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Statistics from the White House report show that over 6 percent of New Jersey residents reported illicit substance abuse in the month prior to the survey in 2007-2008. While drug abuse-related deaths are lower in New Jersey compared to the national average, the primary substance of abuse in the state is heroin.
The heroin epidemic has grown in recent years due to prescription opioid abuse; many people turn to heroin because they can no longer afford prescription painkillers.
For people who struggle with finances, due to homelessness, low income, job loss, or other loss of financial support, and who need help via drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs, New Jersey has several options available. There are many sliding scale, low-cost, and state-funded programs, but there are also some free options for those in need.
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Regardless of ability to pay, anyone who needs to overcome substance abuse problems should be able to get help. Fortunately, as the understanding of addiction changes, more programs are offering low-cost, income-assisted, and free rehabilitation services.
In many cases, these are coupled with other services for those in need, such as shelter, food, and medical care. In other instances, these free options are funded by religious charities. Regardless of how these options are supported, they do not turn anyone away, and they will often write referrals for other programs if their specific program does not provide the level of care a person needs.