FAQ Page2020-08-26T21:38:43+00:00



Please read through our FAQ section.  If you don’t see an answer to your question, please contact us

What if I know someone who needs residential treatment?2020-07-06T13:10:16+00:00

The ADAMH Board offers residential treatment via contracts with providers in Franklin County. Individuals must be assessed and determined to meet criteria for this service. For more information, contact the Marion Board office at 740-387-8531.

Mental Health Disorders and Related Topics2020-06-07T00:08:05+00:00

Learn basic information on mental disorders, including treatment options, along with the latest mental health research to provide a better understanding of health and diagnosed disorders.


Drugs of Abuse2020-06-07T00:05:51+00:00

Learn the facts about commonly used drugs. Each drug page includes a brief overview, street and clinical names, the effects of the drug on the brain and body, statistics and trends, and relevant publications and articles written by researchers and scientists.


What is Anger Management2014-04-01T15:44:05+00:00

Anger is a completely normal, usually healthy, human emotion.  But when it gets out of control and turns destructive, it can lead to problems – problems at work, in your personal relationships, and in the overall quality of your life.  Anger is an emotional state that varies in intensity from mild irritation to intense fury and rage.  Like other emotions, it is accompanied by physiological and biological changes; when you get angry, your heart rate and blood pressure go up, as do the levels of your energy hormones, adrenaline, and noradrenaline.  Anger can be caused by both external and internal events.

Expressing Anger

The instinctive, natural way to express anger is to respond aggressively.  Anger is a natural, adaptive response to threats; it inspires powerful, often aggressive, feelings and behaviors, which allow us to fight and to defend ourselves when we are attacked.  A certain amount of anger, therefore, is necessary to our survival.

Anger Management

The goal of anger management is to reduce both your emotional feelings and the physiological arousal that anger causes.  You can’t get rid of, or avoid, the things or the people that enrage you, nor can you change them, but you can learn to control your reactions.  Simple relaxation tools, such as deep breathing and relaxing imagery, can help calm down angry feelings.

Some simple steps you can try:

  • Breathe deeply, from your diaphragm; breathing from your chest won’t relax you.
  • Picture your breath coming up from your “gut”.
  • Slowly repeat a clam word or phrase such as “relax,” “take it easy.” Repeat it to yourself while breathing deeply.
  • Use imagery; visualize a relaxing experience, from either your memory or your imagination.
  • Non-strenuous, slow yoga-like exercises can relax your muscles and make you feel much calmer.

Practice these techniques daily.  Learn to use them automatically when you’re in a tense situation.  Remind yourself that getting angry is not going to fix anything, that it won’t make you feel better (and may actually make you feel worse).

Do You Need Counseling?

If you feel that your anger is really out of control, if it is having an impact on your relationships and on important parts of your life, you might consider counseling to learn how to handle it better.
A psychologist or other licensed mental health professional can work with you in developing a range of techniques for changing your thinking and your behavior.

What is an Abusive Relationship?2014-04-01T15:32:26+00:00

Abusive relationships are characterized by extreme jealousy, emotional withholding, lack of intimacy, raging, sexual coercion, infidelity, verbal abuse, threats, lies, broken promises, physical violence, power plays and control games.

  • Abuse does not have to be physical.
  • Emotional abuse is as damaging as physical abuse, though it is often harder to recognize, and therefore to recover from.
  • Emotional abuse causes long term self-esteem issues and profound emotional repercussions for the partners of abusers.
  • Abuse typically alternates with declarations of love and statements that they will change, providing a “hook” to keep the partner in the relationship.
  • Abusive relationships are progressive – they get worse over time. Emotional and verbal abuse frequently shifts to more overt threats or physical abuse, particularly in times of stress. Abusers re generally very needy and controlling; the abuse escalates when they feel they may lose their partner, or when the relationship ends.
  • A specific relationship is not the source of the abuse – Abusive patterns are part of the emotional make up of both the parties involved.  Without help and outside intervention the abusive patterns will be repeated in all relationships.  The emotional volatility of substance abusers create an abusive relationship climate.
  • Abusers are often survivors of abuse themselves.
  • The abuser acts out of deep seated shame and feelings of inadequacy.  They seek to pull their partner down to make themselves feel better.
  • Abuse is a family dysfunction that repeats through generations. The abused becomes the abuser and so continues the cycle.

You may be in an abusive relationship if he or she:

  • Is jealous or possessive toward you. (Jealousy is the primary symptom of abusive relationships)
  • Tries to control you by being very bossy or demanding.
  • Tries to isolate you by demanding you cut off social contacts and friendships.
  • Is violent and/or loses his or her temper quickly.
  • Pressures you sexually, demands sexual activities you are not comfortable with.
  • Abuses drugs or alcohol.
  • Claims you are responsible for his or her emotional state.
  • Blames you when he or she mistreats you.
  • Has a history of bad relationships.
  • Your family and friends have warned you about the person or told you that they are concerned for your safety or emotional well being.
  • You frequently worry about how he or she will react to things you say or do.
  • Makes “jokes” that shame, humiliate, demean or embarrass you, whether privately or around family and friends.
  • Your partner grew up witnessing an abusive parental relationship, and/or was abused as a child.
  • Your partner “rages” when they feel hurt, shame, fear or loss of control.
  • Both parties in abusive relationships may develop or progress in drug or alcohol dependence in a (dysfunctional) attempt to cope with the pain.
  • You leave and then return to your partner repeatedly, against the advice of your friends, family and loved ones.
  • You have trouble ending the relationship, even though you know inside it’s not the right thing to do.

