Carteret, New Jersey
Drug Rehab In New Jersey
Carteret Borough, NJ is split in two by the New Jersey Turnpike. The larger part called Carteret, the smaller part West Carteret. On one side it is bordered by the Hudson River. Viewed from above it is surrounded by industrial warehousing and refineries.
It is a young borough with a median age of 35.1 years with only 10.8% of the population over the age of 65. Carteret has a mixed racial profile 34.4% white, 29.1% Hispanic or Latino, 22.3% Asian and 12.5% Black or African American. 32.1% of residents were not born in the U.S.
The median household income is $67,000 slightly lower than the NJ average of $71000. 56.1% of the population own their homes, 8% less than the national average. 15.1% live below the poverty line and it has an unemployment rate of 4.3%
It is seen by its’ residents as a safe place to live, though some say there is relatively little to do for the younger people of the borough. Over the last ten years, there has been significant investment by the municipality and a $600 million injection from private sources. Carteret has seen quite significant redevelopment and a rise in employment opportunities, companies such as Amazon choosing to open two large distribution facilities here. It has also seen decreasing crime rates across the board.
Drug Use in Carteret
Carteret in Middlesex County has not escaped the opioid epidemic that has blighted New Jersey and wider New England in recent years, bordered by Woodbridge Township which has the highest rate of substance misuse admissions in Middlesex county and Rathway City, Union County which has a similar rate to Carteret, goes some way to accounting for why this is the case. The over-prescription of opioid pain killers, being seen as one cause of the epidemic. Another factor is the popularity of New Jersey as a trafficking corridor into New York. Heroin prices in the New Jersey area have been as low as $5 a bag, so transferring from prescription opioids to the illegal narcotic is not initially an expensive step to take. The predominance of construction and transportation/distribution employment has been given as a reason for the high rate of prescription pain killer use. Experts have cited the use of prescribed opioid painkillers as a gateway to the use of heroin. From 2010 to 2014 there was a massive 420% increase in heroin overdose deaths. State-wide legislation was passed to allow law enforcement officers and emergency responders to carry naloxone/Narcan in an attempt to reduce the number of lives lost. In February of 2017 state Governor Chris Christie, passed new legislature to limit prescription of opioid painkillers to five days, to try and limit the amount in circulation. Many M.Ds were not happy with what they see as an interference with the doctor-patient relationship. What many may have missed is that this legislation also offered insurance cover for substance misusers, to provide up to six months of inpatient or outpatient treatment if medically ordered.
Alcohol abuse in Carteret runs a close second to heroin in the 2016 figures, making up 31% of those admitted for treatment. This figure is slightly lower than the 36% admission rate for Middlesex County as a whole.
Substance Abuse Treatment
Middlesex County had 2332 admissions for heroin abuse in 2016 and 1842 for alcohol. These two substances making up 73% of the total number of admissions. 82% of patients admitted were single or divorced with a 40/60 split between those working and those not. 40% received outpatient care and 21% intensive outpatient care. Only 4% received long-term residential treatment with a further 9% in short-term residential treatment. Out of the total of 5705 admissions, 65% were treated in county.
Carteret sits in the middle of Middlesex County’s admissions numbers for substance abuse treatments, with heroin and alcohol misusers making up 70% of the total. This figure is nearly identical to the County’s 73%.
If you are suffering from the effects of substance misuse, it is vital that you take steps now, in order to overcome your addiction. The longer you leave it, the harder it will be to stop using and the greater the negative consequences will be for yourself and your loved ones. Admitting that you have a problem can often be the most difficult step to take.
Pluck up the courage and make that call, schedule that appointment. If you live in Carteret, you are in the right place to access help with your substance abuse problem. New Jersey is determined to come to grips with its’ substance abuse problems and offers a great variety of treatment programs, all with the sole intent of helping you gain back control of your life, by releasing the grip your substance of abuse has over you.
Not knowing what will occur if you enter a substance abuse rehab programme can be one reason for not engaging with the help that is available. Below is some brief information on what will occur if you decide to get help.
If you have been convicted of DWI or a concerned third party has recommended seeking help, assessment is the first stage of treatment. This can be as simple as filling out an online questionnaire. Those with a conviction will have to attend an assessment and evaluation at a state certified treatment center.
