Rehabs, Meetings and Substance Abuse Trends in Kettering, Ohio

Kettering is a town of just over 55,000 people in Ohio, just outside of Dayton. It is the largest suburb of Dayton and is located almost wholly within Montgomery County. The city is situated between I-75 and I-675 just to the south of Dayton and with its location directly in between Cincinnati and Dayton, it is a major thoroughfare for drug trafficking activity between the two cities. Along with the rest of Ohio, Kettering has been hit hard by the opioid epidemic in America. While there has been a vibrant grassroots movement to try and reduce the damage that opioids and other drugs have been inflicting on the people of Kettering, more help is needed. The first step toward recovery is often entering detox and then rehab, and finding a Kettering drug and alcohol treatment center can provide the resources and guidance necessary to begin the journey of recovery.

Substance Abuse In Kettering

The substance abuse problem in Kettering is severe, and this problem has been worsening over the last decade or so. The area around Dayton, including Kettering, has seen consistently large amounts of a wide range of drugs over the last few years, particularly cocaine, fentanyl, prescription opioids, marijuana, crystal meth, and gabapentin. Within the last year, there has been a significant increase in marijuana, illicit gabapentin, and fentanyl-positive drug tests from all across Kettering, illustrating the worsening magnitude of the problem.

Drug trafficking and distribution is also a major issue in and around Kettering. Its location by interstates I-75, I-675, and I-70 make it a crossroads and a hotspot for drug distribution in the area. For example, in 2018, police seized almost 10 pounds of fentanyl from a seizure in nearby Dayton. More recently in June of 2021, 8 people were charged with conspiracy to distribute over 400 grams of fentanyl that was tied to Mexican cartel drug trafficking activity. This highlights an increasing trend for drugs from Mexico to disperse throughout the country via distribution centers in the Midwest, including Kettering, Ohio.

Another concerning trend in Kettering is the presence of adulterants of cutting agents in drugs. While fairly inert and relatively safe cutting agents have been used for decades, in recent years drug distributors have begun using potent, dangerous, and highly addictive cutting agents in a variety of different drugs. The most infamous such adulterant is fentanyl, which according to the CDC, is responsible for over 90% of unintentional overdose deaths in Ohio. To illustrate the devastating impact this has within drug use communities in Kettering, heroin, a very powerful opioid in its own right, is only responsible for 6% of unintentional overdose deaths in Ohio. With Dayton and the surrounding areas experiencing the highest drug overdose death rates in Ohio, this is a very serious issue that needs to be addressed.

Finally, while fentanyl originally only saw use as a cutting agent for other opioids, it is more frequently being used to cut other, non-opioid drugs as well. This is extremely dangerous, as its potency can frequently lead to overdoses in opioid-naive users who do not have a tolerance to this type of drug. Some other concerning cutting agents or adulterants that have seen more frequent use in recent years include the heart medication atropine, the de-worming agent levamisole, and the banned analgesic phenacetin used increasingly often to cut cocaine and crack. Heroin has seen some newer cutting agents as well, including benzodiazepines, the circulatory medication papaverine, pentobarbital, the animal sedative xylazine, and of course fentanyl as well as its more potent analog carfentanil. Crystal meth has also seen some novel cutting agents recently, most often Epsom salts, the antihistamine medication diphenhydramine, and the dietary supplement dimethyl sulfone. While these cutting agents used in crystal meth are usually harmless, the adulterants found in cocaine and heroin can significantly increase the risk of overdose deaths and dangerous complications. This has led to increased risks among any and all drug users in Kettering.

Kettering’s Response To Substance Abuse

The drug problems facing the people of Kettering are significant, but there has been a significant increase in recovery organizations at all levels, including government, non-profit, and community groups. There is still a very long way to go before the problems can be sufficiently addressed, but the variety of overdose prevention groups, community treatment centers, and a variety of other types of organizations have made a solid start. 

