Summer at the Jersey shore is nothing short of paradise. The pristine beaches of Cape May, the Atlantic City Boardwalk and the Battleship New Jersey are just a few of the experiences visitors and residents come back to again and again. The Garden State is also the home of Liberty State Park and the jumping off point for visitors to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.

With all that is right in New Jersey, the state is currently facing a terrible wrong; an epidemic of opioid drug abuse. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie recently declared opioid abuse a public health crisis, and there’s little wonder as to why.

According to NJTV, there have been almost 6000 drug overdose deaths in the state since 2004, and the rate of heroin overdose in New Jersey is nearly three times the national average. For those who struggle, New Jersey drug addiction treatment can mean the difference between life and death.

Opioid Addiction in New Jersey

Opioids are synthetic or semi-synthetic forms of morphine, a powerful painkiller derived from the Asian poppy plant. Prescription opioids are used to treat pain after surgery, injury, or from pain caused by chronic conditions such as lupus or fibromyalgia.

Prescription opioids like hydrocodone and OxyContin bind to opioid receptors in the brain changing the way the body perceives pain and causing feelings of euphoria in the user. Over time, the brain no longer releases its own pain-related neurotransmitters, and the person needs the drug to feel and function “normally.”

When this type of dependence is reached, addiction isn’t far behind. After there are no more prescriptions available for the painkillers, whether through state drug monitoring programs or lack of insurance coverage, those addicted to the drugs turn to heroin because it is cheap and easy to get. But because heroin can be mixed with other substances, it makes overdosing easy and can quickly lead to death.

Drug & Alcohol Rehab in NJ

If you or a loved one struggles with opioid addiction or addiction to other substances, there is help available. Treatment typically begins with medically-supervised detox. This gives the body the chance to rid itself of the toxins of the drug in a safe environment. After detox comes the diagnosis of any underlying mental illness that may be contributing to or causing the addiction.

You or your loved one’s treatment program will consist of:

  • individual and group therapy sessions
  • family therapy
  • medications to stabilize mental illness
  • meditation
  • yoga
  • spiritual counseling
  • nutrition classes depending

Once treatment has ended, your facility will schedule regular meetings with your therapist as well as find you a support group. Quality aftercare greatly reduces the risk of relapse. The following are a few of the addiction treatment programs available in New Jersey:

Enlightened Solutions, Egg Harbor

Enlightened Solutions specializes in individual therapy, dual-diagnosis therapy, 12-Step group therapy and holistic therapy that treats the whole person, not just the addiction. Enlightened Solutions accepts private pay and private insurance.

Recovery Centers of America at Lighthouse, Mays Landing

This facility specializes in medically-supervised detox, individualized treatment, dual-diagnosis/co-occurring disorders treatment and aftercare support. The facility offers both inpatient treatment with private rooms and outpatient treatment. Recovery Centers of American at Lighthouse accepts private insurance and Medicaid.

Advanced Health and Education, Eatontown

This facility specializes in client and family support groups, creative arts therapy, holistic therapy and process abuse treatment. Advanced Health and Education offers outpatient therapy, intensive outpatient therapy and a day school, and accepts private insurance or private pay.

Finding Rehab in New Jersey

Taking more opioids to deal with a painful condition may seem like a good idea in the middle of a crisis, but developing dependence on the drug only makes an already difficult situation worse.

If you or a loved one struggle with drug or alcohol addiction, recognizing you have a problem and reaching out for help is the most important step. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day to answer your questions about available treatment options and how to find the right facility for your unique situation. You are not alone. Call us now.

New Jersey Drug and Alcohol Rehabs