Recovery housing key to reducing OD deaths, county group says

Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 8:00 PM

Recovering drug users Sarah Northrop-Fowler, Andrew Leadford and Cory Kabara (right), all discussed the importance of recovery housing Thursday at a Community Overdose Action Team monthly update. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF
Chris Stewart
Recovering drug users Sarah Northrop-Fowler, Andrew Leadford and Cory Kabara (right), all discussed the importance of recovery housing Thursday at a Community Overdose Action Team monthly update. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF(Chris Stewart)

Overdose deaths in Montgomery County are at the year’s lowest level — about 40 a month — after hitting a high of 80 in May. Now, a community team working on the problem believes a key to reducing the number further is through longer-term recovery housing, which can lower the odds of relapse.

Experts say drug addiction doesn’t end after a month or two in a treatment program. To keep recovering addicts from going back to their old friends and habits requires a transition from treatment back into jobs and the community.

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Cory Kabara, 33, spent nine months in a treatment program and now credits his continued sobriety to the structure provided by a recovery house in a local neighborhood.

“Every single day of the week, we have something to do,” Kabara, a Lima native, said. “At first it can seem overwhelming, but there’s a plan behind it – learning how to deal with life in a positive way … and helping others in the process.”

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Recovery houses located in residential areas is a focus of faith-based organizations, nonprofits, some private citizens and the state of Ohio through county drug boards.

Joshua Recovery Ministries, where Kabara is now a house steward, operates four Dayton-area recovery houses, some of which are supported by the Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services (ADAMHS).

In all, the ADAMHS board is affiliated with seven providers operating nine local recovery houses with the ability to serve 30 women and 25 men.

“A safe place to recover is vitally important,” Helen Jones-Kelley, ADAMHS’ executive director, said. “Recovery housing relies on peer support and building a mindset and supportive network that individuals can take with them as they transition back into the community.”

Sarah Northrop-Fowler battled addiction for more than half her 31 years. During that time she divorced, lost custody of her son, served time in prison and was brought back to life twice with Narcan, the overdose reversal drug.

“I was homeless, penniless, hopeless. A truly walking, lifeless shell,” she said.

Residing in a Lighthouse Project recovery house has helped her live the last 10 months free of drugs, Northrop-Fowler said.

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The peer-supported arrangement is not to be confused with a group home, Jones-Kelley said. The housing is designed for those well along in their recovery to provide a safe environment supportive of abstinence and help connect residents to community services. The houses are also meant to build structure and routine and to promote life skills development aimed toward employment.

But not everyone approves of recovering addicts living next door.

A group that purchased the Branch of the Vine Church in Miamisburg for recovery housing met resistance this summer by some nearby residents. In 2016, fire engulfed a house on Berwyck Avenue in Harrison Twp. as it underwent renovations to house recovering addicts.

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“I just ask that you be open-minded in considering the benefits that the cities and schools and our children and the once-broken homes could gain while allowing those like myself the opportunity to become clean,” Northrop-Fowler said.

Northrop-Fowler, Kabara and another man in recovery housing, Andrew Leadford, 34, all made the case for the need for recovery houses on Thursday at a Community Overdose Action Team (COAT) update to the community.

Since 2014, the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services has invested resources to bring online more than 1,000 recovery housing beds statewide, said spokesman Eric Wandersleben.

“Expanding access to housing remains a key priority and is considered a core tenet of the long-term recovery paradigm,” said Wandersleben.

The latest biennial state budget includes more than $25 million for recovery-oriented system of care that incorporates vital supports housing, peer services and employment as part of the acute care model. In Montgomery County, about $789,000 of Human Services Levy funding is spent for recovery housing matched by federal and state funds, said Jones-Kelley.

Giving a recovering addict a place in the housing comes at a lower cost than jail, according to a 2013 state study. One report showed a per-tenant savings of $29,000 compared to not putting them in housing.

Last year, 4,050 Ohioans died from unintentional drug overdoses, according to the Ohio Department of Health. Fentanyl and extremely potent related synthetic opioids were involved in 58 percent of the deaths. In Montgomery County, 349 people died during 2016 from overdoses, 251 due to fentanyl or analogues.

