Springfield is a medium-sized city of just under 60,000 people located in southwestern Ohio. It is the seat of Clark County and is fairly close to both Dayton and Columbus. While being a fairly small city, its location along I-70, and its proximity to larger cities on either side, there is still a significant drug problem in Springfield today. The high demand for drugs in the area has led to a variety of illicit drug activities in and around Springfield, including drug trafficking and forging opioid painkiller prescriptions through a variety of different methods. While the drug problem in Springfield is significant if someone is hoping to begin the journey of recovery, entering a Springfield drug and alcohol rehab center is often the best choice for achieving long-term sobriety.
Substance Abuse In Springfield
The Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring Network publishes regular reports on the state of drug activity around Ohio, and according to their June 2020 report, the situation in Springfield is worsening. Most drugs have remained at consistently high levels in and around Springfield, although certain drugs have seen dramatic increases in availability. Cocaine and prescription opioids, in particular, have been surging into the area. Prescription opioids have been a major problem in the area for many years. For example, in 2016, a woman was arrested for illegally obtaining a doctor’s DEA number and writing and filling hundreds of prescriptions for opioid painkillers, selling them across Springfield. While these two drugs have historically been an issue around Springfield, throughout 2020 the presence of these drugs around the city has only increased further.
Another serious threat in Springfield is the presence of heroin, which is dangerous enough on its own. More concerning is the increasing presence of fentanyl and carfentanil found in heroin that has been seized in and around Springfield. Heroin overdoses were an issue before fentanyl found use as a cutting agent, but overdose deaths have become an absolute epidemic since fentanyl has been introduced into heroin. Carfentanil, in particular, is extremely dangerous, as it can be roughly 10,000 times more potent than morphine. A few micrograms of carfentanil can be fatal in humans, making overdose deaths due to carfentanil extremely common and dangerous. Fentanyl and its analogs have also been increasingly found as a cutting agent in non-opioid drugs such as cocaine, crack, and counterfeit benzodiazepines. This is especially concerning, as someone who is opioid-naive (no opioid tolerance) has a much higher chance of overdosing than someone who has an opioid tolerance.
Aside from fentanyl, there have been other, more unusual compounds found in drugs that are apparently being used as cutting agents. In cocaine seized around Springfield, the most concerning compounds being used in this regard include atropine, levamisole, and phenacetin. Atropine is used as a heart medication and as an antidote for certain types of poisoning, while levamisole is a deworming medication that can cause serious kidney damage in humans. Phenacetin is a painkiller that has been banned in the US and Canada since the 1970s due to its known carcinogenic properties. Among heroin seized around Springfield, some different, although equally concerning compounds have been used as cutting agents. Just a few of the more dangerous ones, excluding fentanyl and its analogs, include benzodiazepines, barbiturates, and xylazine. Benzodiazepines and barbiturates are powerful depressant drugs in their own right, and mixing them with heroin or any other depressant can greatly increase the risk of overdose. Xylazine is a veterinary sedative and tranquilizer that can cause muscle relaxation and alter heart function. It is not approved for human use, and the exact risks are currently unclear.
Springfield’s Response To Substance Abuse
While the drug problem in Springfield is certainly severe, the community has been rallying to try and address the problems and reduce the number of overdose deaths and help people find treatment. Some of these initiatives include government organizations as well as community groups, charities, religious groups, and non-profit organizations. The efforts include overdose awareness and prevention along with increased visibility for addiction treatment services in the community.
Just a few of these helpful organizations include:
- Mental Health Recovery Board of Clark, Greene, and Madison Counties: A government-funded community service, this site provides information about mental health and addiction recovery services in and around Springfield.
- Mental Health Services for Clark & Madison Counties: This community service organization provides substance abuse and mental health treatment services to children, teens, and adults in Clark and Madison counties.
- Clark County Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Support Coalition: A community-led coalition that works to increase awareness and provide help to those struggling with addiction, their website lists several helpful resources for overdose prevention and treatment providers.
