Ohio is a state in America’s heartland, but it holds a surprising and dark secret. The Buckeye State leads the country in recorded deaths from drugs, including opioids like heroin and synthetic opiates. The state of Ohio accounted for one in nine of all heroin deaths that happened in the U.S. in 2014, and one in 14 deaths from synthetic opioids. The statistics, which were compiled by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, put Ohio ahead of California and New York regarding opioid overdose deaths, even though both states have much higher populations.

Overdose death rates in the state soared to more than 3,000 in 2016, and that number is will likely go higher by the end of 2017. The primary drugs resulting in deaths and abuse in Ohio are not only heroin but other forms of opioids such as prescription painkillers and highly potent drugs like fentanyl.

In Middletown, OH, there is no immunity from the drug epidemic facing the rest of the state. The city of Middletown spent more than $1.5 million in 2015 trying to fight the heroin problem in the city, and Fire and EMS spent $175,000 including the doses of Narcan used to counteract the effects of overdoses. According to public officials in Middletown, 80 percent of calls are related to heroin or theft, and most organizations and leaders are unsure of what they can do.

What about individuals and their families in Middletown who are searching for substance abuse and recovery resources? The following features an overview of some of the options they may have available in Middletown, surrounding Ohio towns and cities, and at the national level.

Drug & Alcohol Rehab Centers in Middletown, Ohio

While there isn’t necessarily a cure for addiction to drugs or alcohol, there are treatment options that can help someone with recovery so they can lead a substance-free lifestyle. First and foremost it’s important to realize that there isn’t one set option in terms of addiction treatment or therapy that’s going to work for everyone. It’s a highly individualized experience, and one program might work well for one person and not as well for another.

There are some primary options people in Middletown, Ohio have available to them if they have a problem with opioids or other substances. The first and often most effective option is an inpatient, residential treatment program. There are a few reasons for this. The first is that people often travel outside of their local communities to facilities like The Recovery Village. This allows them to step outside of their environment of drug abuse and put their focus entirely on recovery.

An inpatient residential facility also includes detox programs and resources to address co-occurring mental disorders. It’s difficult for a person to recover from addiction without proper treatment for underlying mental disorders that might occur along with their addiction. There are a couple of alcohol and drug addiction treatment centers in or near Middletown, although they might not offer the comprehensive services of a national facility.

Another option for people in Middletown is outpatient treatment, which can often be received at a local mental health clinic, although acute detox treatment won’t be part of the program. Inpatient residential rehab should always be considered if at all possible, and outpatient rehab can be utilized after an inpatient stay. Addiction is a multi-layered, complex disease and it requires care and treatment that addresses that complexity in a comprehensive way.

While inpatient and outpatient are two of the broad categories of rehab that can be available to people in Middletown, OH, there are further subcategories as well. For example, some addiction treatment centers might focus on holistic care, while others may be driven by a particular religion or denomination.

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Detox Centers

A detox center isn’t a treatment in and of itself for addiction to opioids or other substances. Instead, attending a detox center should be the first step of a complete recovery program. There are tens of thousands of specialized drug addiction treatment centers in the U.S.; it’s important to understand what you need and what you’re looking for to make a decision.

During drug detox, your body clears substances, and as a result of your physical dependency on the drugs or alcohol, you may experience symptoms. With heroin and prescription painkillers, the symptoms are often flu-like and can last anywhere from 24-48 hours, or possibly longer. With benzodiazepines, the symptoms can be very severe and include seizures as well as mental disorders like anxiety. These symptoms can last for weeks or even months. Seizures and tremors are also possible with alcohol, and symptoms of withdrawal from alcohol can last several days up to several weeks.

Regardless, it’s important to choose an addiction treatment facility that also has a medical detox center. There are a few options for standalone detox facilities in or near Middletown, OH, but it’s better to attend detox as part of treatment so you can receive the necessary physical care, but also mental and emotional care during this time.

Recovery Meetings Near You

AA Meetings

Detox and rehab are just one part of dealing with an addiction. Nearly all addiction specialists recommend that people attend detox and then subsequent rehab when they have an addiction, but what happens next? If you traveled to somewhere like The Recovery Village for treatment, what happens once you return home to Middletown? The answer for everyone may be different, but one good option can be attending Alcoholics Anonymous or another support program.

AA is one of the most convenient and accessible ways to provide yourself with a strong support system following addiction treatment. That support is critical for long-term success and maintaining a substance-free life. Even if someone hasn’t attended rehab and is still using drugs or alcohol they can attend an AA meeting.