“I know this epidemic is troublesome to say the least. But there’s so much hope,” Kabara said. “I’ve seen guys come into Joshua Recovery Ministries with nothing – I swear to you nothing but the clothes on their back – and they leave with the custody of their kids.”

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Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 12:53 AM
Updated: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 7:27 AM

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic.

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

Major Highway Incidents

  • On northbound Interstate 75 at U.S. 35 in Dayton, a crash reported around 7:20 a.m. is blocking the left lane. 

Surface Street Incidents

  • No incidents to report. 

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

Live look at highways on our traffic cameras here.

Latest traffic conditions are also available on our traffic map. 


  • Farmersville-West Carrollton Road and Upper River Road, ROAD CLOSURE the week of June 25 due to a railroad tie replacement project. The project is expected to last 2 - 3 days. Detour signs will be posted at the site.
  • Bellefontaine Road between Chambersburg Road and Taylorsville Road, ROAD CLOSURE Jun 25 - 26 for installation of a new water main. The official detour is: Brandt Pike. More information is available here. 
  • Valley Street between Stanley Avenue and Brandt Street will be closed for reconstruction through late October. This is the first phase of a project to reconstruct Valley Street from Stanley Avenue to Rita Street.
  • Arlington Road between Pleasant Plain and Upper Lewisburg Salem Road, BRIDGE CLOSURE, March 5 - Sept. 30. All ramps for I-70 will remain open. 
  • Keowee Street north of Stanley Avenue, bridge closed until 2019. The official detour is: Keowee Street to Stanley Avenue to I-75 to Wagner Ford Road and back to Dixie. More information is available here.
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west, RAMP CLOSURE, March 12 - Sept. 30. The official detour is: I-75 north to US 35 east to Jefferson/Main Street to Ludlow Street to US 35 west
  • I-75 between Northwoods Boulevard and the Miami County Line, Nightlylane closures June 4 - July 9 between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Two lanes will remain open in each direction. 
  • I-75 between SR 48 and Needmore Road, Nightly lane closures April 29 - July 31 between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Will become double lane closures at 10 p.m. 
  • SR 48 between First Street and Riverdale Street, Lane closure April 2, 2018 - April 1, 2019. One lane will remain open in each direction.


  • State Route 235 between Dayton Yellow Springs and Enon Roads, ROAD CLOSURE for six months. The official detour is U.S. 68, West Hyde, and West Enon Roads.
  • Trebein Road from U.S. 35, Lane restrictions April 16 - August, 2018 for construction of a right turn lane. One lane will remain maintained at all times with flagging operations. 



  • N. Market Street between Foss Way/Kirk Lane and Stonyridge Avenue, ROAD CLOSURE March 5 at 7 a.m. - Aug. 10 at 5 p.m. 
  • US 36 westbound between Scott Drive and Kienle Drive, Lane closure March 26 - June 30. One westbound lane will remain open. 
  • US 36 between Scott Drive and Aerovent Drive, Lane closure April 26 - August 31. 


  • Arcanum Bears-Mill Road between Folkerth Road and Erisman Road, ROAD CLOSURE June 4 - August 3. The official detour is: SR 49 to US 36/US 127 to US 36
  • SR 49 between Rossburg Lighsville Road and SR 47, Daily lane closures May 28 - July 2 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • SR 722 between Gordon-Landis Road and SR 49, Dailylane closures May 28 - July 2 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Sweitzer Street/ West Fourth Street between Pine Street and Sycamore Street, ROAD CLOSURE May 21 - May 31, 2019. The official detour is: Pine Street to Washington Avenue to Broadway.
  • US 36/US 127 between Hogpath Road and Horatio- Harris Creek Road, Daily lane closures April 30 - August 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.


  • SR 117 between US 127 and SR 116, Daily lane closures April 23 - July 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. 


  • SR 29 between SR 274 and Pleiman Road, Daily lane closures May 18 - June 30 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • SR 66 between SR 47 and Russia Houston Road, Daily lane closures May 18 - June 30 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. 
  • SR 47 between Fifth Avenue and Wilkinson Avenue, Lane closures Jan. 21 - Nov. 27. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times.  


