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Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation Centers in New Jersey

Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation Centers in New Jersey

The United States has been plagued with an opioid addiction epidemic in recent years, and New Jersey is no exception. In fact, according to statistics from the New Jersey Medical Examiner’s Office, in 2015 alone there were 1,587 deaths related to opioids—up 21 percent from 2014. Additionally, during that same year, there were 961 heroin and morphine deaths around the state, which was a 214 percent increase since 2010, and 417 deaths caused by fentanyl—an amount that is eight times more than 2013.

In response to this trend, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie allotted $100 million toward drug and alcohol treatment in 2015. In addition, several laws have been passed by the state legislature in order to address the problem, including a measure that limits opioid prescriptions to five days and another that requires insurance companies to approve payment for addiction treatment without delay.

This page explores the landscape of rehabs in New Jersey, including the types of facilities available, commonly abused drugs in the state, and the insurance that covers treatment.

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The United States has been plagued with an opioid addiction epidemic in recent years, and New Jersey is no exception. In fact, according to statistics from the New Jersey Medical Examiner’s Office, in 2015 alone there were 1,587 deaths related to opioids—up 21 percent from 2014. Additionally, during that same year, there were 961 heroin and morphine deaths around the state, which was a 214 percent increase since 2010, and 417 deaths caused by fentanyl—an amount that is eight times more than 2013.

In response to this trend, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie allotted $100 million toward drug and alcohol treatment in 2015. In addition, several laws have been passed by the state legislature in order to address the problem, including a measure that limits opioid prescriptions to five days and another that requires insurance companies to approve payment for addiction treatment without delay.

This page explores the landscape of rehabs in New Jersey, including the types of facilities available, commonly abused drugs in the state, and the insurance that covers treatment.

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Snapshot: Addiction & Drug Rehabs in NJ

The New Jersey rate of heroin overdoses is three times the national average.(Source: NJTV)

Fentanyl is a powerful opioid that is 25 to 50 times more potent than heroin. In fact, the drug is so powerful that two Atlantic County law enforcement officials had to be hospitalized after some of the drug blew in their face as they tried to close a bag of fentanyl at a crime scene. (Source: NJ.com)

Of the patients admitted to drug rehab centers in New Jersey in 2015, 22,543 were women and 46,919 were men. (Source: State of New Jersey Department of Human Services)

Admissions to inpatient rehab in NJ in 2015:

  • 17,785 patients addicted to alcohol
  • 27,621 patients addicted to heroin
  • 4,908 patients addicted to other opiates
  • 3,392 patients addicted to cocaine
  • 10,226 patients addicted to marijuana

(Source: State of New Jersey Department of Human Services)

There have been around 6,000 drug overdose deaths in New Jersey since 2004.(Source: NJTV)

Most Commonly Abused Substances in New Jersey
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    Alcohol
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    Heroin
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    OxyContin
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    Benzodiazepines
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    Lortab
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    Percocet
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    Cocaine
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    Marijuana
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    Percodan
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    Fentanyl
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    Methamphetamine
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    Vicodin

Recently Passed New Jersey Drug Legislation

In recent years, New Jersey has passed several pieces of legislation designed to address the drug problem around the state. Among them are laws that:

  • Offer sober housing options for students at state colleges and universities
  • Provide medication assisted therapy, such as methadone and Suboxone, to those enrolled in the drug court program
  • Require insurance companies to pay for up to six months of rehab in New Jersey
  • Mandate that doctors who prescribe opioids explain the risks of these medications to their patients.
  • Provide training for health professionals on the dangers of opioids
Drug Trafficking Patterns in New Jersey

The increase in drug deaths around New Jersey can in part be attributed to the influx of drug dealers from New York. In order to escape rigorous enforcement and harsh punishment, as well as tap into new markets, many drug dealers left New York City and set up shop in rural areas and small towns around New Jersey. Taking advantage of the high price of prescription medications, dealers began selling heroin at a cheaper price to those who were already addicted to pharmaceuticals, which helped them make money as more and more New Jersey residents overdosed on their product.

