Emergency Choice Food Pantry

The Lutheran Social Services of Northwestern Ohio (LSSNWO) operates an Emergency Choice Food Pantry to help the families of the area in times of need. For more information call Joyce Willier at 419-243-9178. Read More

Behavioral Health/Counseling

Behavioral Health Mental Health Counseling Services are available at the LSSNWO regional offices as well as numerous counseling sites throughout northwestern Ohio. Our licensed and experienced therapists can provide individual and group psychotherapy for: Read More

Hope for Families Affected by Domestic Violence

A bruised reed he will not break, a flickering candle he will not quench… -Isaiah 42:3 Why would anyone turn violent against people they love? Violence is frightening, and it hurts. When violence comes to a home, it is called “Domestic Violence.” Read More

Recovery from Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Break the chains of oppression and the yoke of injustice, and let the oppressed go free… -Isaiah 58:6 Addiction Counseling At LSSNWO, people have found hope – that they can emerge from the chaos of addictive lifestyles and build a life free of destructive behaviors. This is not easy. It requires change. Read More

Military Service Persons

Lutheran Social Services provides effective, high-quality family, individual and group therapies focused on the unique issues experienced by Military Service Members, Veterans, and their loved ones. Counseling services are provided by professionally trained and state licensed staff. Read More

Hope

Judy needed professional, compassionate treatment for an addiction to opiate medication. She had suffered a lower back injury in 1998 while working as a nurse’s aid. The doctor prescribed the opiate medication oxycontin to help her cope with unrelenting pain. 

Over the years her tolerance to the pain medication grew as she went from taking 3 - 30 mg pills per day to 10 pills per day. She had to buy extra pills from her friends and family. She had reached a point of desperation and visited the emergency room because the pain had reached a breakthrough point and failed to provide the relief she needed. 

The ER doctor at the Hospital explained to her that she was in withdrawal related to addiction to her pain medication.  The time had arrived to address not only the pain medication but also some other behavior health issues that involved long term prescription of Xanax, which she had been provided by her doctor for anxiety. 

Judy found help and her hope for a better life restored as she began therapy at Lutheran Social Services Medication Assisted Drug Treatment program. She received professional, compassionate counseling and Suboxone treatment allowing her to experience a stable and secure recovery.  

One of the barriers for Judy as it is with many who suffer from an addiction to pain medication is the cost of treatment.  The option of a sliding scale for payment made it possible for her to begin the road to recovery and a whole new life.

 

Lutheran Social Services of Northwestern Ohio

Lutheran Social Services of Northwestern Ohio (LSSNWO) is a Christian agency founded in 1911 by the Fremont Conference of the American Lutheran Church. LSSNWO is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and recognized by the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS). More than 200 Lutheran congregations in Northwestern Ohio are corporate members of LSSNWO. Lutheran Social Services also is a member of one of the nation’s largest service organization – Lutheran Services of America.