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The Addiction Services Program at Akron Children’s provides evidenced-based treatment services for adolescents with substance use disorders up to age 18. This includes medication-assisted treatment for withdrawal management and ongoing maintenance along with urine drug screening, individual and family counseling, and an Intensive Outpatient treatment program.

We are in a unique position to work with youth of all ages. Our primary care and school health programs provide us with access and opportunities to educate children about the risks associated with substance misuse and substance use disorders. At the same time, we recognize that education of parents to protect children from prescriptions in the home is equally important. As health care providers, we also have the responsibility to have guidelines in place to prevent overprescribing as well as policies to protect and help our own employees.

Akron Children’s also collaborates with the Northeast Ohio community to address overwhelming addiction concerns through education, prevention, screening, care coordination, assessment, treatment, community outreach and referral. Substance use disorder affects people of all different ages from all different backgrounds – from the infant who is born in withdrawal as a result of a mother’s substance use, to the adolescent who experiments with marijuana or alcohol or becomes dependent on prescription pain medicine.


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Addiction Services
Akron Children's Addiction Services Program
Considine Professional Building
215 West Bowery Street
Level 2
Akron, Ohio 44308
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Our Doctors/Providers

Department Heads:
William Goldman
William Goldman, DO

Medical Director, Addiction Services Program


Sarah Elizabeth Friebert, MD

Director, Pediatric Palliative Care; Pediatric Palliative Care Physician; Sarah Elizabeth Friebert, M.D. Leadership Chair in Pediatric Palliative Care

Other Providers:

Talia Brown, MA, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS

Clinical Operations Supervisor, Addiction Services & Outpatient Therapy, Central Region

Maritza Malloy, MA, LPCC

Substance Use and Mental Health Therapist


Gabriela Melchiorre, LPC

Substance Use and Mental Health Therapist


National Institute on Drug Abuse/The Adolescent Brain

Power To The Parent

Summit County Alcohol Drug and Mental Health Board

Relink - Provider Connections

Community Health Center Adolescent Treatment

CommQuest Recovery Counseling

LCADA Wellness and Recovery Way

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