Substance Abuse Treatment in Cincinnati, Ohio


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Hotel California by the Sea offers an unparalleled solution to drug abuse for those looking to receive addiction treatment in the Cincinnati, Ohio area. With multiple levels of care, targeted treatment plans, and a thick community of people in recovery, Hotel California by the Sea can help you or your loved one recover from substance abuse issues and achieve a lifestyle of freedom and sobriety.

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Although substantial efforts have been made to fight substance abuse in the United States, addiction remains a significant problem for individuals and communities nationwide.

Substance abuse refers to the misuse of mood or mind-altering substances. These substances include prescription drugs, illicit drugs, and alcohol. Substance use disorders (SUDs) result in a range of destructive behaviors, like:

  • Familial confrontation.
  • Financial problems.
  • Criminal consequences.
  • Domestic violence.
  • Child abuse.
  • Suicide.

Did You Know?

More than 67,000 Americans died from an overdose in 2018, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). This tragic number has almost doubled since 2010, with 38,000 overdose deaths in the United States alone.

The public health crisis to treat addiction remains a top priority for healthcare workers and government officials. Due to the overwhelming psychological, economic, and criminal consequences entire communities face, Hotel California by the Sea, Cincinnati, is determined to change the lives of individuals stuck in the cycle of addiction.

Treatment Services in Ohio

In Cincinnati, Ohio, Hotel California By the Sea offers individualized treatment programming for prescription drug abuse. We intervene with a multidisciplinary treatment approach and offer all levels of care ranging from medication assisted treatment (MAT), detoxification, residential treatment, to outpatient treatment. The level of care that a client enters at Hotel California by the Sea depends on various factors, such as their physical and emotional needs, their amount of sober time, their financial situation

In the initial stages of treatment, medication assisted treatment is often needed due to the long-term use and dangerous withdrawal side effects. Once the acute withdrawal potential has decreased with the help of doctors and nurses, patients typically step down to residential treatment for therapeutic support. What gets people addicted to substances in the first place is not just physical, so patients receive psychoeducation, individual counseling, and group therapy in residential care.

These modalities address the psychological factors and root causes of why patients started using substances in the first place. Once individuals obtain more insight into their substance use disorder and become stable in their home living environment, they attend outpatient treatment to provide a smooth transition into daily life with the new coping skills they have developed. Outpatient treatment services offer ongoing psychotherapy sessions and group support to aid in relapse prevention and overall improvement in patient’s well-being.

The state of Ohio has made strides in promoting substance abuse awareness and recognizing it as a mental health issue. The startling statistics have revealed an increased demand for addiction services, making resources for drug and alcohol treatment abundant in the Ohio region. Rehab centers are finding that individuals can’t recover alone and that more intensive interventions are required.

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Substances We Treat at Hotel California By The Sea

The types of substances someone abuses could depend on various factors such as income, region, population, education, and more. According to the Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring Network (OSAM), opioids and psychostimulants remain the most abused and highly available drugs in the Cincinnati region.

Opioids such as fentanyl, heroin, and Suboxone® are most common while psychostimulants such as methamphetamine and cocaine are amongst the more popular uppers. Individuals with substance use disorders typically mix heroin with meth or cocaine, known on the streets as a speedball. Another primary use for psychostimulants is to assist with opioid withdrawal. Users report cocaine and meth alleviate some of the pain from intravenous heroin withdrawal. Unfortunately, using one substance to get off the other has proven to be ineffective and has revealed to be just as medically compromising in the long run.  


Opioids are drugs that are either derived from the opium poppy or synthetically derived in a laboratory. Opioids are one of the most highly addictive substances due to a user’s immediate increase in tolerance, cravings, and lack of control. At Hotel California by the Sea, we have spent years studying opioids, their effects on users, and how to help people heal from dependence on these drugs. We are qualified and prepared to help you or your loved one recover from an addiction to opioids.

The most common opioid drugs on today’s market include heroin, fentanyl, and prescription opiates. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, overdose deaths involving prescription opioids were five times higher in 2016 than in 1999. The opiate epidemic claimed the lives of thousands of people in the early 2000’s, not discriminating against any portion of the population; gender, race, financial status, or geographical location, everyone is susceptible to opioid addiction.

