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Returning Home Ohio Success

Photo of Timothy in front of a truck

Nov 08, 2018

By Community Support Services

In early 2018, Timothy was connected with the Returning Home Ohio (RHO) program.  He refers to RHO as “a blessing in my life.”  He added, “I don’t know where I would be today without this program.  It has saved my life.” Timothy’s story begins more than 40 years ago when he was only 8 years old. 

As a young person, Timothy had symptoms of depression.  He experienced significant conflicts within his family.  He made the first of many suicide attempts.   As he became older, he continued to experience mental health symptoms; however, he also began to use substances to cope with his symptoms.  He reports a history of abusing alcohol, crack, methamphetamine, and marijuana. He acknowledges using alcohol and crack daily during his heaviest period of use.

Throughout his life, Timothy experienced numerous inpatient admissions due to mental health and substance use. During this time, he also attempted to engage in outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment. Additionally, he was arrested numerous times, resulting in 7 periods of incarceration in the state penitentiary. 

The most recent incarceration was for 6 years at Belmont Correctional Institution.  During this confinement, he learned of the RHO program. 
Timothy shared, “This program (RHO) is different.  I have been through a lot of different treatments.  These people really care about me.  They want me to succeed.  Since day one, they have been there to help me. They show they care.”

Since being released from prison, with the support of the RHO program, Timothy has been able to secure a place to live.   For him, like most individuals, having a place to call home is critical. 
Additionally, Timothy has been working at Moon’s Auto Recycling.  He reports this is one of the longest periods of time he has kept a job.  He is grateful for the company, stating, “Moon’s gave me a chance despite my background.”   He shared, “It is hard work, but I enjoy having something to do each day.”  He also explained, “It is important for me to work.  The structure helps keep me focused.”

Dawn Rohrig, RHO Coordinator, describes Timothy as having a positive attitude and a willingness to do better.  Timothy commented, “Whenever our meeting ends, Dawn always reminds me of the next time she will see me. It gives me hope as she believes in me.”   With Timothy’s determination and demonstrated commitment, partnered with the caring and support of the RHO program, Timothy will continue his recovery journey.

Learn more about RHO program www.cssbh.org/returning-home-ohio.