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Community Events

Sunrise Treatment Center is active in our community in the treatment of opiate addiction, but we also support other community activities related to addiction. These include educational programs and community outreach programs as well as many more. Please check back to keep up with what is happening in your area. If you do participate in any of the events, please stop by to say hello.


September 27, 2018    Best of the West

Dr Cleveland and Sonya


Sunrise Treatment Center was a sponsor for the 2018 Best of the West held at Nathanael Greene Lodge. Numerous local business were present and offering their fares to be voted on as the “best of the west”. We had a number of people stop by to get information about the facility and our treatment of opiate addiction.

It continues to surprise us that in spite of the opioid crisis taking the front line in the news, so many people in our community do not know about the treatment facilities available.


June 14, 2018             Let’s Talk Cincinnati – A  Townhall on the Addiction Crisis

Sunrise Treatment Center was represented at the Townhall on Addiction by Sonya, an addiction clinical supervisor, and Dr Craig Cleveland, Medical Director. The panel who spoke included Ms. Candy Finnigan of the A&E series Intervention, as well as our local treatment advocate, Chief Tom Synan. The townhall was informative, but what was very apparent was the unexpected opinions espoused by Ms. Finnigan and Dr James Flowers, CEO of Driftwood Recovery. They were very adamant that the only way to recovery is through abstinence, denouncing Suboxone and other medications. This mirrors the platform of AA.

Chief Synan was very clear, and we fully support this belief, that all methods available to help prevent a death must be used in the fight against opiate addiction and overdose. Just as in all areas of medicine, there does not exist a “one treatment fits all”!  Studies done support that the use of medication assisted treatment (MAT) along with counseling and family/social support, result in the best outcomes. At Sunrise, we believe in the use of MAT and offer several treatment options. But, in spite of the use of medicines, the one-on-one counseling and group counseling really helps the patient with behavior modification and avoiding triggers.

The essential lifesaving use of Narcan was discussed, and Chief Synan briefly spoke of a family who was addicted. His article, published several years ago, was one I referenced countless times over my years of addiction treatment.

For more information on the event click here: Let’s Talk


June 5, 2018                 Hamilton County Public Health Needle Exchange

We are happy to let you know about the Hamilton County needle exchange project is adding a new location. The new location will be at 2420 Harrison Ave. in Westwood, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning June 13. This is in addition to the other locations, though there will be a small change in times to accommodate the new spot. Click here to see the current schedule, which will be updated with the changes when available.


May 30, 2018                ASAP Norwood

ASAP Norwood held a community forum to help develop an understanding of the community’s perception of medication assisted treatment (MAT) in the treatment of opioid use disorder. The program was help at the Vineyard Central Church at 1759 Mills Ave in Norwood. There was an informal dinner then 2 hours of discussion about MAT. There will be a follow up meeting on June 13, same place and time. Please check out their Facebook page.

Lauren Bartoszek (ASAP), Db Robinson (Norwood schools), Jeff Stec (ASAP) and Dr Craig Cleveland

March 19, 2018            Tobacco Prevention at Addyston

Sunrise Treatment Center was supporting the students at Taylor High School and the Hamilton County Public Health as they developed a program for youth to help deter the use of all tobacco products (see article below). Along with the Taylor senior student at her presentation to the Addyston Council, was Dominique Walker (Hamilton County Public Health), and Christi Valentini-Lackner (PreventionFIRST!). A surprise for those attending was the passing of an ordinance prohibiting smoking on Addyston village property. A big applause for Taylor students!

Dominique Walker (Hamilton County Public Health) and the sign they provide for public spaces

Addyston Council

Dominique Walker (Hamilton County Public Health), Christi Valentini-Lackner (PreventionFIRST!), and representing Sunrise was Laura Hutzel (Marketing) and Dr Cleveland (Medical Director)



March 15, 2018            Needle Exchange Program

The needle exchange program is part of the Harm Reduction program with Hamilton County Public Health. The program has a number of functions including:

  • Education about prevention of overdose, communicable diseases, and injection safety.
  • Testing for hepatitis, HIV, and other sexually transmitted diseases. Offer hepatitis vaccination
  • Referral to treatment programs as well as medical and mental health services.
  • Safe disposal of syringes and needles.
  • Access to Narcan to help treat overdoses.
  • Distribution of specific personal care items.

According to the CDC, individuals who participate in Harm Reduction programs, are 5 times more likely to seek treatment.

Click here to see the times and places for the needle exchange.

For more information on the needle exchange program:

Dr Cleveland with the Needle Exchange staff

Offered box lunches to people who exchanged injection equipment





March 14, 2018    Tobacco Prevention

Students from Taylor High School have been developing a tobacco prevention program to use at school, and to present to surrounding communities, specifically Forest Park and Three Rivers,  to help lessen tobacco exposure to children. They have put together short videos as well as having a presence on social media, all in an effort to reduce smoking and tobacco use in children.

A grant from the Ohio Department of Health received by Hamilton County Public Health is directed to help student do presentations in the priority communities. Student presentations have been made to North Bend, last night to the Cleves Council, and on March 19 to the Addyston Council. The efforts are to help communities adopt policies limiting smoking or tobacco use in public areas, as well as making stores sensitive to tobacco marketing in areas that are seen by children.

Sunrise Treatment Center is proud to lend support to Dominique Walker, Hamilton County Public Health Educator, and the Taylor High School students, in their effort to reduce tobacco use.

Dominique Walker (Hamilton County Public Health),      Dr Craig Cleveland (Sunrise Treatment Center), and Christi Valentini-Lackner (PreventionFIRST!)

Presentation at the Cleves Council


February 13, 2018                Your Voice Ohio

Dr Cleveland, Medical Director (right) with members of Beckett Springs and Lumiere

Sunrise Treatment Center participated in the Your Voice Ohio forum located at the Madisonville Recreation Center.  This event gathered the community to help find solutions to the Opioid Epidemic.


November 18, 2017               Hamilton County Heroin Coalition

HCHC Community Event Flyer

The Hamilton County Heroin Coalition provides Countywide and regional leadership and solutions to address the heroin and opiate epidemic both immediately and in the long-term. We are committed to assisting our residents and neighbors with the emergency support that they need, as well as working to prevent the spread of drug use in our youth before it begins.


November 17, 2017                 Children of Addicted Parents

Changing the Future for Children of Addicted Parents

Save the Date! Changing the Future for Children of Addicted Parents, Friday, November 17, 2017, Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 8 am – 4 pm, Register online. New in 2017! Breakout sessions that are more discipline specific. Featured Speakers: Jonathan Davis, MD, Chief, Division of Newborn Medicine Neonatologist Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine, Dan Nelson, MD Medical Director Child Psychiatry Unit Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Professor, US Department of Pediatrics, Colleen Kraft, MD Medical Director, Health Network Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics President-elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Friday, November 17, 2017, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Northern Kentucky Convention Center 1 W Rivercenter Blvd. Covington, KY 41011.