Youngstown, OH, a city in Mahoning County certainly isn’t immune to the drug epidemic sweeping the state. Over the past couple of years, Ohio has made national and even international headlines because of increases in drug use.

The state, including Youngstown, is dealing with a drug epidemic with spikes in unintentional drug overdose deaths. In 2015, there was a record number of people in Ohio that died from overdoses, and that number has risen every year since 2009. Since 2010, almost 13,000 Ohio residents have died from drug overdoses deemed unintentional.

The drugs that disproportionately impact cities and towns in Ohio like Youngstown are primarily heroin, as well as fentanyl. Fentanyl is a very powerful, synthetically made narcotic that’s often combined with heroin. Ohio has been one of the first states in the country to see such a tremendous rise in fentanyl-related activity, which is largely responsible for the deaths. Aside from fentanyl, heroin accounted for more than 1,400 of the unintentional overdose deaths in the state in 2015.

Several years ago, the Youngstown Police Chief spoke to reporters, saying the rise in opioid abuse and dependence is likely based on the prescribing of opiate-based painkillers to patients who then become addicted.

It’s easy to read the statistics and see the trends affecting Youngstown and other places in Ohio and feel somewhat hopeless. There are substance abuse and recovery resources available locally, as well as options that are accessible to Youngstown residents around the country. The following list highlights some of the recovery resources available if you’re a Youngstown resident struggling with addiction.

Drug & Alcohol Rehab Centers in Youngstown, Ohio

If you’re suffering from an addiction, whether it’s to opioids or other substances, your best option is rehab. But within the broad category of rehab treatment, there are different options.

First, you might consider local facilities, of which three are located in or near Youngstown. Local facilities may offer inpatient or outpatient options. For people with severe opioid addictions or co-occurring mental disorders, inpatient care is usually advisable because it’s holistic and immersive. It also often includes medically supervised detox. However, there is also the consideration of privacy. If you attend rehab in your hometown of Youngstown, whether it’s inpatient or outpatient, it’s likely that other people are going to find out. Many people conclude that distracts them from their recovery, and they don’t feel as comfortable with the process.

Also, while some Youngstown rehab centers might have great employees, the available treatment tools and resources might not be on par with a large, nationally renown facility such as The Recovery Village. Here, patients not only have access to comprehensive treatment plans that move from detox to inpatient, residential therapy through outpatient and aftercare, but they also are working in a one-on-one way with some of the nation’s foremost specialists in addiction. It’s that access to world-class results paired with the anonymity that leads many people to leave Youngstown and even Ohio when they’re ready to seek treatment for their drug addiction.

You may be wondering how you can manage to keep your job or stay in school if you travel for inpatient or even outpatient rehab. What people should understand is that addiction is a disease, and leaving work or school to seek treatment is the same as requesting a medical leave. You don’t necessarily have to let your school or work know where you’re going, and any accredited, licensed rehab facility is going to protect your identity.

If you complete your program successfully and you return to life sober, you’re likely to demonstrate a much higher level of performance than you did while you were still using drugs or alcohol.

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Detox Centers

If you live in Youngstown and you’re wondering what the first step to a drug or alcohol-free life is, it’s making the decision to detox from substances. Unfortunately, detoxing is often a tough, uncomfortable experience, but it’s one that’s necessary. One of the biggest reasons a lot of people fail in their quest to stop using drugs or alcohol, particularly opioids, is the fact that they attempt to manage their detox on their own, at home.

Detox is a dangerous situation, and it can lead to death if not properly managed. When someone takes steps to enter a carefully supervised medical detox, it’s going to increase their chances of successfully recovering from their addiction, and help them be more comfortable throughout the process.

The concept of detox is one that again points to the advantages of visiting a full-scale, intensive national rehab center. Detox is an included part of the program, and this is where critical assessments begin that allow the medical and psychological professionals at the facility to start looking at any possible co-occurring mental disorders and creating tailored treatment plans based specifically on your needs.

Recovery Meetings Near You

AA Meetings

Your options for rehab and detox do include some smaller facilities in Youngstown, but for most people who want to up their chances of success, they travel out-of-state. This also allows them to remove themselves from the people and situations they associate with their drug or alcohol abuse. That begs the question of how you maintain your drug or substance-free lifestyle once you return to Youngstown, however.

That’s where Alcoholics Anonymous or other fellowship organizations like it can be valuable to people, following rehab. Alcoholics Anonymous, or AA, is an international organization where people who are addicted to alcohol come together at regular meetings to share and build relationships with people. This is one of the best ways to maintain your sobriety, even when you’re facing everyday life that can be filled with stressors not present in rehab.

