Columbus and Franklin County are dedicated to ensuring substance abuse in their community is comprehensively addressed – from prevention to recovery. There are dozens of treatment centers in the area to help Columbus residents through the beginning stages of recovery.
Once a person is in recovery, local AA and NA groups provide long-term rehabilitative support to help newly sober individuals reintegrate into their day-to-day life, free of drugs and alcohol.
Columbus is the state capital of Ohio, which creates unique opportunities for city residents. Job opportunities in the government and supporting industries are numerous. Residents enjoy living among the excitement that accompanies legislative sessions, events at the capital and the influence of state politics.
Columbus is home to Ohio State University, allowing residents to take full advantage of everything a college town has to offer. Buckeye fans can catch a football game at Ohio Stadium — or as it is more affectionately known — the Horse Shoe. Other OSU activities include attending events with speakers on various academic topics, theater productions, art exhibits and more.
Offering an abundance of recreation options and a pleasant lifestyle, Columbus has something for everyone. The Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a fantastic place to enjoy the outdoors. The Ohio Theater offers an incredible venue for performance art enthusiast. The North Market famer’s market gives foodies a place to indulge. Sports fans have multiple professional sports options, including the Columbus Crew in the MLS or the Blue Jackets in the NHL.
Government entities in Columbus and the surrounding communities are dedicated to preventing the substance abuse epidemic from escalating and work tirelessly to provide the necessary resources to combat it.
The Latino Women’s Prevention Program aims to educate and empower Latino women and mothers through discussion, leadership and mentoring. The program offers education on the effects, risks and consequences of substance abuse, avoidance of risky situations and ways to positively impact family and community. In addition to substance abuse, the program covers issues including mental health, sexual education, nutrition and more.
This program for 14- to 25-year-olds aims to break patterns of high-risk behaviors for substance abuse, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections by providing numerous services for at-risk individuals, including:
As a proactive effort to prevent addiction, the city created the S.A.G.E. program. This program provides general education on drugs and alcohol to individuals and families who want to prevent substance abuse in their families. Other participants include those referred by the criminal justice system and those deemed at high-risk of abusing substances by a screening assessment. S.A.G.E. programming consists of five sessions lasting three hours each in the mornings or evenings during the work week.
A key goal for Westerville law enforcement is to prevent substance abuse by reducing the access to illicit prescription drugs. The Westerville Medication Disposal programs allows residents to dispose of unwanted or expired prescription medications free of charge with no forms or questions asked. The Westerville Division of Police has a medication disposal box located in the lobby of the station, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, allowing residents to get rid of unwanted dangerous prescriptions and reducing the general public’s access to them.
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Columbus is not only the capital of Ohio, it is also a college town with multiple universities. These institutions of higher learning are dedicated to ensuring their students, professors and faculty are in good health and to providing assistance for those with substance use and eating disorders.
The Office of Student Life Counseling and Consultation Services at Ohio State University provides students with comprehensive individual and group mental health services, prevention education, and outreach programming to help overcome any personal issue they may be facing. The counseling and consultation services help students with:
The Columbus State Community College Counseling Center offers a supportive environment for students to address personal issues, mental health and substance use disorders. All counselors are licensed mental health professionals and can help with relationship issues, academic performance, goal setting and life choices.
Capital University provides substance abuse education and counseling services to all students through the Center for Health and Wellness (CHW). The CHW educates individuals on substance abuse in order to prevent student drug and alcohol use. Staffed by clinical psychologists and licensed clinical counselors, the CHW offers individual and group counseling services for substance abuse, outreach programming and referrals for students who require additional care.
Ohio Dominican University Wellness Center offers counseling services for students in need. Counseling services include assistance with stress management, sleep problems, substance abuse, depression, motivation issues and more. All counseling services are provided by professionals licensed by the State of Ohio.
The Counseling Center at Otterbein University offers free and confidential counseling sessions for students. These services include:
Services are available for a wide variety of issues that students face, such as academic struggles, mental health disorders, relationship issues, substance abuse, trauma and more.
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Columbus support groups and nonprofit organizations in the community strive to protect residents from the unnecessary risks of substance abuse.
A.P.P.S. aims to enrich young lives by providing substance abuse prevention and early intervention services in the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department. Youth and young adults aged 14 to 24 can participate in these programs in four center locations in Columbus:
The Y.E.S. program is tailored to children whose lives have been affected by substance abuse. The program provides education and support through 12 sessions for children five to 12 years of age who love and care about someone who abuses drugs or alcohol or who live in foster care or with an adoptive family as a result of substance abuse.
CHN offers affordable apartments and housing to people disabled by mental illness or substance use disorders and those with histories of homelessness. CHN partners with multiple service organizations to connect Franklin County residents with appropriate services. The overall goal of the program is to assist people with special needs in finding or keeping housing and to grant them access to employment programs.
Volunteer organizations in Columbus give residents the chance to give back to others dealing with substance abuse.
HandsOn Central Ohio works with other nonprofit organizations to provide resources and insight to strengthen the area and help its most vulnerable residents. HandsOn Central Ohio can help coordinate services for food delivery, access to homeless shelters, substance abuse treatment referrals, child care and more. Volunteer opportunities are numerous and allow individuals to assist HandsOn and central Ohio residents in a variety of ways.
The United Way of Central Ohio supports organizations and initiatives that bolster the community and help those in need. Services include child support services, substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, housing support, educational services and more. Volunteer opportunities are nearly unlimited at the United Way of Central Ohio.