- McKinley Hall: A non-profit treatment center in Springfield, their website also provides a variety of helpful resources.
- United Way of Clark, Champaign, and Madison Counties: A non-profit community service organization, their website lists a wide array of community services including mental health addiction, and crisis intervention services around Springfield.
Drug and Alcohol Detox & Rehab In Springfield
While the situation in Springfield has been deteriorating over the last few years, there is still hope and help available. There are many different treatment centers available to provide support and guidance toward recovery. Depending on the specific drug or alcohol someone has been using, entering a Springfield drug and alcohol detox center may be necessary before treatment can properly begin. Certain drugs, including alcohol and benzodiazepines, can produce dangerous or even fatal complications if someone does not have medical care while undergoing withdrawal. Also, while it is extremely rare, there have even been documented cases of death due to complications arising from opioid withdrawal. Entering an alcohol and drug detox center near Springfield can reduce the risk of dangerous complications while also making the experience less uncomfortable. Once the detox process is complete, treatment can safely begin.
Addiction Recovery In Springfield
While going through the treatment program at Ohio Addiction Recovery Center, we encourage our clients to begin building relationships in the wider recovery community. Having people to relate to and make connections with can greatly improve someone’s chances of achieving long-term recovery.
There are many different recovery fellowships in and around Springfield, so no matter what someone’s beliefs or opinions may be, there is a recovery fellowship that may be able to help them. Some recovery fellowships are drug-specific while others take a religious or spiritual approach. There is no single road to recovery, so finding a group of like-minded people who are also working toward a sober life can be encouraging and empowering.
Some of the 12-Step based recovery fellowships that currently hold meetings in Springfield include:
- Alcoholics Anonymous: The website of the Dayton Region of Alcoholics Anonymous currently lists dozens of AA meetings near Springfield each week.
- Narcotics Anonymous: The Narcotics Anonymous World Services website currently lists dozens of NA meetings near Springfield each week.
- Heroin Anonymous: While there are currently no HA meetings listed within Springfield, there are many meetings not too far from the city.
- Cocaine Anonymous: There is currently only 1 CA meeting in Springfield itself, although there are many more meetings nearby each week.
- Crystal Meth Anonymous: The Crystal Meth Anonymous World Service site currently lists 3 CMA meetings near Springfield each week.
The recovery fellowships mentioned above are all based on the 12-Step program of recovery. While this type of recovery program works for some people, there are other options available. Some of these are religious or spiritually inclined programs, while others are based on self-management. A few of these non-12-Step recovery fellowships around Springfield include:
- Celebrate Recovery: A Christian-focused recovery program, there are currently 2 Celebrate Recovery groups meeting in Springfield each week, with many more in nearby Dayton.
- Recovery Dharma: A Buddhist-inspired recovery program, there is 1 in-person meeting near Springfield in the Dayton suburb of Kettering, although there are many virtual meetings held each day.
- SMART Recovery: An acronym for Self-Management And Recovery Training, this recovery fellowship currently has no meetings within Springfield itself, although nearby Dayton and Columbus have several meetings each per week.
In addition to recovery and support programs for people who struggle with drug or alcohol addiction themselves, there are also multiple groups for the friends and family of people who may struggle with addiction. Watching a loved one battle drug and alcohol use can be an extremely difficult and even traumatic experience. Having support and guidance from people who have been through similar experiences can make all the difference in the world. Some support groups in Springfield for the friends or families of people struggling with addiction include:
- Al-Anon: A support group for the friends or families of people who have issues with alcohol, The Miami Valley Al-Anon Information Service website provides a directory of Al-Anon meetings all across the Miami Valley Region. They currently list 6 Al-Anon meetings per week in Springfield.
- Nar-Anon: A support group for the friends and family of people who struggle with drugs, the Nar-Anon Family Groups website currently lists 9 Nar-Anon meetings per week near Springfield.