These startling statistics frightened government officials and eventually placed more regulations on the approval of these drugs by the FDA, as well as their distribution.

Previously, patients had easy access to opioids and little accountability for their medication use. However, after newly-instilled regulations, doctors became bound by law to enter patients into automated reporting systems for controlled substances.

Certain types of pills were altered with abuse-deterrent technology so they could not be smoked or crushed up. The pharmaceutical industry became better-regulated, but unfortunately many people were already addicted to opiates. With vicious cravings, a creeping tolerance, and little control despite hefty consequences, many people who were previously addicted to pain pills resorted to street drugs like heroin.

Although heroin is considered the most commonly used opioid, its dangerous narrative quickly shifted when fentanyl hit the streets. Even more potent and addictive, fentanyl contributed to the skyrocketing of thousands of unintentional overdose deaths. Over 31,000 people suffered fentanyl and fentanyl-analog related deaths in 2018. Surpassing every other prescription and illicit drug due to its potency, accessibility, and painful withdrawal effects, fentanyl earns more than double the death rate of any other drug on the underground market.

Because fentanyl is so much more addictive and cheaper than other illicit drugs, dealers are cutting heroin and even cocaine with this lethal substance to give to their users. Not only does this get people hooked on a much stronger substance so they come back for more, but they are gambling their life with each use. Fentanyl is the most lethal drug with the highest overdose rate of all time. The worst part is that many users prefer fentanyl over heroin and are willing to risk their life knowing full well of the consequences because it is stronger and cheaper.


The most commonly used psychostimulants or “uppers” in Cincinnati, Ohio include methamphetamine, powdered cocaine, and crack cocaine. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), deaths by stimulant overdose have exponentially increased since 2014. 13,000 deaths occurred by stimulant overdose in 2018 alone. Hyperthermia, or a dramatic increase in body temperature, is the primary cause of overdose deaths in psychostimulant users. However, this lethal substance produces a variety of toxic effects such as cardiovascular compromise and seizures.

Considering crack cocaine is amongst the more popular uppers in the Ohio area, users face greater risk due to its highly concentrated and addictive nature. Furthermore, users are mixing heroin and cocaine, specifically through intravenous needle injection, sending their heart rate to all time high’s and low’s. Because heroin is a downer and cocaine is an upper, users tend to use both to balance each other out, but this fatal concoction has the potential to send them straight into cardiac arrest. Whether users are snorting cocaine, injecting it, or smoking crack, the overdose risks are consistent across the board.

Combating Addiction in Ohio, One Person at a Time

According to the Ohio Department of Health, unintentional drug poisoning became the leading cause of injury death in 2007, surpassing motor vehicle crashes for the first time. This trend has continued from 2007 to 2018. In response, the state allocates over 2.6 million annually to projects that implement community coalitions, overdose fatality reviews, and strategic response plans.

One of the most effective outcomes was initiated by Governor John Kasich who signed the emergency legislation for making naloxone available without a prescription. Also known as Narcan, this antidote has proven to be extremely effective in reversing the effects of an opiate overdose from drugs such as heroin, fentanyl, or prescription opioids.

Naloxone blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and restores breathing of the user instantly and has been used by doctors for over 40 years. Along with Narcan’s full accessibility to users, family’s with people in recovery, and treatment facilities, Project DAWN (Death Avoided with Naloxone) is a state program that provides education, training, and take home kits for this life-saving medication.

Along with the proactive community outreach regarding the mental health aspects of addiction, the state of Ohio is also taking the necessary steps to dismantle the large drug-trafficking organizations responsible for spreading these lethal drugs.

Ohio Governor, Mike Dewine and lt announced in February of 2020 that $2 million in funding will be granted to support the local law enforcement in their work to disrupt the drug trade in Ohio. This funding will also go towards the Recovery Ohio initiative which aims to increase mental health awareness, provide prevention in schools, and connect those who need it to treatment.

If you are concerned about yourself or a family member who is struggling with addiction, please contact us or call our admissions team at (866) 502-8200 to discuss treatment options. Hotel California by the Sea in Cincinnati, Ohio offers several targeted programs for those who suffer from substance abuse and other co-occurring mental health conditions.

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