Newark, Ohio is a small city in the county seat of Licking County. Located just about 30 miles east of Columbus, Newark is the 20th largest city in Ohio. Like so many other cities, towns and counties across Ohio, Licking has been battling a difficult situation: a drug epidemic. While the number of drug overdose deaths in Newark are somewhat lower than other counties in the state, they’re still on the rise.

For example, 25 people in Licking County died from unintentional drug overdoses in 2015, which is a 47 percent increase from the 17 drug overdose deaths that occurred here in 2014. The number of drug overdoses in Licking County involving heroin rose, but the vast majority of those deaths were the result of a combination of heroin and at least one other substance according to the County Coroner’s Office.

According to reports, the ages of people who died from overdoses in Newark and all of Licking County ranged from 29 to 67, and they were the result of drugs including fentanyl, methamphetamine, oxycodone, alcohol and tramadol. Without the reversal drug naloxone, the number of overdose deaths would have likely been quite a bit higher in 2015 and 2016, with the Newark Division of Fire reporting the use of 120 doses of the drug in 2015.

While Newark and Licking County are similar to the rest of Ohio in terms of the heroin problem, there is also a struggle with methamphetamine. Meth was a contributor in 20 percent of the 2015 overdose deaths in the county. There were also seizures totaling more than 4,500 grams of meth that year, and the arrests in the county for meth were twice the arrests for prescription drugs.

It’s also worth noting that prescription drugs were contributors in more than half the Licking County overdose deaths reported in 2015, and two of those deaths were the result of overdoses associated with chronic health conditions. If you live in Newark or Licking County, Ohio, you’re likely impacted by drug abuse in some way, whether directly or indirectly. Below are some of the substance use and recovery resources in Newark, OH, as well as options that may be available statewide or nationally.

Drug & Alcohol Rehab Centers in Newark, Ohio

This guide will explore the many resources available to people in Newark, Ohio battling an addiction to drugs or alcohol, including opioids or methamphetamine. It will also look at some of the national resources that might be options, such as traveling out of state for residential rehab, and follow-up supportive resources that are available to people when they complete a rehab program.

Locally, there is one primary rehab facility in Newark, OH called Shepherd Hill. This establishment first opened in 1985, and it offers varying levels of care intensity and services for chemical dependency. The staff of Shepherd Hill is made up of full-time professional addiction counselors, spiritual counselors, and medical staff.

Shepherd Hill can be a good option for someone who wants to stay local in Newark, but it’s important to realize there are potential downsides to staying in your hometown for addiction treatment. The first is the issue of privacy. If you want the utmost in confidentiality during your addiction treatment, you might think about exploring your options to travel out of town or out of state. Another benefit of leaving Newark for addiction treatment is it allows you to exit the situation where you were abusing drugs. It allows people to regain a fresh perspective and put the entirety of their focus on their recovery while they’re away. Once they return, they’re better equipped to deal with triggers or situations that had previously led them to abuse drugs.

There is also the Licking County Alcoholism Prevention Program, which is an outpatient services option. Outpatient care can provide some supportive services for people who are struggling with addiction, but it’s not necessarily recommended as a complete treatment option for individuals who are working toward recovery. Outpatient addiction treatment is like attending therapy or counseling, but it doesn’t offer some of the more complex components of a residential program, such as a combination of group and individualized therapy, and the diagnosis and treatment of co-occurring mental disorders.

If you’re interested in a nationally recognized, residential rehab option, contact The Recovery Village Columbus. Or any one of this network of other addiction treatment centers around the country. The Recovery Village specializes in a range of substance use issues, as well as the co-occurring mental disorders and medically-supervised detox.

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Detox Centers

The primary detox center located in Newark and Licking County, OH is Shepherd Hill, but again, traveling for detox has many benefits similar to traveling for treatment. You may be wondering whether or not you need detox, or if it would be possible to quit using drugs or alcohol cold turkey. The short answer is no, in almost all cases, stopping drugs, particularly methamphetamine or opioids, should not be done without medical supervision.

A medically managed detoxification process is recommended. A team of experienced medical professionals can work to manage any addiction withdrawal symptoms that occur. Medications may be given to alleviate such symptoms, making the entire experience safer but also more comfortable. There are specific types of medications that are used for withdrawal depending on the drugs used, and the length of time they were abused. For example, with opioid withdrawal, methadone or buprenorphine may be administered.

While detox is a necessary first step of recovery, it’s not the only thing that needs to happen to treat addiction. Instead, it should be the initial part of a process that addresses the person in a holistic way for optimal outcomes. Addiction experts almost always agree detox should take place in specialized facilities, where not only medical treatment and support are available, but also support regarding the emotional and psychological side effects that can occur during this time.