At this stage, the financial cost of your treatment will be covered. Treatment may seem expensive but over the long term, the cost of treatment is considerably less than the financial and legal ramifications of an unchecked substance abuse habit. The National Institute on Drug Abuse found that every $1 you spend on treatment can save you up to $12 in continued drug misuse and its associated costs. Don’t be alarmed if you feel that treatment is something that you cannot afford. The pre-intake discussion will cover what options are available to finance your treatment. Many treatment centers in N.J. offer a sliding scale of fees dependent on your ability to pay and free treatment is available, though this can be quite difficult to access. You will have to source this treatment yourself.
You will likely have an intake interview and a medical before treatment can begin. The medical will cover your physical and mental health, as it is quite common for patients to present for treatment with a dual problem of addiction and a mental health issue. Though it may be difficult, being as honest as you can, at this stage, will ensure that you are offered the most suitable help for dealing with your problem.
The most feared part of the rehab programme. Ridding your body of all traces of the substance you have been abusing. It is far safer to undergo detox through a rehab programme. You will receive a carefully worked out schedule of detoxification and if needed medications to ease any adverse effects while you undergo this process.
Outpatient or Inpatient
Whether you detox as an outpatient or an inpatient is dependent on many factors, such as the type of substance you are abusing, how long you have been abusing and whether your rehab is voluntary or mandatory.
This can involve entering a Residential Treatment Center or partial hospitalization. An RTC patient will live at the rehab center for an agreed period of time or until rehab is deemed to be successful. Partial Hospitalisation treatment is often recommended after attending a rehab center full time. It is regarded as the next step on the road to recovery. It will offer all the help that an RTC stay has, without the permanent residence. Typically you don’t stay overnight, attendance of 5 to seven days a week is common with 4 to 8 hours per day required. This type of treatment can be useful for those with home commitments and keeps the patient highly connected to the therapies and treatments that the rehab center uses.
Intensive Out-Patient treatment may be the final stages of treatment for a substance misuser who has successfully completed inpatient treatment, or for substance misusers who do not need detox, typically cocaine or marijuana users or those who have not been misusing for a great length of time. Work or home commitments are not drastically effected by IOP rehab and though similar in nature to PHP will not require such regular or lengthy attendance.
After successfully completing inpatient or outpatient treatment for substance abuse it is wise to enroll in some type of aftercare programme if it is not already offered as part of your rehab programme.
This can involve continued group or individual therapy, strategies to help avoid relapse, drug screening and attendance at a 12 step programme. The length of time that aftercare is required is all dependent on the individual and their circumstances. Not committing to aftercare is very often the reason for patients relapsing. After all the hard work required to successfully beat your substance misuse don’t omit this necessary follow on.
A sober living household is exactly that. All the residents must stay drug and alcohol-free. This type of living can form the last step of rehab, particularly for those with long-standing substance misuse problems. Before becoming a resident keeping to certain rules will have to be agreed to. Remaining sober being the main one, being back in the premises by a certain time, random drug and alcohol screening, attending an educational establishment and holding down a job or making a concerted effort to secure one are other common requirements.
You know you are ready. You have armed yourself with knowledge of the rehab process from beginning to end. Now you have to make some decisions.
This is perhaps the hardest decision you will have to make, superseded only by your initial decision to take steps to sort out your drug habit. Where you rehab can have a major effect on your eventual success. Do you choose to attend an out of state facility or stay closer to home in a local rehab center? This all depends on your home and neighborhood environments.
If your social circle or family are drug or alcohol users to, an out of state facility is going to be a better fit, removing you from temptation, an environment that is loaded with ‘triggers’ for your habit.
If your family and friends form a close and supportive group that is solidly behind your decision to undergo rehab, staying closer to home, is staying connected to your support network.
Either choice has its downside. Going out of state and severing your local connections is seen as having a greater chance of a successful rehab. Bear in mind, unless you plan on staying away from home permanently you have to come back and face all those life scenarios you left behind.
Going local without a solid support network can radically increase your chances of relapsing.
Your Full Engagement
Fully engaging with your support providers from the first moment of contact is of the utmost importance. A good service provider will require a strong unwavering commitment to your treatment programme.
Are you ready?
Rehab is not just ceasing to use the drugs or alcohol that you habitually consume. Examining the choices you make, the people you spend your time with, the area that you live: close scrutiny of many aspects of your life and the courage to change what needs changing is where a rehab without relapse is to be found.
Substance abuse destroys lives, not only your own, often those close to you are as badly affected. It takes great courage to admit you have a substance abuse problem, in many cases the abuser is the last person to realize this. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to take that first step. Help is waiting. The road to recovery is not an easy one, but a new life awaits you when you reach the end of the rehab journey. Good Luck.