Over the past decade, New Jersey as a whole has been extremely hard hit by substance abuse. The New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, publishes an annual, in-depth report on statewide substance abuse. This overview provides insight as to how many New Jersey residents are struggling with substance abuse and how many are actively seeking treatment. According to this report, the majority of individuals who were struggling with a substance abuse disorder were admitted to treatment for heroin 44% (39, 571) of New Jersey residents in treatment in 2018 struggled with heroin addiction. 28% (25,069) struggled with alcohol abuse or dependence, and 12% (11,060) were in treatment for marijuana abuse. The remaining 15% of New Jersey residents seeking treatment in 2018 were abusing cocaine, other opiates, or other drugs. Out of all of the individuals seeking treatment, only 2% (2,051) went on to stay in a sober living residence.
Unfortunately, those that complete residential treatment and do not go on to stay in a sober living house have an increased propensity for relapse. This could be why substance abuse problems in the state of New Jersey continue to persist, and the numbers of addicted men and women continue to rise annually. If you or someone you love has been struggling with addiction, completing a multi-phased continuum of care is essential to long-term recovery. This includes medical detox, residential treatment, and sober living.
Why Sober Living?
Early recovery can be a somewhat tumultuous time. It can be difficult for those new to sobriety to navigate their newfound way of life – active addiction to substance-free living is a major change. Sober living housing provides men and women who have recently completed inpatient treatment the opportunity to adjust to sobriety in a safe and supportive environment.
They will have far more personal freedom, but will still be held accountable, and will still have professional support available if they should need it. Sober living homes require residents to keep up with a certain set of rules and guidelines, including abiding by a curfew, keeping up with chores, attending daily 12 step meetings, finding and keeping a job, participating in group sessions, and taking bi-weekly drug tests to encourage accountability.
If an individual returns home after inpatient treatment, rates of relapse increase significantly. Sober living is a necessary step when it comes to comprehensive addiction recovery. Finding the best New Jersey sober living residences might seem like a tall order, considering there are so many potential options. Fortunately, we are available to help you make the right decision for all of your personal needs and requirements.
New Jersey Sober Living Residences
There are many New Jersey sober living residences available, though not all of them are reputable. With the rise of statewide addiction cases came the rise of “flop houses” – residences that disguise themselves as sober living homes, but do not have the well-being of their residents in mind. Flop houses take advantage of those in vulnerable positions and capitalize off of health insurance plans while offering very little structure or support to those in need. There are several reputable and accredited sober living residences in New Jersey, including Stonebridge and Westgate, the River Bend Residences properties.
Both sober living homes are gender-specific and DCA licensed. Our team of experienced professionals offers around-the-clock support and treats each resident with respect and compassion. Each property provides residents with semi-private bedrooms and state-of-the-art, retreat-style amenities, all within 10 minutes of the Appalachian Trail. We believe that sober living is an important final step on the road to initial recovery and that the transition back into independent living should be as seamless as possible. To learn more about our New Jersey sober living residences, please give us a call at (844) 505-3447 today.