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Substance Abuse Stats in Columbus, OH

Drug abuse in Columbus is a bigger deal than you think! 

The city has made great strides against the opioid epidemic recently. In fact, opioids are no longer the top abused drug in Columbus! 

Alcohol and cannabis both make up more drug admissions than heroin or fentanyl. 

Other top abused drugs in Columbus include: 

  • Heroin
  • Fentanyl
  • Prescription opioids
  • Crack cocaine 

Poverty and substance abuse go hand-in-hand in Columbus. In fact, 25% of people entering treatment earn less than $12,000 yearly. 

Choosing Between an Outpatient and Inpatient Rehab

Inpatient and outpatient rehab are both great for their own uses. For instance:

  • Inpatient rehab is the best choice if you can commit a long time period to recovery. The live-in format means you get the best care possible. Being removed from temptations can help, too. 
  • Outpatient rehab is a good choice for some clients who can’t commit to inpatient. If you’re worried that going to rehab will cause problems with your job or responsibilities, then outpatient can be a good middle ground. 

How Long Can Treatment at a Rehab Last?

It’s normal for treatment at rehab to last a few months. In fact, 90 days is the shortest period that you should commit to rehab. 

Going to rehab for less than 3 months can increase your risk of relapse. If you’re getting treatment for opioid addiction, then 12 months is the recommended minimum. 

Addiction is a chronic disease that requires long-term treatment. Cutting rehab short puts you at risk, so it’s best to stick with it to the end.

What to Expect at Rehab

What happens at rehab is different from case to case. You may get to try:

  • Activity-based therapy: Art, dance, and other cathartic activities provide an emotional outlet.
  • Group therapy: Sharing your experiences in a safe setting can be hugely beneficial. 
  • Talk therapy: Different types of talk therapy help you learn your triggers so you can avoid cravings. 

It’s not an option for everyone, but medication-assisted treatment is available for some clients. This treatment can be used to treat opioid or alcohol abuse disorders.

When Would You Need to Go to Detox?

You should consider going to detox if you’re addicted to any drug. In fact, your care team will require that you go to detox before rehab in that case. 

That’s because rehab isn’t set up to handle detox. During detox, you can experience intense physical and emotional symptoms. Going through detox in the wrong setting increases your risk of relapse. 

Your care team will tell you if you need to go to detox. It’s very important to attend detox as recommended.

How Long is Detox?

The length of detox depends on: 

  • The drug you’re stopping
  • Other drugs that you take, including prescriptions
  • Your health history
  • Your metabolism and lifestyle

As you can see, that’s a lot of factors affecting how long it takes to detox! Most of these factors can’t be controlled. 

However, your care team is very good at estimating how long detox takes for each case. It’s common for detox to last anywhere from 3 to 21 days, depending on the drug and other factors. 


  1. Gifford, S. (2018, October 8). Differences between inpatient and outpatient treatment programs
  2. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (n.d.). How long does drug addiction treatment usually last?
  3. Olejownik, J. (2018). Drug abuse trends in the Columbus region