Massillon, Ohio is an Ohio city with a population of just over 30,000, located west of Canton and south of Akron. It’s a relatively small city, but it, like so many other cities and towns across Ohio, has a drug problem.

By the end of 2016, it was widely reported that Ohio leads the nation in overdose deaths related to opioid use. Heroin is one of the key drug problems in the state, but not the only one. One in nine heroin deaths in the U.S. occurred in Ohio in 2016, and one in 14 U.S. deaths related to synthetic opioids happened in the state. In all overdose-related death categories, Ohio surpassed states like California and New York, which have significantly larger populations.

In the spring of 2017, officials in Stark County where Massillon is located reported that cold-storage trailers are now being used as overflow morgues, largely because of the heroin and opioid epidemic gripping the area. 2016 saw a 20 percent increase in the number of bodies coming to the Stark County morgue, and a representative who has been part of the county’s public safety for 40 years says even the drug problem of the 60s and 70s pales in comparison to what’s happening in Massillon and Stark County now.

In 2016, the coroner’s office processed more than 100 drug-related deaths out of a total of 500 in the county. Statewide, the number of opioid-related deaths in Ohio soared from 296 in 2003, to 5,590 in 2015. That was a staggering 775 percent leap.

So what is the solution to the deaths related to heroin, fentanyl and prescription opioids? While policymakers in Stark County and Massillon may not be sure how to curb drug abuse in the area, individuals and their families can take action if addiction impacts them. The following highlights some of the state and local resources available in Massillon, as well as national options for rehab and addiction treatment.

Drug & Alcohol Rehab Centers in Massillon, Ohio

The top choice for someone who’s struggling with addiction in Massillon, whether it’s to opioids like heroin or fentanyl or any other substance, there are many options available.

Rehab choices available to people locally in Massillon, OH, and nationally include:

  • Inpatient treatment: Inpatient, residential drug and alcohol treatment programs tend to be the preferred option for people who are struggling with addiction. Inpatient treatment facilities offer around-the-clock, comprehensive care, and they can deal with medical issues such as withdrawal symptoms that occur during detox, as well as co-occurring mental disorders like depression or anxiety.
  • Outpatient treatment: Another option that may be available to people who want to stay in Massillon is outpatient treatment. Outpatient rehab programs provide therapy and psychological care for individuals who have an addiction, but they don’t necessarily work in treating co-occurring disorders. Also, detox must be dealt with independently for people who are participating in outpatient treatment.
  • Traditional programs: Some options are primarily available to people in Massillon and other cities and towns in Ohio that are based on 12 steps. These traditional programs aren’t necessarily addiction treatment, but instead, serve patients well after they return home from rehab and want to remain on the right path to sobriety and a drug-free lifestyle.
  • Religious rehab programs: While many rehab programs aren’t affiliated with any particular religion, some options are geared toward religious ideologies.

One of the biggest choices people in Massillon face when they’re deciding on the right addiction treatment option is whether they will stay local in Ohio, or they will travel for care. The best solution tends to be traveling for inpatient treatment, at a nationally recognized comprehensive program like what’s offered at The Recovery Village, and then also participating in outpatient or traditional support programs upon returning home to Massillon. This allows someone to get the best level of care in the early days of their treatment and recovery, outside of their typical environment.

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Detox Centers

There are often many complex components that play a role in addiction to drugs and alcohol. Physical dependency is just one of those elements, but it has to be appropriately dealt with for optimal recovery outcomes. When you’re physically dependent on drugs, particularly opioids, you should never try to stop using cold-turkey. The result can be incredibly uncomfortable or in severe cases, deadly. Detoxing from substances, including opioids and other drugs, includes symptoms that aren’t just physical, but also emotional and mental.

The drug detox process refers to a time when people go through a withdrawal process where their bodies eliminate drugs and alcohol from their system. While this is the core of detox, it’s not all there is to the process. It’s ultimately a medical intervention process that helps the drug user move safely through the period of acute withdrawal.

What’s also important to note is that while there may be detox facilities available in Massillon, this should be seen as a means to an end, with that end being recovery. Detox itself is not the overall objective but is rather the start of a process of recovery. That process is why it’s valuable to choose a drug addiction treatment center that includes both a medically-supervised detox and then an in-depth treatment and therapy process.

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AA Meetings

Many people in Massillon, Ohio who are struggling with addiction may find the best choice for them to receive comprehensive treatment is by traveling to a national facility where they can go through acute withdrawal and then continue to intensive therapy, including treatment for co-occurring mental disorders. That helps people not just to address their addiction itself, but also possible issues that might have led to that dependency.