AA is a traditional 12-step recovery program, and some of these concepts may be modified and introduced into a rehab program. A 12-step program is based on a concept of a higher power, and the steps are the recovery process. If you’ve already completed rehab or addiction treatment that includes medication therapy if necessary, paired with group and individualized counseling and co-occurring diagnosis, attending AA can be a good way to keep up your recovery and stay healthy even when facing the temptation to relapse.

District #11 of the Alcoholics Southwest Ohio General Service Area 56 organizes meetings and can be contacted at (513) 423-0102. There are daily meetings held in several public venues throughout Middletown and the surrounding areas.

Meetings near Middletown, OH

Traditions Clubhouse
1307 Woodlawn Ave.
Middletown, OH 45044

Central Club
200 Curtis St.
Middletown, OH 45044

First Baptist Church
4500 Riverview Ave.
Middletown, OH 45042

NA Meetings

Another substance abuse and recovery resource in Middletown, OH is Narcotics Anonymous or NA. NA is a lot like AA in that it’s based on a higher power and a 12-step recovery program. There are some common reasons a lot of people struggle to remain sober even after completing addiction treatment, whether it’s inpatient or outpatient. Some of these reasons include the fact that they don’t give up their friends or connections to their addiction world, they experience stress or challenges, or they struggle with lacking a social support network.

Programs like NA can be useful in all of these situations, which is why it can be important to find a Middletown-area NA meeting, whether you’re in recovery and returning from rehab or trying to stop using drugs. There is an organization called the NA of Hamilton and Middletown, Ohio that schedules local meetings, which are held at locations like Resurrection Lutheran Church, New Life Mission, Covenant Community Church and Traditions Clubhouse.

Meetings near Middletown, OH

Resurrection Lutheran Church
1270 N. Broadway St.
Lebanon, OH 45036

Covenant Community Church
2860 Mack Rd.
Fairfield, OH 45014

Traditions Club House
1307 Woodlawn Ave.
Middletown, OH 45044

SMART Recovery Meetings

SMART Recovery is an alternative to 12-step programs like AA and NA, and it’s growing in popularity. If you decide to attend a local SMART Recovery meeting, you’ll find that you’re given tools and support to help you beat your addictions, whether they’re to drugs, alcohol or both.

Some of the elements of the SMART Recovery 4-point program include:

Building and maintaining motivation: This aspect of the program helps participants look at why they want to quit using drugs or alcohol and create personal goals based on these reasons.

Dealing with urges and cravings: SMART features tools members can use to deal with urges they feel to use drugs or alcohol again.

Managing thoughts, feelings and behavior: SMART is a very self-empowered program, and there is work done on learning problem-solving strategies to manage obstacles that may rise.

Living a balanced life: SMART provides members and participants with skills that can help them balance their goals for their lives and remedy imbalances that occurred because of drug or alcohol abuse.

The closest SMART Recovery meeting to Middletown, OH is held in Mason, OH. There is also a meeting in West Chester, and dozens of others in nearby cities and towns.

Meetings near Middletown, OH

HOPE Center North
4483 US-42
Mason, OH 45040

Beckett Springs Hospital
8614 Shepherd Farm Dr.
Beckett Ridge, OH 45069

Lindner Center of Hope
4075 Western Row Rd.
Mason, OH 45040

Nar-Anon Meetings

If you don’t suffer from a problem with drugs or alcohol, but you have a loved one who does, you have probably struggled as well. Nar-Anon family groups can help people who have been impacted by drug or alcohol addiction from their loved ones and have often felt a sense of desperation as a result.

Family Groups offer many of the same benefits as AA or NA for the addict, including a strong support system that can create hope and help members develop relationships. The Nar-Anon family program isn’t religious but is spiritual, and it includes 12 steps that participants work through. Family members are encouraged to be open-minded when participating in Nar-Anon and attend as many meetings as possible.

The nearest Nar-Anon meeting for people in Middletown is held at the MidPointe Library Middletown and is currently one weekday evening a week.

Meetings near Middletown, OH

MidPointe Library Middletown
125 S. Broad St.
Middletown, OH 45044

Trinity Episcopal Church
115 N. 6th St.
Hamilton, OH 45011

Lakeview United Church of Christ
8639 Columbia Rd.
Maineville, OH 45039

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 Middletown, OH and you’re struggling with an addiction problem, or someone you love is, there are local resources in the area that can help. Some of these include outpatient and behavioral health care services, support programs such as NA or SMART Recovery, and doctors who can work to provide medication designed to improve the chances of recovery from addiction. There are also towns and cities near Middletown where people might be able to go for more addiction treatment and substance abuse resources. Cities and towns located near Middletown, OH include:

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