Looking back over the year

Cathy Brownfield

We are on the other side of the Deep Freeze of December 2022. We are ready to close the book that was written over the year. And do you remember Y2K and the fear that the world was coming to an end? How much has changed in the last quarter of a century!


But babies continue to be born. Children still go to school to learn. Everyone continues on their life journeys including loving old friends, making new ones and making plans for the future as they also live in the moment. This seems like a good opportunity to review the information, the outreach to readers who come to this place week after week. Sometimes we share difficult topics. Life does get ugly sometimes, but, one way or another, things work out in the end.

Fentanyl issues are still issues, as is teen suicide. How can we help to guide youth through the crises they face to the other side of their current problems to the time when the sun begins to shine again? How can we give them hope that these things that are so challenging to them also will pass?

New risks were reported late in 2021. We reported some of them to you, like para-fluorofentanyl dangers.

Teen dating violence continues to occur. Healthy relationships are important to a person’s well-being. Trust, honesty, respect, equality and compromise are essential qualities in a good relationship.


Video-gaming, opioid misuse still impacts our community and there are concerns about gambling as Ohio legalizes sports gambling beginning at midnight Jan. 1. Alcohol and marijuana misuse affect highway safety for everyone.

Deaths of despair became a term as society has struggled with significant loss of hope that has been attributed by some sources to be related to the decline of religion and the inability to find meaning of life. Everyone needs something to believe in, something solid, the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. The loss of life brings such grief to the loved ones left behind.

Bullying, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, stress in adolescents, vaping, the pandemic have contributed to the unease everyone feels. But all is not as hopeless. FRC has shared how important the job of parenting is, and how to add to the parenting skills toolbox. We have urged readers to develop the best potential – be the best that you can be. Nobody can demand more than your best. We have offered information about Alzheimer’s that affects everyone in the family.

FRC has utilized this precious space to speak of prevention – substance misuse, child abuse and neglect, suicide. We have talked with you about life purpose, emotional bank accounts, positive-thinking and self-care.

This year has taught everyone a lot about life. We also have learned how important it is to be connected to each other in positive ways – and sometimes through hardships – so we can continue to put one foot in front of the other.

You can find the archive of articles at the FRC website, familyrecovery.org, and at the FRC page at Facebook.

May you have a wonderful adventure to secure your well-being in 2023.

For more information about Family Recovery Center’s programs and services for substance abuse and related behavioral issues, contact the agency at 964 N. Market St., Lisbon; phone, 330-424-1468; or email info@familyrecovery.org. Visit the website at familyrecovery.org. You can find Family Recovery Center at Facebook. FRC is funded in part by the Columbiana County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board.