In Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, substance abuse, particularly with opioids, has become so problematic the city has created a drug task force. In March 2017, friends and family of a 17-year-old Woodridge High School student who died of a drug overdose in 2016 came together to form a group called Rachel’s Angels as well.

The aim of the group is to help teens understand how important it is to stay away from drugs and alcohol, and the situation highlights the fact that drugs in Cuyahoga Falls and surrounding Summit County impact people from all ages and backgrounds.

In the summer of 2016, there was a period in July where 80 percent of all the year’s drug overdoses to that point had occurred in the previous three weeks, and in a 20-day period at the same time, there were 236 overdoses in Summit County. At that time, Donna Skoda who served as the Summit County Health Commissioner told the public these deaths were part of an epidemic impacting all classes, races, and social groups. She said, “it doesn’t matter who you are.”

During the first six months of 2016 in Summit County, which include Cuyahoga Falls, there were 742 overdoses. In 2015 there were 131 overdose deaths for the entire year, but by July 20, 2016, there were already 145. In the first two months of 2017, emergency rooms serving the needs of people in Summit County had already treated 347 drug overdoses. There are nearly seven drug overdoses seen per day on average in the area, with males making up 62 percent of overdoses at the start of 2017, and females, 38 percent. As with most other cities and counties in Ohio, the key drugs responsible for these overdoses and deaths are opioids, including heroin and fentanyl.

While the statistics can be overwhelming and incredibly troubling, some resources are located in and around Cuyahoga Falls, as well as nationally that are available to local residents who are battling an addiction problem, whether it’s drugs or alcohol.

Drug & Alcohol Rehab Centers in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

Drugs or alcohol addiction can lead to feelings of hopelessness not only for the person who is misusing substances, but for their family and loved ones. The Summit County Opiate Task Force outlines some of the recovery resources people in Cuyahoga Falls, and the surrounding areas might have available to them.

One such option is Recovery Housing, which is a transitional living environment for individuals who want to learn how to live and work independently during the initial stages of their recovery. In these situations, if someone is staying in Recovery Housing that’s local, they can work or attend school as normal, while also receiving treatment and recovery services.

Another option for people in Cuyahoga Falls, OH is what the Task Force calls Recovery Coaching. This can be face-to-face or telephone service that takes into account a person’s stage of recovery, and they are also guided through the creation of a recovery plan for them. While Recovery Coaching can be a valuable addiction resource for people in Cuyahoga Falls, it’s often best used after someone attends addiction treatment, such as inpatient rehab.

Recovery coaches or Certified Peer Supporters in Cuyahoga Falls can work with people in recovery to create a healthy, satisfying lifestyle. They are found in addiction treatment agencies, both public and private, recovery support organizations, and as part of drug court programs in Summit County.

Another local resource for people in Cuyahoga Falls and Summit County is called Rock & Recovery. This is an online and radio program that includes a combination of inspiring stories, professional healthcare providers, music and more. It’s not associated with any denomination.

Regarding inpatient, residential care, however, the options are relatively limited in Cuyahoga Falls. Some of the nearest residential, inpatient treatment facilities are in Akron, OH, and there are only two that are classified by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration as being residential.

There are quite a few more outpatient rehabilitation and behavioral health treatment centers in and around Cuyahoga Falls, but for a lot of people with addictions, particularly to opioids, it’s best to complete a full residential inpatient program before moving to outpatient addiction treatment.

A national rehab center can offer people from Cuyahoga Falls the opportunity to leave their environment of drug abuse, create a fresh start, and receive access to some of the world’s best professionals and resources in the field of addiction treatment and recovery.  The Recovery Village is an excellent national center that can help people from Cuyahoga Falls overcome their substance abuse and create a successful recovery.

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Detox Centers

SAMHSA names one detox center in Cuyahoga Falls, and two nearby in Akron, however, these detox facilities aren’t necessarily affiliated with an in-depth treatment program. During detox, professional, medical supervision is essential for people in Cuyahoga Falls, particularly if they have an opioid addiction. Detox, especially from opioids, can lead to severe side effects that can be deadly if not properly managed.

A medically-supervised detox ensures that people addicted to substances receive the care and the medications they need during detox, to make them more comfortable and improve their chances for success.

While someone can attend a detox center in Cuyahoga Falls, OH or nearby Akron, it can be advantageous to explore comprehensive rehab centers that include medically-supervised detox as part of their overall program. When a person attends a detox center that’s part of a residential treatment center, they get personalized, around-the-clock care even before they begin their actual recovery treatment plan. The Recovery Village Columbus is one of the nation’s foremost addiction treatment centers that also offers detox programs for optimal outcomes.

When someone from Cuyahoga Falls is choosing a detox center, they should consider the types of measures that will be taken to ensure they have a safe, private experience that’s as comfortable as possible. A professional detox facility should pair psycho-therapeutic approaches with pharmacological treatments to minimize symptoms.