By the Numbers: Out- and Inpatient Rehabs in NJ

Total Rehabilitation centers
New Jersey

302

Newark

14

Jersey City

6

Paterson

8

Elizabeth

3

Edison

2

Short-term Rehab Programs
New Jersey

32

Newark

1

Jersey City

0

Paterson

2

Elizabeth

0

Edison

0

Long-term Rehab Programs
New Jersey

86

Newark

3

Jersey City

0

Paterson

3

Elizabeth

0

Edison

0

Outpatient Rehabs Programs
New Jersey

13

Newark

12

Jersey City

5

Paterson

7

Elizabeth

3

Edison

2

Certified Opioid Treatment Programs
New Jersey

25

Newark

1

Jersey City

1

Paterson

1

Elizabeth

1

Edison

0

Transitional Housing Programs
New Jersey

22

Newark

2

Jersey City

0

Paterson

2

Elizabeth

0

Edison

0

Veterans Rehabs
New Jersey

49

Newark

4

Jersey City

2

Paterson

1

Elizabeth

2

Edison

0

Adolescent Rehabs
New Jersey

68

Newark

2

Jersey City

1

Paterson

3

Elizabeth

1

Edison

1

Rehabs that Accept Medicare
New Jersey

73

Newark

4

Jersey City

3

Paterson

1

Elizabeth

1

Edison

1

Rehabs that Accept Medicaid
New Jersey

142

Newark

9

Jersey City

4

Paterson

4

Elizabeth

3

Edison

1

Rehabs Offering Financial Assistance
New Jersey

92

Newark

7

Jersey City

3

Paterson

3

Elizabeth

1

Edison

1

Rehabs that Accept Private Insurance
New Jersey

171

Newark

7

Jersey City

5

Paterson

3

Elizabeth

2

Edison

2

Top 10 Alcohol & Drug Rehabs in New Jersey

Around the state, people who need treatment for addiction to drugs and alcohol can find centers that meet their individual needs. Whether patients are veterans, juveniles, women, opioid addicts, or low income, there is a New Jersey rehabilitation center that can help. Below are some examples of these rehabs.

Bethel Counseling Services

ADDRESS:

63-65 Pierce Street
Newark, NJ 07103

PHONE:

(973) 643-6565

Bethel Counseling Services

Newark-based Bethel Counseling Services provides integrated treatment that addresses patients’ addiction coupled with any psychological, medical, and social challenges they may face. Patients who get treatment from the facility have access to a variety of services, including detoxification, bio-psycho-social assessments, HIV testing and support, and counseling on a group or individual basis. In addition, patients are given instruction that provides the tools they need to live a productive, sober life. To that end, Bethel Counseling Services offers anger management classes, relapse prevention services, and mentorship programs, as well as classes designed to increase patients’ parenting, job, and leadership skills. The facility partners with community organizations such as Bergen Regional Medical Center, University Hospital, Newark Municipal Solutions Court, Turning Point, and ACCESS Family Services.

Alpha Healing Center

ADDRESS:

600 Pavonia Ave
Jersey City, NJ 07306

PHONE:

(732) 228-8060

Alpha Healing Center

Alpha Healing Center, which is located in Jersey City, provides traditional, partial, and intensive outpatient programs in order to deliver the most appropriate care based on patients’ needs. In the traditional program, patients can participate in relapse prevention counseling, such as cognitive analytic therapy, motivation enhancement therapy, and cognitive behavior therapy. The intensive program at Alpha Healing Center provides individual, family, or group sessions for nine to twelve hours each week. Patients in the partial care program get stabilization treatment—which requires a commitment of at least 25 hours per week—including group therapy that focuses on stress reduction strategies, psychoeducational learning, and behavior restructuring. In addition, Alpha Healing Center provides Suboxone treatment for patients who need help overcoming an opioid addiction.

Straight and Narrow Inc.

ADDRESS:

508 Straight St
PO Box 2738
Paterson, NJ 07501

PHONE:

(973) 345-6000

Straight and Narrow Inc.

Straight and Narrow Inc., which is part of Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Paterson, provides holistic, client-centered treatment that is not confrontational in nature. Instead, the facility helps patients understand the changes they need to make to overcome addiction, and provides a roadmap for them to get there. To that end, Straight and Narrow has both outpatient and residential treatments that address patients’ overall physical and mental health in addition to substance abuse disorder. On an outpatient basis, patients can receive treatment one to three days per week that includes AA and NA meetings, relapse prevention services, and individual or group treatments. For those who need inpatient care, the facility offers detox services, as well as programs that are specifically tailored to men or women.

