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Drug and Alcohol Addiction in New Jersey

State of Addiction in New Jersey

The Toll of Addiction in NJ

New Jersey is known for its miles of toll roads, dense urban population centers, and Atlantic City. But one of the major problems facing people living in the state is the ongoing and increasing prevalence of drug and alcohol addiction. We'd like to share statistics, hotlines and resources to help New Jersey combat its substance abuse problems.

The Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services of the New Jersey Department of Human Services provides illuminating drug use statistics based on data culled from drug treatment admissions across the state. In 2014, the department published the New Jersey Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment Substance Abuse Overview 2014 Statewide. The survey findings are based on responses from addiction treatment programs that responded to a state online questionnaire available as part of the state’s Substance Abuse Monitoring System (NJSAMS). Based on the responses, the state learned that, in 2014, there were at least 65,553 drug treatment admissions with 46,441 client admissions (because some were counted more than once). The following are some of the highlights of information gleaned from the questionnaires about these admissions:

In addition to rehab centers, there are numerous organizations that are involved in the drug recovery process. Whereas a rehab center can provide a full continuum of care (from detox through primary addiction treatment to aftercare services), there are different avenues for accessing critical assistance. These organizations include New Jersey state or local agencies, nonprofits operating in New Jersey, and community-based services.

Many states, including New Jersey, have made an effort to make Narcan (naloxone) readily available to help curb the growing prevalence of opioid overdoses across the US. Learn more about how you can get this opioid overdose reversal medication and how to use it to help save a life. We recommend that everyone take the time to learn about how to find and use naloxone. If you, a family member, or someone you live with takes opioids as a prescription or abuses them recreationally, please consider accessing some form of naloxone to keep with you in case of emergency.

A History of Alcohol & Drugs

New Jersey has long been home to some of the most notorious stories of prohibition, organized crime, and growing drug problems in the nation. It is no wonder this small but densely populated state that straddles New York and Philadelphia metro regions has both the best and worst when it comes to a history with substance use.

While America is a relatively wealthy nation at the state and federal level, there is always greater need in health-related areas than there are allocated resources. According to the White House, in 2010 alone, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration gave New Jersey a grant of $47,103,249 to support services related to drug prevention and treatment. In fact, in that year, the federal government allocated a total of $113,795,702 to New Jersey to fund different programs. However, on the ground level, the reality is that the state could use even more money to expand existing programs and create new ones.

Substance Abuse Help

Finding treatment for addiction can save your life or the life of someone you love. But, often, the process of getting started is overwhelming enough to stop the most well-intentioned person. We're here to help guide you through the process with answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about treatment.

Local Events & Education

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Our events include both local (in-person) and virtual training and recovery support groups.

New England & Mid-Atlantic Addiction Guide

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The Northeastern region of the United States is nation's most developed, densely populated and culturally diverse region. Home to around 18% of the U.S. population and producing 20% of the US GDP. Learn about the impact of drug use and addiction in this region.