Recovery Meetings Near You

AA Meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous has become a well-known resource for people who are working to overcome a chemical addiction or dependency. One of the many benefits of participating in an AA program is the fact that they are held in so many locations throughout Summit County and the U.S. There are meetings every day of the week and at different times of the day so that people can find options that work for their schedule.

The concept behind AA and other meetings like it are to provide opportunities for men and women struggling with dependency or addiction to come together and share their experiences, as a way of providing hope and support for one another.

Many rehab programs will begin the recovery process for people with 12-step programs similar to AA, and much of the therapy, particularly group therapy, is guided by similar principles and concepts. That makes the transition from rehab to AA one that’s natural and seamless for a lot of people, and it allows them to continue focusing on their recovery even after leaving a treatment facility or intensive program.

There are quite a few AA meetings held in and around Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio currently. Some of these local Cuyahoga Falls meetings include:

Meetings near Cuyahoga Falls, OH

  • Sunday Serenity Discussion
    Paradise Club
    1710 Front St.
    Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221
  • Falls Discussion
    Immaculate Heart of Mary Church
    1945 Portage Tr.
    Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223
  • Cuyahoga Falls
    Pilgrim United Church of Christ
    130 Broad Blvd.
    Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221
NA Meetings

During an NA meeting in Cuyahoga Falls, people will become part of a group that meets regularly with the goal of helping themselves and each other stay drug-free. The Twelve Steps are the basis of an NA meeting, and the majority of these meetings revolve around sharing their stories of recovery with one another. Following rehab, it’s recommended that people attend 90 meetings in 90 days, or one meeting every day. This allows people to strengthen what they learned during rehab treatment, and to get to know the meeting and other people who attend in a more in-depth way.

At NA there is no focus on the amount or types of drugs used, and it’s also important for people to realize NA isn’t a place where lessons are taught. That’s why NA is most valuable for people who have already completed rehab or addiction treatment and simply want to have accountability through the meetings.

There are several NA meetings held in and around Cuyahoga Falls including at locations like Saint John’s Episcopal Church, and Saint Thomas Hospital in Akron.

Meetings near Cuyahoga Falls, OH

  • Saint John’s Episcopal Church
    2220 2nd St.
    Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221
  • Holy Family Church
    3179 Kent Rd.
    Stow, OH 44224
  • Saint Thomas Hospital
    444 North Main St.
    Akron, OH 44310
SMART Recovery Meetings
  • SMART Recovery has become an increasingly popular option for people who want to maintain their recovery from substance abuse or dependency. For many decades the twelve step concept of programs like AA and NA have been the primary option for people in recovery. Now, there are alternative programs that don’t follow twelve steps and also don’t have the spiritual component of more traditional addiction recovery programs.

    SMART Recovery is one of the top non-step recovery support groups in the world, and there are an estimated 700 meetings held internationally. It also continues to grow in popularity for people who are searching for alternatives to AA or NA. 12-step programs tend to focus on the powerlessness of addicts and their lack of control over their addiction, while SMART Recovery centers on ideas of internal self-control as the guiding way to avoid relapsing.

    The closest SMART Recovery meetings for people in Cuyahoga Falls, OH are held in Akron, of which there are a couple of options. There are also SMART Recovery meetings in Highland Hills, Ohio.

    Meetings near Cuyahoga Falls, OH

    • Jefferson Park Office Plaza, Middle Bld.
      3618 West Market St.
      Akron OH, 44333
    • Lockwood United Methodist Church
      3680 Manchester Rd.
      Akron OH, 44319
    • Highland Springs
      4199 Mill Pond Dr.
      Highland Hills OH, 44122
Nar-Anon Meetings

If you have a loved one who’s addicted to drugs or alcohol, which is common for people in Cuyahoga Falls because of the overall prevalence of drug use in the area, your life is likely impacted just as significantly as the addict. There are options to seek local help coping with the effects of drugs on your life, and one such program is Nar-Anon. Like AA and NA, Nar-Anon follows a twelve-step framework.

These meetings are held daily and weekly in a variety of locations, making them convenient for people in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

During nearby Nar-Anon meetings, participants are there for anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes, and a leader and some other participants often read Nar-Anon approved literature. People introduce themselves, the Twelve Steps are read, and a general topic is decided upon, after which members share their experiences, with a focus on strength and hope.

Meetings near Cuyahoga Falls, OH

  • Tuesday Night Serenity
    85 Heritage Dr.
    Tallmadge, OH 44278
  • 4 Us 2
    5625 Manchester Rd.
    Akron, OH 44319
  • Naranon Tuesday Night
    3289 Laurel Rd.
    Brunswick, OH 44212

Addiction Resources in Nearby Cities

The above addiction resources highlight some options available locally to people in Cuyahoga Falls, as well as national options, such as comprehensive rehab facilities like The Recovery Village. In addition to options such as AA and NA meetings located in Cuyahoga Falls, some residents of the area might opt to travel to nearby cities and towns which have further addiction and substance abuse recovery options. Some of the cities and towns near Cuyahoga Falls include:

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