A small sample of some of these organizations that are working to better the chances of people struggling with drug or alcohol addiction in Kettering include:

  • Montgomery County ADAMHS Board: The Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services Board of Montgomery County acts as a services hub for people looking for help for drug abuse in and around Kettering.
  • Montgomery County Prevention Coalition: A community organization that works to prevent drug abuse and drug overdoses, they have helpful resources to help someone who is struggling with drug abuse.
  • Community Overdose Action Team (COAT): A community overdose prevention organization, they provide information about naloxone and some helpful steps you can take to prevent an overdose death.
  • Samaritan Behavioral Health: 937-224-4646 This healthcare provider has a 24/7 crisis line for mental health or substance abuse emergencies. They also provide emergency services, crisis intervention services, and mobile crisis teams to anyone, regardless of their ability to pay.
  • Friends at the Castle: Located in Centerville, just south of Kettering, The Castle provides a safe space for adults with mental health issues. This is a gathering place to receive basic necessities and a peer-recovery meeting place and is funded in part by Montgomery County.

Drug and Alcohol Detox & Rehab in Kettering

Addiction to drugs and alcohol can be an extremely difficult challenge to overcome, and it is rare that someone can recover without help. The most effective and reliable way to achieve long-term sobriety and recovery is by entering a Kettering drug and alcohol detox center followed by follow-up inpatient treatment. Certain drugs and alcohol can produce uncomfortable or even dangerous side effects if someone suddenly stops using them, so it is sometimes necessary to have medical help. This can not only reduce the risks of dangerous complications, but it can also reduce the discomfort of withdrawal. Once the detox process is complete, someone may safely begin the treatment process at Ohio Addiction Recovery Center’s drug rehab center in Kettering.

Addiction Recovery In Kettering

Recovery is a journey, and while this journey may begin at Ohio Addiction Recovery Center, we do everything we can to prepare and support our clients for life after treatment. In this regard, we encourage and guide our clients into making connections in their local recovery fellowships. There are many such fellowships all over Kettering, and it can be extremely helpful for someone to find a fellowship or a recovery support program that someone can relate to and connect with. Everyone is unique when it comes to their recovery, and finding a group of people that you can relate to can make a huge difference in your chances of achieving long-term recovery.

Some of the local recovery fellowships in and around Kettering include 12-Step groups, non-12-Step groups, and a variety of support programs for the friends and families of people struggling with addictions. Some of the 12-Step groups around Kettering include:

  • Alcoholics Anonymous: The Southside Club in Kettering hosts over 3 dozen AA meetings per week in Kettering.
  • Narcotics Anonymous: The Narcotics Anonymous World Services website lists several dozen NA meetings near Kettering each week.
  • Cocaine Anonymous: The CA Ohio website currently lists 1 CA meeting in Kettering, although there are several more nearby.

Some of the non-12-Step recovery groups can include religiously focused recovery programs, spiritual recovery support groups, or other types of non-12-Step recovery programs. A few of these types of groups around Kettering include:

  • Celebrate Recovery: A Christian-oriented recovery program, there are currently 4 Celebrate Recovery groups meeting within 10 miles of Kettering each week.
  • Recovery Dharma: A Buddhist-inspired recovery program, they currently host 1 in-person meeting in Kettering each week, and there are dozens of virtual meetings every day.
  • SMART Recovery: An acronym for Self-Management And Recovery Training, there is currently 1 in-person SMART Recovery meeting every week near Kettering.

Aside from meetings for people who struggle with addiction themselves, there are also meetings near Kettering for the friends or families of people struggling with drugs or alcohol. Seeing a loved one battle addiction can be a difficult and traumatic experience, and having support, guidance, and people to relate to can be extremely helpful. These groups allow someone to meet others who have likewise watched someone they care about and share their experiences of how they overcame the trauma and stress that this produced. Some of these groups near Kettering include:

  • Al-Anon: The Al-Anon Dayton website provides a list of meetings near Kettering each week. This group is for friends or family of loved ones who struggle with drugs or alcohol.