Ambrosia Treatment Center

ADDRESS:

287 Old Marlton Pike
Medford, NJ 08055

PHONE:

(888) 492-1633

Ambrosia Treatment Center

Ambrosia Treatment Center in Medford is located in a secluded area that allows patients to completely focus on their treatment without any distractions. From the initial detoxification to ongoing therapy, patients have access to a supportive staff that is available to help them throughout the day and night. During their stay at the facility, patients can participate in one-on-one therapy sessions once a week in order to get guidance on their specific issues, as well as group counseling that takes place on a daily basis or family counseling that is held twice per week. In addition, Ambrosia Treatment Center provides mindfulness meditations each day to teach patients how to reduce stress and be content with their journey toward sobriety.

Blake Recovery Center at Carrier Clinic

ADDRESS:

252 County Road 601
Belle Mead, NJ 08502

PHONE:

(800) 933-3579

Blake Recovery Center at Carrier Clinic

Since its inception in 1981, the Blake Recovery Center at Carrier Clinic has delivered residential treatment that includes medically-assisted detoxification for alcohol and street and prescription drugs. One of the services the Center offers is inpatient dual diagnosis treatment, which entails addressing the substance addiction along with a mental disorder like PTSD—which makes the program helpful for veterans who are self-medicating after struggling with the psychological aftermath of combat. In addition, the facility offers outpatient services, including an alumni program for those who want to continue getting the support they received during residential treatment.

Seashore Family Services of New Jersey

ADDRESS:

35 Beaverson Boulevard
Suite 6-A
Brick, NJ 08723

PHONE:

(732) 920-2700 x407

Seashore Family Services of New Jersey

Seashore Family Services of New Jersey provides treatment that not only focuses on the needs of the addicted individual, but the family unit as well. The facility offers outpatient and inpatient services such as physical and psychiatric assessments, at least one individual therapy session per week, and group and family counseling. When working with families, Seashore provides help with parenting and relationship problems, as well as issues like depression, stress, and anxiety.

Haley House

ADDRESS:

62 Ward Road
Blairstown, NJ 07825

PHONE:

(908) 362-5417

Haley House

Haley House is a transitional living facility for women who want to continue their journey of recovery after completing primary addiction care. Women who enter the facility can participate in individual and group therapy, as well as meetings that are based on the twelve-step philosophy of recovery. In addition, Haley House helps patients reunify with their families, gain basic life skills that they may have lost when they were abusing substances, and get on track to continue their education and find employment. Also, women in the facility can participate in activities such as meditation, skiing, hiking, and horseback riding.

Pinnacle Treatment Centers

ADDRESS:

1317 Route 73, Suite 200
Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054

PHONE:

(856) 439-6111

Pinnacle Treatment Centers

Patients struggling with opioid addiction can get the care that best meets their specific needs at Pinnacle Treatment Centers. The facility provides different medically-assisted treatments (MAT) for opioid addiction, including methadone and Suboxone interventions. Also, in order to promote long-term sobriety, patients can receive monthly Vivitrol injections on an outpatient basis to reduce drug cravings. In addition, Pinnacle augments MAT with counseling, so patients can work through their problems in a supportive environment. To that end, patients participate in individual counseling to discuss issues in a private setting, as well a group therapy, where people connect with each other while talking about their shared experiences.

Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care

ADDRESS:

303 George Street
2nd Floor
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

PHONE:

(732) 235-3440

Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care

The Specialized Addiction Treatment Services (SATS) program at Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care provides grant-funded substance abuse treatment on an outpatient basis. In addition to group, family, and individual counseling, SATS offers treatment for co-occurring mental disorders, physical and developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injury, and trauma.

Sequoia Recovery

Contact Information:

34 Exchange Place #118
Jersey City, NJ 07302

(800) 489-5016

104 Bayard Street #214
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

(800) 489-5016

101 Old Short Hills Road s
Suite 285
West Orange, NJ 07052

(800) 489-5016

Sequoia Recovery

With locations in Jersey City, New Brunswick, and West Orange, Sequoia Recovery offers luxury services designed for people to receive maximum comfort as they deal with the physical and psychological challenges of getting sober. As patients get detox and counseling, they can relax by using the facility’s swimming pools, spas, and fitness centers.

