...but there is always hope!
From emergency care to long term rehab
facilities, here are several central NJ resources
to assist you and your loved ones on the journey
If you witness an overdose CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY!
The “New Jersey Good Samaritan law” (the “Overdose Prevention Act”) protects people calling for help. Help save your friend’s life!
“A person who, in good faith, seeks medical assistance for someone experiencing a drug overdose shall not be: arrested, charged, prosecuted, or convicted for obtaining, possessing, using, or being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance.”
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Dispensed Naloxone or NARCAN® is a lifesaving medication designed
to help reverse the effects of an opioid / fentanyl overdose in minutes. Inquire about purchasing Narcan from your local pharmacist. For further access resources click here -
NEVER USE ALONE
NO JUDGEMENT, NO SHAMING, NO PREACHING, JUST LOVE!
If you are going to use by yourself, call Never Use Alone! 1-800-484-3731. You will be asked for your first name, location, and the number you are calling from. An operator will stay on the line with you while you use. If you stop responding after using, the operator will notify emergency services of an \"unresponsive person\" at your location.
PEER RECOVERY COACHES
Peer recovery coaches are a valuable critical resource for supporting patients with substance abuse
disorder. After overdosing and during an emergency room visit, recovery coaches are present to
comfort a patient with anxiety, assess readiness to seek treatment, identify overdose risk factors,
and provide an individualized plan to navigate and access addiction treatment. Peer recovery coaches
are personal mentors, coming from a place of understanding rather than judgment, as they are in
recovery from alcohol and/or drug addiction as well. Many medical facilities have noted high success
rates due to their efforts and support.
MEDICATION ASSISTED RECOVERY
MAT (Medically Assisted Treatment e.g. Suboxone, Methadone) is a supplementary treatment or assistive therapy to the overall treatment of a person with a substance use disorder. An MAT will not “cure” the person’s addiction or ensure success in recovery unless the person additionally engages in behavioral treatments such as counseling, therapy, social support and long-term aftercare. MAT’s can help sustain recovery as well as prevent opioid overdose. These drugs block the euphoric effects of drugs, reduce cravings, and help normalize brain chemistry and body functions. They must be prescribed by a certified physician and given after a thorough dual diagnosis consultation and exam to meet each individual’s needs. For area resources click here -
OPERATION HELPING HAND
OHH is a program that involves door-to-door outreach to have law enforcement, accompanied by recovery support specialists, engage people who are struggling with substance use disorders, by providing on-the-spot referrals to treatment and other resources.
Address: 20 Grove St., Somerville, N.J. 08876
Phone: 908-393-8888 (Recovery Support Specialist)
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SOMERSET COUNTY NJ AND SURROUNDS
Substance Use Disorder is a chronic brain disease prone to relapse. The brain is hijacked and reprogrammed making it extremely difficult to reset the path of illness, loss, and personal destruction. However, people should learn from their mistakes and not die from them. There is always hope and when one starts to engage in treatment, establishes a strong support network and looks towards the positivity of recovery, they realize that a better life is possible and that they have learned many life lessons that should be shared with others in need.
MEETINGS & HELP LINES
Regular attendance at any of these meeting sources and connection with a sponsor can help to provide structure and accountability to your recovery journey and support network.
"Keep Coming Back. It Works, If You Work It!
New Jersey Addiction Services Hotline (IME / Rutgers) 1-844-276-2777 - Mon to Fri 24hrs. Alcohol and drug hotline.
NJ CONNECT 1-855-652-3737 - Free, confidential helpline for people struggling with addiction. Family members may call as well.
REACH NJ 1-844-732-2465 - Free, confidential, multilingual helpline to connect individuals to inpatient, outpatient, or recovery.
988 - 988 is now officially available nationwide for anyone in the U.S. to contact during a mental health, substance use, or suicide crisis.
IN-PATIENT RECOVERY TREATMENTS
The purpose of drug or alcohol detoxification is to provide clinical supervision during the withdrawal process of physically clearing harmful substances from the body. A typical stay is 3-10 days depending on the severity of one's use and insurance coverage. Warning: Detoxing without the aid of a medical professional can be dangerous or fatal.
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SHORT-MIDTERM RESIDENTIAL RECOVERY
Short-term residential recovery (typically 28 days) and Midterm residential recovery (typically 60- 90 days) focus on maintaining sobriety, providing intensive personal and group counseling, and developing a plan for continued support and recovery treatment. Various behavioral therapies (anger management, trauma, family sessions, etc.) may be offered.
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LONG-TERM RESIDENTIAL RECOVERY
Long-term residential recovery focuses on maintaining sobriety and resocialization. Often structured as phase-based programs, their services include individual and group counseling, behavioral therapies, job skills training, and employment assistance. Some offer treatment for dual diagnosis treatment and some offer help within the criminal justice system.
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PARTIAL HOSPITALIZATION PROGRAMS ('PHPs')
Often called “day programs” as they do not require overnight stays, individuals are medically monitored by medical staff and/or certified addiction counselors. They include individual and group counseling, behavior therapies, and support groups.
It is a preferred option for a tapering regimen (typically 4-8 hours per day, 4-5 days a week, generally lasting 3-5 weeks).
INTENSIVE OUTPATIENT PROGRAMS ('IOPs')
IOPs generally focus on addiction education, response behaviors, symptom management, relapse prevention, and reducing use if applicable. They typically include individual and group counseling and drug testing. IOPs are typically 3-5 hours per day, 3-5 days a week, generally lasting 90 days.
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PEER RECOVERY AND FAMILY SUPPORT
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COUNSELING, THERAPY, WORKSHOPS
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YOUTH PREVENTION AND MENTORING PROGRAMS
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