Does the person you love…

  • constantly keep track of your time?
  • act jealous and possessive?
  • accuse you of being unfaithful or flirting?
  • discourage your relationships with friends and family?
  • prevent or discourage you from working, interacting with friends or attending school?
  • constantly criticize or belittle you?
  • control all finances and force you to account for what you spend? (Reasonable cooperative budgeting excepted.)
  • humiliate you in front of others? (Including “jokes” at your expense.)
  • destroy or take your personal property or sentimental items?
  • have affairs?
  • threaten to hurt you, your children or pets? Threaten to use a weapon?
  • push, hit, slap, punch, kick, or bite you or your children?
  • force you to have sex against your will, or demand sexual acts you are uncomfortable with?

Abuse relationships do not change without sustained therapy specifically targeted toward the abusive relationship patterns.  These relationships cannot be changed from one side, it takes mutual honesty, openness and willingness from both parties to work through these issues.  Group therapy is highly recommended for abusers, as it helps them to break through the denial that is generally a part of the abusive patterns.

If the abuser is unwilling to own their behavior and seek help the prudent course of action is to remove yourself totally from the situation.  This is painful, but is generally safer and ultimately better for both parties than allowing the cycle of abuse to continue.  Be prepared for the abuse to increase after you leave – stepping out of the cycle enrages the abuser, as it shatters their illusion of control. (75% of women killed by their abusive partners are murdered after they leave.) Learn how to protect and care for yourself.  Detachment with love is difficult, but the best solution if your partner is unwilling to work through the issues.

Help is readily available for both parties in abusive relationships.  These relationships cannot be changed from one side.  Remember that by staying you are condoning and enabling the abuse – and helping your partner to stay sick.  If your partner is unwilling to het help the only safe course of action is to totally remove yourself from the situation and seek help on your own.



What is the Recovery to Work Program?2014-03-20T13:55:06+00:00

Recovery to Work is a program in partnership with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities to assist individuals with addiction or serious mental illness find and maintain employment. If you have problems finding and keeping a job because of your addiction or mental illness, contract our Coordinator, Brian Penrod, at 419-617-2456. Call or Text.  He has office hours in both Marion and Crawford Counties.

What if I know someone who needs detox or crisis stabilization?2020-06-27T15:07:22+00:00

The ADAMH Board offers inpatient detoxification (aka Withdrawal Management) and crisis stabilization via contracts with providers in Franklin County. Individuals must be assessed and determined to meet criteria for these services. For more information, contact the Marion Board office at 740-387-8531.

What if I’m not satisfied with my care?2020-06-27T15:09:53+00:00

Although service provideers try to ensure that you are well served, sometimes a family or person in treatment feels their needs and concerns are not being addressed properly.  If this is the case, you are encouraged to discuss this with your treatment provider.  If the problem persists, you may want to consider filing a formal grievance.

Each service provider, as well as Crawford-Marion ADAMH, has a plan for dealing with such complaints.  To begin this process, ask to speak to ADAMH’s Client Rights Officer.  To discuss a situation of concern, obtain a copy of the clients’ rights, or file a grievance, call 740-387-8531.

Which agencies accept my Insurance?2014-03-10T14:04:22+00:00

All of our providers accept Medicaid.  If you have private insurance, you need to contact your insurance company to verify if the agency you want to use, is on their list of providers.

What if I can’t afford to pay for my services?2020-06-27T15:12:40+00:00

Help is provided for people of various income levels on a sliding fee scale.  This means that the amount you pay is based on your income level.  The benefits are provided according to need and the fees are fair and affordable.  Priority is given to those most in need.  You must be a resident of Marion or Crawford County to be eligible for benefits.  Non-residents can receive services in a crisis situation within certain limits.

Where do ADAMH funds come from?2020-06-27T15:06:34+00:00

The ADAMH Board is fortunate that voters have approved a levy in each county to help individuals get help for mental health and recovery care.  State and federal funding comes from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

How Do I Get Help?2020-06-27T15:05:40+00:00

You may contact any of the service providers on this website under the “Paths to Help” section. A professional staff person will ask you about your situation to make sure the services which that provider offers are appropriate for your needs. If they are able to meet your needs, they will schedule an appointment for you. If not, they will direct you to another service provider.

What information will I have to share to get help with services?2020-06-27T15:11:09+00:00

When you arrive at the service provider, you will be asked about your income, family size, whether you have medical insurance or whether you are covered by Medicaid or Medicare.  If the provider is contracted with ADAMH, you will be asked to sign a billing authorization statement.  This form permits the provider to bill ADAMH for public funds to help offset the cost of your treatments.  This information will be entered into the billing system operated by ADAMH.

The service provider will also collect specific personal data.  This will be kept in the computer system in a confidential file labeled with an anonymous number.  Information gathered by the agency will be submitted to ADAMH.  Only the minimum information necessary for billing will be stored.

For More Information

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Our Locations

Marion County
142 South Prospect Street
Marion OH 43302

Phone: 740.387.8531
Fax: 740.382.0455
Email: Email ADAMH 

Crawford County
113 West Rensselaer Street
Bucyrus, Ohio 44820

Phone: 419.562.7288
Fax: 419.562.5260
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