Paying for Addiction Rehabilitation Centers in NJ

Getting treatment from a New Jersey rehabilitation center can be expensive, which leaves some people thinking that help may be out of their reach. However, in most cases, those who have private insurance can get their treatment funded in whole or in part. Patients who don’t have private insurance may be able to get their treatment paid for by Medicare or Medicaid if they’re eligible for those programs. Additionally, some private drug rehab centers in New Jersey offer payment assistance or a sliding fee scale, while facilities that are run by the state may be free of charge.

Q&A with a New Jersey Rehab Expert

About Christian Losch, LCSW, LCADC
About Christian Losch, LCSW, LCADC

Christian Losch, LCSW, LCADC, is the Clinical Director at Ambrosia Treatment Centers of New Jersey. In this role, he is responsible for the overall clinical operations of Ambrosia’s residential and outpatient programs. Christian also operates a private practice offering clinical supervision and consulting to individuals and agencies. He is a graduate of the Rutgers School of Social Work and is dually licensed as a Clinical Social Worker and Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

  • Q. What trends have you observed in addiction treatment in New Jersey in recent years?

    With the continuing opioid epidemic, we have seen tremendous growth in the amount of new and expanding treatment programs in the state. While it is great that there are more treatment programs available, the concern anytime you have this rate of growth is whether or not all of the programs are reputable and providing ethical, effective care.

  • Q. What challenges do addiction programs in New Jersey currently face and what are they doing to overcome them?

    Funding is a problem that programs both in the private and public treatment sectors face. On the public side, cuts to the state budget have impacted the amount and quality of service programs can provide. In private treatment centers, this happens via constant battles with health insurers protecting their bottom line. The average length of stay in treatment is continuously shortened to help them achieve this goal. Research continually shows that longer engagement in treatment leads to better outcomes. To overcome these programs, providers need to focus on being able to offer the best in evidence-based treatment and provide outcome measures to show that their programs work.

    Restrictions on where a program can open a new facility has been a problem throughout New Jersey. Local zoning laws, not in my back yard attitudes, and other forms of red tape are continuously putting restrictions on the opening of new services.

    A shortage of addiction professionals still exists. Rutgers University has done a fantastic job of trying to address this through their Addiction Counselor Training program in the School of Social Work. If a few more of the state’s colleges and universities joined them, real progress could be made. A similar program needs to be started in both Nursing and Medical schools.

    More community-based services are needed for those in recovery. These include sober living facilities, which have a very difficult time operating in New Jersey due to regulatory issues mentioned above. Other needed services include vocational, medical, and family support services critical to those in all stages of recovery.

  • Q. What is New Jersey doing to address the most abused substances in the state?

    The opioid epidemic is the most pressing concern right now in the state. I believe the last administration did a great job of publicizing the problem and took some preliminary steps toward addressing it, however there are many areas that were not addressed. As mentioned before, funding cuts are a glaring problem. The medical and pharmaceutical industries have not been held accountable for their part in starting the epidemic. There is still too little addiction education required of new and existing medical professionals (doctors, nurses, etc.). The state’s prescription monitoring program is yet to be fully functional.

    Opioid and heroin overdoses are a growing problem. Many programs and agencies have started to offer peer support services within emergency rooms to try to help engage overdose survivors in some type of recovery program. Though these services are great when done right, there needs to be greater coordination in how this is done county to county and more intense supervision of those offering these services.

  • Q. What makes New Jersey a good state to get addiction treatment? Do patients come to New Jersey from out of state to receive treatment?

    New Jersey is a great state to come to for addiction treatment. We have a wide variety of treatment programs that offer excellent care at all levels of service. Clients regularly travel from our neighboring states in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York, and Connecticut to take advantage of what these programs have to offer.

  • Q. Where is alcohol and drug rehab in NJ headed in the future?

    I think for the time being we will continue to see growth in new providers coming to New Jersey to take advantage of the need for treatment in our state. We have a growing opioid epidemic and are a wealthy state, which makes New Jersey a prime target for treatment providers.