Euclid Ohio Substance Abuse Trends and Statistics
Euclid, OH is part of Cuyahoga County and is an inner-ring suburb of Cleveland. Just under 50,000 people call Euclid home and they live in 22,685 households. Out of these households, 27.8% had children under the age of 18 living there, approximately 29% of households were married couples living together, 21% had a female householder with no husband present and 4.5% had a male householder with no wife present. These young families who make up the majority of the demographic in this Cleveland suburb are among the most impacted by the ongoing opioid epidemic occurring in Ohio and the rest of the United States.
A recent spike in fatal drug overdoses has happened throughout Cuyahoga County over the past 6 years. Euclid has seen a dramatic increase in the use of heroin and fentanyl, especially among people under the age of 35. Some experts in Ohio believed that the total number of lives lost in 2018, could be as high as the record-setting total of 2017.
The worst loss of life happened over a five-day period from August 2 to August 6, 2017. During this short time frame, seventeen people died of drug overdoses. Fentanyl was a factor in at least 14 of that period’s 16 drug overdose deaths. The uptick has been at the same pace as the record of 727 fatal overdoses in 2017 in Cuyahoga County.
How is Ohio Fighting the Opioid Epidemic?
Fortunately, 2018 was not another record-breaking year for overdose deaths in this small Ohio town. According to the Medical Examiner’s Office of the county, after two straight years of growth, the number of people who died from drug overdoses fell 23% in 2018. At the end of this long and heartbreaking tunnel, Euclid is finally seeing some light for the first time in years. In 2018, drug overdoses in Cuyahoga County resulted in 560 deaths. While this is still extremely high, that’s the lowest number in the past three years, but the county is still averaging 11 overdose deaths a week.
While the problem is slowly getting better, in and around Euclid, OH, there is still a tragic loss of life happening. What is strange is that there is no indication that the rate of substance abuse in the area is declining. Over one hundred people have already lost their lives due to an overdose within the first two months of 2019. Ohio is battling opioids and is giving the fight everything they can, but this isn’t just a battle it is an absolute war. There have been many signs of progress in the race to save lives in our state— from federal dollar inflows to state and local treatment programs to serious efforts to incorporate evidence-based substance use treatment into Euclid and state Medicaid rehabilitation programs.
Why is Treatment so Important?
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), only one in ten people with a substance use disorder receive treatment. Getting clean without the help of a rehab in Euclid is no easy task. Even fewer people receive medication-assisted therapy/treatment, which has become one of the most effective ways of treating people with substance abuse problems. Reducing the number of people who relapse has been shown and proven to help lower the amount of fatal overdoses.
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) works by combining counseling and behavioral therapy support with adequate FDA-approved medicine administration to help patients cope with withdrawal and cravings symptoms. In 2018, the US Senate passed a set of laws to address a national opioid abuse epidemic that has become Ohio’s leading cause deaths. Among other things, it would allow substance abuse and drug treatment grants, promote the development of non-addictive painkillers and prevent synthetic opioids, like fentanyl, from being mailed into the United States. Both U.S. senators in Ohio supported the bill.
Euclid, OH has made it easier to obtain the life-saving drug, naloxone. This drug, commonly called Narcan, is able to reverse the effects of an overdose of opioids. If one uses opiates that are very strong or if they take too much, they can overdose. Their breathing will slow down to the point in which it stops. Typically, Narcan is given through the nasal passage and in 2-5 minutes can completely reverse an overdose. It is not addictive, and if taken by someone who is not overdosing, it is harmless. All emergency responders in Euclid, OH now carry this life-saving drug.
Euclid Rehabs and Treatment Centers in Your Area
When someone struggling with substance abuse sees a problem and decides to do something about it, they will seek help from a Euclid detox center. Detoxes are designed to help those struggling with drugs/alcohol to overcome physical withdrawals. Some drugs have minimal physical withdrawals, while other substances can be fatal if the detox is not done properly.
Cocaine, marijuana, and methamphetamines are mentally addictive, but usually, do not include physical pain of withdrawal. Opiates like heroin, Percocet, and morphine are both physically and mentally extremely addictive. Opiate withdrawals are exciting to experience, but they rarely lead to death. When someone uses alcohol or benzodiazepines in excess they can easily become hooked. If they are not properly detoxed, they are at risk of having a seizure which can lead to brain failure, heart failure, and death.