Recovery Meetings Near You

AA Meetings

12-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous were created to help people deal with dependency problems. The 12-step program of AA is a concept meant to guide an individual through recovery from alcohol dependence. Some of the steps of AA include admitting you’re powerless over alcohol, the belief that a higher power can restore sanity and making amends to the people harmed by your alcoholism. AA meetings aren’t necessarily adequate on their own to treat an addiction to alcohol, particularly for long-term or very severe addictions. But, where they are valuable to people in Newark, OH, is as a follow-up to comprehensive addiction treatment at a rehab center.

After someone completes inpatient or outpatient rehab, they can find local AA meetings in Newark or nearby and use them as a way to build that sense of social support they had while in treatment. This helps tremendously to prevent relapse. AA meetings are also important because they create a sense of accountability among recovering alcoholics. They’re typically convenient, and meetings are easy to find as well. There’s a lot of accessibility to AA meetings in Newark, OH, statewide in Ohio and throughout the world. The schedules of these meetings also tend to be really accommodating.

People in Newark and Licking County can search the Central Ohio Group Fellowship to find options that will work with their schedule. Some of the local meetings include:

Meetings near Newark, OH

Brookside Group
St. Peter’s Church
6899 Smoky Row Rd.
Columbus, OH 43235

Tradition III Group
1621 W. Fifth
Granville, OH 43023

St. Paul’s Parish House
101 E High St.
Mt. Vernon, OH 43050

NA Meetings

When you attend rehab, whether it’s inpatient, residential treatment out of state or outpatient treatment that you attend locally in Newark, it can feel like a rewarding experience. You have the full support of other users, as well as a staff of professionals. You never lack for that sense of social support that’s so essential to recovery. The question then becomes, “what happens when you finish rehab?” What about when you return to your everyday life? How do you deal with the fact that you may no longer be able to associate with the same people if you hope to remain sober?

For a lot of people, the answer lies in joining an addiction recovery support group. In addition to AA, another option available to people in Newark, OH is Narcotics Anonymous or NA. Some of the benefits of a 12-step program like NA include accessibility, as well as the ability to develop relationships with other people who attend meetings and a connection with a sponsor. When you experience addiction cravings, you can contact your support system and in particular your mentor to help you through it. It’s also beneficial for users to be part of a community of people who have shared struggles similar to their own.

There are many NA meetings in Newark, OH. Some of the locations for NA meetings in the area include:

Meetings near Newark, OH

Warehouse Recovery Center
211 Montgomery Avenue
Suite B
Newark, OH 43055

Faith United Methodist Church
261 E Main St.
Newark, OH 43055

Club Serenity
42 Market St.
Newark, OH 43055

SMART Recovery Meetings

A lot of people who are leaving rehab or addiction treatment, and are searching for a support group that can help them maintain their recovery, aren’t aware there are alternatives to a 12-step program. One of the most popular alternative-addiction groups is called SMART Recovery. Guided by science, research and critical analysis, SMART Recovery isn’t spiritual or religious in its approach.

This 4-point, self-managed program includes not just support and the ability to be around peers who share your struggle with addiction, but it’s also a training program to help people deal with their destructive habits and behaviors. SMART Recovery is often recommended for those disinterested in 12-step programs, or for individuals who have tried 12-step programs and felt they didn’t work for them. The goal of SMART Recovery is to teach people to change their self-destructive habits with positivity in their thinking, behaviors and emotions.

The closest SMART Recovery meetings for people in Newark, OH are in Lancaster, Whitehall and Columbus, OH:

Meetings near Newark, OH

Calvary Lutheran Church
508 North Broad Street
Lancaster, OH 43130

Chalmers P. Wylie VA
420 North James Road
Columbus, OH 43219

CompDrug, Inc.
547 East 11th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43211

Nar-Anon Meetings

As was mentioned at the start of this guide to substance abuse and recovery resources in Newark, OH, it’s not just users who are often searching for help. It’s also their families and loved ones who are impacted.

Nar-Anon is a 12-step family support group for loved ones of people who are either currently in the midst of addiction, are attending rehab or addiction treatment or are in recovery. The benefits of attending Nar-Anon include the ability to share your story with others and to gain hope, strength and inspiration from their stories, while also finding ways to cope with the impact addiction has on your life.

Meetings near Newark, OH

Shepherd Hill
200 Messimer Dr.
Newark, OH 43055

Addiction Resources in Nearby Cities

Many of the substance use disorder and recovery resources highlighted above are available in Newark, OH, but some are also located in cities near Newark, as well as nationally. Many times people in Newark may be required to travel to cities and towns nearby for various addiction treatment resources. Some of the primary cities and towns located near Newark, OH include:

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