“Meeting people where they are in their lives. That seems the best way to describe my approach to serving as President and CEO of Maryhaven. Maryhaven helps people restore hope in their lives, leads the kind of research and innovation that overcomes the complexities of mental illness and addiction, and serves people with a passion which comes from deep within our hearts.” –  Shawn Holt


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  • On a Mission

    Meeting people where they are in their lives. That seems the best way to describe my approach to serving as president and CEO of Maryhaven. I believe Maryhaven should help people recover hope in their lives, lead the kind of research and innovation that overcomes the complexities of mental illness and addiction, and serve people with a passion that comes from deep within our hearts.

    That approach flows naturally from my personal and professional experiences. I was born to a 16-year old mom and never really knew my father.

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  • The Epidemic of Addiction

    We collectively shivered when recent news stories documented that Ohio leads the nation in opioid overdose deaths. More than 2,100 addicts in Ohio died from opiate overdoses in 2014, according to a state-by-state analysis of Center for Disease Control and Prevention records conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

    Opioid overdoses signal a person’s ultimate loss of control to a relapsing brain disease. That loss is a feeling gambling addicts often know as well.

    Addiction to gambling is the only behavioral addiction recognized by mental health professionals and neuroscientists. When the American Psychiatric Association officially moved pathological gambling from the impulse-control disorder section of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) to the addictions chapter in May 2013, it signaled a landmark decision that followed 15 years of brain research.

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  • Same Old Family Thing…

    Research shows that the gambling addict is unaware or won’t admit to the toll addiction takes on the entire family. After all, the pathological gambler’s ability to think logically, even to show empathy, has been hijacked.

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  • How Can You Lie to Someone You Love?

    Numerous research studies find that spouses of problem gamblers often feel angry, depressed and “distant” from the gambler.” (Journal of Gambling Issues, Issue 31, 2015) And no wonder. Pathological gamblers may lie, cheat and even steal to continue feeding their addiction. In fact, a harsh but commonly repeated question among those dealing with this disease asks, “How do you know an addict is lying?” Answer: “His lips are moving.”

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  • The Winning Ticket

    The boundaries of zip code 43207 outline an area known as the “South Side” by those who know and love Columbus. It was one of the first developed communities in our city, a neighborhood once dominated by manufacturing plants and diverse working class families.

    Today its population continues to be diverse, comprised of 61% white, 30% African American and 4% Latinos. But as plants closed over the years, economic opportunities dwindled. Poverty skyrocketed to 45%, high school drop out rates rose to 30% and the South Side now has the city’s highest number of mortgage foreclosures.

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