Detox and Inpatient Rehab Euclid
Regardless of which substance one struggles with, if they enter and complete a detox in Euclid, OH, they will have a better chance to overcome withdrawals and start a new life. Detoxes help those struggling to overcome withdrawals with minimal physical pain. They will be under the supervision of a 24/7 medical staff who will help them through this challenging time. Once detox has been completed, one will have to choose how to continue on the road to recovery.
Just detoxing is often not enough to keep most people away from relapsing on their substance of choice. Once one completes a detox in Ohio, all people should enter a treatment center. Detoxes rarely give clients the tools needed to help them avoid a relapse, let alone how to handle cravings or work on any underlying issues. These things are commonly done while in a rehab center in Ohio.
It is imperative to learn how to cope with cravings to achieve long-term recovery. Without proper tools on how to handle a craving, one can relapse and quickly return to the same spot they were before they detoxed. Usually, those who enter a rehab program will spend around 30 days in the facility. During their stay, they will be assigned a therapist who will help them work through their substance abuse problems and any underlying issues. Dual diagnosis programs in Cleveland address substances as well as mental health issues.
Dual Diagnosis Centers and Extended Care
Is it very common for recovering addicts/alcoholics to suffer from depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. The clinical and medical staff employed by the rehab can help them with these issues and can even prescribe medicines if necessary. After completing an inpatient rehabilitation program, an IOP (intensive outpatient center), is a great way to continue working on these problems. There is no instant fix for substance abuse, it takes work, motivation, and devotion to get and stay away from drugs/alcohol. These groups meet a couple of times a week for a few hours each day. These IOP programs help people stay on the right track and allow them to continue working on whatever issues they may have.
Some IOPs offer individual therapy sessions with alternatives such as art, music, and equine therapy. Most insurance companies are happy to help pay for IOP, inpatient treatment, and detoxes in Ohio. If you want help finding a detox, IOP, or treatment program, please feel free to contact us at any time. If you can’t enter our rehabilitation center, we’ll help you find one that fits your particular needs. Calls to our office are completely confidential and free of charge.
Meetings and Sober Support in Euclid
For those who have struggled with substance abuse, it is important to have a strong sober support group. Having friends and family members around that want to help them stay away from substances is extremely helpful. A great way to meet others who have been there and lived to tell their story is to attend meetings. Going to these groups is a good way to meet other people in recovery and partake in sober activities.
Alcoholics Anonymous, commonly known as AA, is among the country’s most popular, well-known, and oldest meeting groups. AA has been around for more than 80 years and was founded in Akron, OH. Not much has changed as far as this group’s message and teachings go. Ever since the first meeting was ever held it has been about helping others who struggle with substance abuse issues. Alcoholics Anonymous has spawned multiple other support groups and for nearly every type of substance abuse and underlying issue out there. There are groups that can match anybody’s struggles; from Narcotics Anonymous to Codependents Anonymous.
Euclid AA Meeting finder: https://www.aacle.org/find-a-meeting/
Alcoholics Anonymous Alternatives
If AA and other anonymous groups aren’t for you or your loved one, don’t worry there are many other options for sober support groups in Euclid, OH. Celebrate Recovery, SMART Recovery, and Refuge Recovery are some of the most popular options. Celebrate Recovery is a 12-step Christ-centered recovery program for anyone who struggles with any kind of hurt, pain or addiction. It is a safe place to find community and freedom from issues ranging from drug abuse and alcoholism to depression and anxiety. Euclid, OH, doesn’t currently have any Celebrate Recovery meetings, but Cleveland does.
Refuge Recovery is a non-profit organization based on the principles and practices of Buddhism. Their objective is to provide a solid basis for the addiction recovery process. Wisdom and compassion make it possible for those who struggle with any form of addiction to become more conscious of their mental processes while developing a deep understanding of the suffering created by addiction and compassion for their own pain. There are currently no meetings in Euclid for Refuge Recovery, but there are meetings online that can be accessed from anyone, anywhere in the world.
SMART Recovery is an acronym for self-management and recovery training and an approach to addiction and alcoholism based on science. There are currently no SMART Recovery meetings within 25 miles of Euclid, but one is about one and a half-hour drive in Mansfield. They have a huge online community if you can’t attend a meeting in person and are proud to host meetings with a wide variety of people around the world.
Refuge Recovery Meetings: https://refugerecovery.org/meetings?tsml-day=any&tsml-region=ohio
Celebrate Recovery Meetings: https://locator.crgroups.info/
SMART Recovery Meetings: https://www.smartrecoverytest.org/local/meetings/
All of these groups have a book that outlines their programs and how one can work that program to better their lives and stay away from drugs and alcohol.