If a person travels for rehab, they often find themselves wondering what happens after they return home from addiction treatment. One option available to recovering addicts in Massillon is to participate in a support program like Alcoholics Anonymous or AA. There are some main advantages to AA including the fact that it’s usually convenient since so many meetings are held at public locations throughout the country, as well as the fact that it’s a good way for people to remain accountable in their sobriety. AA is also a good source of social support, which is a fundamental component of staying substance-free.

Meetings near Massillon, OH

Massillon Community Hospital
875 8th St.
Massillon, OH 44646

Rivertree Christian Church
1600 Main Avenue West
Massillon, OH 44647

Faith Community Fellowship
1303 9th St.
Massillon, OH 44647

NA Meetings

Another local resource for people struggling with substance abuse or who want to keep up with their sobriety following rehab is Narcotics Anonymous. NA is a meeting group for recovering addicts, and the purpose of coming together is to share stories, experiences and hope regarding addiction. Members of this group also provide one another with social support. Meetings are held at a variety of public buildings throughout Massillon and nearby towns, and they use a range of formats which can include anything from Speaker to Participation and Topic Discussion.

Most meetings last anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes, and new members are usually welcomed warmly when they attend their first meeting. Sharing is voluntary, and there isn’t conversation or dialogue that happens when someone is sharing. Instead, it’s about speaking on your own experiences.

There are no fees to attend NA, although contributions can be made in the form of donations.

Meetings near Massillon, OH

Epworth United Methodist Church
3061 Lincoln Way
Massillon, OH 44647

Forty Corners Church of God
3474 Beaumont Ave.
Massillon, OH 44647

St. Jacob Lutheran Church
8697 Mudbrook St.
Massillon, OH 44647

SMART Recovery Meetings

Many inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment and rehab facilities will introduce a modified version of 12-step programs, so people who have completed rehab may feel more comfortable with a program like AA or NA, but it’s important to understand this isn’t the only option. SMART Recovery is an alternative to 12-step programs that is becoming increasingly popular.

Some of the differences between SMART Recovery and 12-step programs include the focus of the SMART Recovery program on scientific research. SMART also tends to be more analytical and evidence-based, and concepts are fueled by ideas of self-empowerment, rather than following the traditional idea of being powerless over your addiction.

The closest SMART Recovery meetings to Massillon, OH are in Akron, OH and there are also meetings in Highland Hills and Austintown, Ohio.

Meetings near Massillon, OH

Lockwood United Methodist Church
3680 Manchester Rd.
Akron, OH 44319

Jefferson Park Office Plaza, Middle Building
3618 West Market St.
Akron, OH 44333

Highland Springs
4199 Mill Pond Dr.
Highland Hills, OH 44122

Nar-Anon Meetings

Many times the people who are researching substance abuse and recovery resources in Massillon, Ohio aren’t themselves addicted to drugs or alcohol, but instead, have a loved one who is. Addiction is a far-reaching situation that impacts not just the person who is using, but the people around them. There are resources in Massillon not just for addicts, but for their families and loved ones.

One of the most popular options is called Nar-Anon. Nar-Anon is a network of family support group meetings for people with loved ones who are addicted to drugs or alcohol. These meetings can help individuals who have spent a lot of their time and energy dedicated to worrying about their loved one’s addiction or trying to help them, and they may, as a result, have a hard time focusing on their own life. Nar-Anon is a spiritual program that is based on 12 steps, guided by concepts of relying on a power that’s greater than yourself.

Meetings near Massillon, OH

Manchester United Methodist Church
5625 Manchester Rd.
Akron, OH 44319

First Church of God
1953 Akron Rd.
Wooster, OH 44691

First United Methodist Church
201 West High Ave,
New Philadelphia, OH 44663

For a full list of meetings available, along with accompanying NA meetings and times, visit the Nar-Anon website.

Addiction Resources in Nearby Cities

If you live in Massillon, OH and you’re searching for substance abuse and recovery resources, it can be challenging to know where to turn. The above guide details some of the options available right in Massillon, OH, such as AA and NA meetings, as well as nearby resources such as SMART Recovery. National recovery centers such as The Recovery Village are also available to Massillon residents, and often private insurance will cover some or all of the costs. If you can’t find the substance abuse and recovery resources you need in Massillon, nearby cities and towns may offer additional options. Some of the cities and towns close to Massillon, Ohio include:

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