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Fresh Start: A Halfway House for Men

Fresh Start is a residential halfway house run by Recovery Services of Northwest Ohio, a non-profit (501c3) organization. Fresh Start opened in 1987, serving five residents, and has since grown to a 16 bed capacity. Fresh Start provides long-term alcohol, drug and mental health treatment in a tranquil, rural setting and gives residents a safe place to recover and learn to make lifestyle changes.

The population of Fresh Start is diverse and residents are required to accept responsibility for shared household duties. Fresh Start allows residents to work together toward a common cause – recovery. Upon completion of a stay, individuals are better equipped to live a life free of drugs and alcohol and are on the road to a state of mental well-being. Residents are linked to after-care counseling close to home at the conclusion of a stay at Fresh Start.


Treatment Team

Recovery Services of Northwest Ohio provides professional services by trained, licensed and certified staff. At Fresh Start, adult males are provided with treatment for mental health and/or chemical dependency disorders. Professional help is provided through psychiatric services, medication, case management and alcohol and drug treatment.


Fresh Start clients receive several hours a day of structured treatment, 5 days a week. Treatments include group therapy, individual counseling, lectures, parenting classes, support programs, drug testing and twelve step programming. Clients are encouraged to attend recovery-oriented social activities and to volunteer within the community. Clients receive a complete orientation and assessment upon admission to the program. For more information, call 419-924-2029.

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