There are hundreds of AA meetings available across Ohio, and groups like these are one of the best substance abuse and recovery resources for people in Youngstown. Group meetings are held every day of the week at different public locations. Most licensed and accredited rehab and drug treatment facilities, whether it be inpatient or outpatient treatment, do offer an introduction to the 12 steps that make up the AA program, so it’s a familiar option for many people once they return to Youngstown, OH.

Meetings near Youngstown, OH

1323 Club
1323 South Ave
Youngstown, OH 44502

Christ United Presbyterian Church
1933 Canfield Rd
Youngstown, OH 44511

Fellowship Hall
2555 Rush Boulevard
Youngstown, OH 44507

NA Meetings

Self-help groups like AA as well as Narcotics Anonymous (NA), have been in use for decades as a way for people dealing with an addiction to alcohol or drugs to find support and encouragement. While a group like NA might not be enough to help you working through the initial stages of your treatment and recovery, it can be an excellent way to keep up your motivation, find like-minded people who share sobriety with you, and to keep building on concepts you learn in rehab. NA meetings are also excellent if you’re sober, but you’re facing obstacles or the urge to relapse. Once you leave the safe, supportive environment of rehab, NA can give you some of the benefits that helped you while you were there.

Like AA, NA is based on 12 steps or guiding principles, and you choose a sponsor when you’re part of an NA group. You can go online to look for specific meetings held in the area daily. The Buckeye Region of Narcotics Anonymous serves Mahoning County including Youngstown, and meetings are divided into subgroups based on region. For residents of Youngstown, OH, they would look at the schedule covering the Northeast Ohio Area of NA, abbreviated as NEOASCNA.

Meetings near Youngstown, OH

Write to Recover
1184 North Meridian Rd.
Youngstown, OH 44509

Tuesday Night Surrender
2555 Rush Boulevard
Youngstown, OH 44507

It Works How & Why
517 South Belle Vista Avenue
Youngstown, OH 44509

SMART Recovery Meetings

Youngstown AA and NA meetings are often the most commonly thought of self-guided programs for people who want to get or remain sober or drug-free, but they aren’t the only available options. Another option growing in popularity around the country is called SMART Recovery.

AA and NA are based on a concept of a higher power, while SMART Recovery is based on science and clinical research. Some people prefer the framework and structure of SMART Recovery and find that it’s more beneficial for them. SMART Recovery meetings often include analytical exercises and dialogue between attendees, and it can be useful for people who want more solid reasoning and evidence-based theories in their quest to maintain sobriety.

Meetings near Youngstown, OH

1051 North Canfield Niles Road
Youngstown, OH 44515

Howland Glen Elementary Building
8000 Bridle Lane Northeast
Warren, OH 44484

Lockwood United Methodist Church
3680 Manchester Road
Akron, OH 44319

Nar-Anon Meetings

Support group meetings aren’t just valuable and productive for the people who have the addiction. They’re useful for their families and loved one as well. If you’re in Youngstown, OH and your loved one has an addiction, is currently in detox or rehab, or is out of rehab and working on remaining drug or alcohol-free, you might want to attend Nar-Anon.

These family meetings provide a sense of support, and an environment of compassion, acceptance, and understanding. Like AA and NA, Nar-Anon is based on 12 principles. It can be a helpful resource for families impacted by substance abuse because it not only helps them regain control over their life and their emotions, but it can also help them gain more understanding. Family members and loved ones who attend Nar-Anon might be better equipped to rebuild thriving relationships after their loved one’s complete rehab as well.

Nar-Anon emphasizes spirituality, and while it’s based on AA’s 12 steps and traditions, it’s not associated with the AA organization. Some of the closest Nar-Anon meetings for people in Youngstown are located in Austintown, OH, which is nearby.

Meetings near Youngstown, OH

Never Alone
Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic
5211 Mahoning Avenue
Austintown, Ohio 44515

Just For Today
Howland Community Church
198 Niles Cortland Rd. SE
Warren, Ohio 44484

Sunday Serenity
Sahara Club
2345 Youngstown Rd.
SE Warren, OH 44484

Addiction Resources in Nearby Cities

When you’re searching for addiction resources, it can be hard to know where to turn and what type of program or solution is right for you. Some of the options above are available in Youngstown, while others might be available nationally. There are also cities and towns nearby where further options are available, both to people suffering from addiction as well as their families.

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