  • I-70 east Ramp to I-675 north, RAMP CLOSURE March 15 - Aug. 15. The official detour is: I-70 east to I-675 south to SR 444 to I-675 north
  • Spangler Road south between Restoration Drive and I-70, Traffic pattern switch March 26 - August 15. Southbound Spangler Road traffic going to I-675 south and I-70 east will be moved to northbound side of I-675. Traffic will then be redirected to the southbound side of I-675 after passing over I-70. 
  • US 42 between Bershet Street and Short Street, ROAD CLOSURE July 9 - 13. The official detour is: SR 72 to I-70 to SR 41.


  • US 36 between Zimmerman Road and Kite Road, BRIDGE CLOSURE June 11 - August 10. The official detour is: SR 235 to SR 29 to SR 560.


  • SR 347 between Rogers Road and C - 154, ROAD CLOSURE June 29 - July 7. The official detour is: SR 347 to US 33 to SR 739 to SR 347.
  • SR 274 between Morris Rose Road and SR 235, Daily lane closures May 1 - June 29 between 7 a.m. 5 p.m. 
  • SR 235 between SR 720 and SR 117, Daily lane closures May 1 - June 29 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • SR 68 between SR 508 and Gunn Town Road, Daily lane closures April 23 - June 29 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. 


  • US 33 between SR 29 and I-75, Daily lane closures March 26 - July 31 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. One lane will remain open in each direction. 

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Warm temps continue; showers expected for some counties

Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 3:51 AM
Updated: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 6:05 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini talks about the chance for storms and a heat wave this week.

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  • Quiet to start week
  • Rounds of showers and storms Tue-Wed
  • Heat index around 100 end of week

>> 5-Day Forecast


TODAY: A quiet morning with some sunshine and a few afternoon clouds. Highs reach in the low 80s, which is near normal. A few passing showers or storms near Butler, Warren, and Clinton counties are expected, but most activity stay south of the Miami Valley completely. 

>> LIVE Doppler 7 HD Interactive Radar

TUESDAY: Sunshine and scattered clouds to start. Highs peak in the mid-80s with a heat index around 90 degrees. Some afternoon showers and storms develop late afternoon and evening. 

WEDNESDAY: Sunshine with warm and muggy temperatures in the mid-80s. Heat index reaches around 90 degrees again. Scattered showers and storms in the afternoon and evening look to bring localized heavy rain and gusty winds. 

>> Heat index importance: What is it? Why does it matter?

THURSDAY: Some sunshine and a few clouds as it begin to heat up with temperatures in the upper 80s. The heat index reaches in the mid-90s as it looks to stay dry for the day.

FRIDAY: A dry end to the week with hot and very humid temperatures. Highs reach in the low 90s with a heat index around 100 degrees. 

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911 caller: ‘He’s losing a lot of blood’ in Trotwood stabbing 

Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 1:50 AM
Updated: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 2:53 AM

Guenther Rd Stabbing

Crews responded to the 1500 block of Guenther Road on a reported stabbing that occurred early Monday morning.

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: One man in jail after domestic violence stabbing 

The incident was dispatched around 1:45 a.m., per initial reports.

In a 6-minute call to dispatchers, the caller stated her mother reportedly stabbed her father and that he was losing a lot of blood.

“I don’t want my dad to die,” said the caller.

The victim was reportedly conscious, breathing, and talking, although the caller told the 911 dispatcher that he was on the floor. 

The stabbing reportedly occurred as a result of a fight between the mother and father. 

It is not clear where the victim was stabbed.

We’re working to learn more details on the victim’s condition. 

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Injuries reported in 2-vehicle crash involving motorcycle in Dayton

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 10:23 AM

Police and medics were on scene of a crash that involved a motorcycle and a black Pontiac Grand Prix in Dayton Sunday morning.

>>Dayton police searching for driver of stolen vehicle involved in serious crash

The accident occurred at South Smithville Road and Oakdale Avenue around 9:55 a.m., according to dispatchers.

We are working to learn more and will update this page as information becomes available. 

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