For someone who couldn’t stay off drugs for even a few months since she started using, Neeley said her recovery felt like a blessing.

“I never expected it to be this good. It’s just beautiful,” Neeley said. She joined a sober living community run by the Cincinnati-based nonprofit New Foundations last year. “Things happen and I have bad days. But I no longer find it necessary to get high over that.” 

She says she’s grateful that she’s not trying to get clean in the middle of a pandemic. Once addicted to opiates, Neeley now manages two living facilities for New Foundations and mentors other women with drug addiction issues.

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