Our multidisciplinary team of caring professionals includes medical, psychiatric, and support staff. They treat the whole person, including your friends and family, so you can heal yourself and repair your relationships. Our inpatient program offers a medically-monitored, evidence-based therapeutic process and customized treatment plan.
New Jersey, or The Garden State as it’s affectionately known, is home to nearly 9 million residents. While New Jersey is the fourth smallest state in the country it’s the 11th most populated and also the most densely populated state in the nation. New Jersey, a peninsula, is situated in the Mid-Atlantic along the Atlantic coast, bordered by Pennsylvania and New York and boasts nearly 130 miles of coastline; from historic Asbury Park and Atlantic City to Victorian draped Cape May, New Jersey has some of the most popular and arguably most notable beach towns on the East Coast. New Jersey is also the third wealthiest state. NJ also boasts some of the nation’s most well known musicians calling it home. Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Whitney Houston, Paul Simon, and more have called the Garden State home.
However, there is a darker side to New Jersey too. Drugs and addiction. Cities such as Jersey City, Camden, Atlantic City, and Newark, have some of the highest rates of drug addiction in the nation with addiction to opiods, including heroin, leading the way. And if that weren’t enough reason for concern, New Jersey leads the nation with the highest rate of school students using drugs on school property. This is an alarming statistic indicating the problem will only continue to grow—unless something happens.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) the rate of death from heroin overdose in New Jersey grew from 97 annually in 2010 to a staggering 850 in 2016. During that same time period, the NIDA reports death from overdose of synthetic opiods in New Jersey to have grown from 35 deaths to 689 deaths annually. There’s no doubt that both New Jersey and our entire nation are in the grips of an opiod epidemic. The statistics are overwhelming, hard to comprehend, and only get worse every year. The NIDA reports that in the United States more than 115 people die from an opiod overdose a day. In New Jersey, drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death with overdoses from opiods at the top of the list.
Opiods are prescription painkillers prescribed by doctors to help manage pain. If used as prescribed they can be effective however, even when used as prescribed tolerance can develop leading to drug abuse and addiction. Heroin, a synthetic opiod, is more easy to obtain and cheaper to buy than prescription opiods. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that most heroin addictions begin with an addiction to a prescription painkiller. In 2015, 2 million Americans suffered from an opiod addiction and 33,000 died from an opiod overdose. In New Jersey alone, there have been nearly 6,000 deaths from overdose since just 2004.
Despite how dismal the picture may appear, there is hope and help for recovery from addiction to drugs including opiods. It has been reported that in New Jersey during the last decade the rate of admission to drug treatment centers or rehabs has increased by 700%. That’s a lot of people taking the first—and often most important—step towards living a life free from enslavement to addiction. If you or someone you love is struggling with abuse of drugs or alcohol, get help today. There are rehab centers offering both inpatient and outpatient services with staff who understand and care about your recovery. Although the statistics paint a bleak picture of drug abuse today, recovery for anyone who truly wants it is possible. New Jersey’s Facing Addiction Taskforce can help.
Notable Landmarks of New Jersey
Ellis Island National Monument
Gateway National Recreation Area in Monmouth County
Great Egg Harbor River
Morristown National Historical Park in Morristown
New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route
New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve
Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park
Pinnacle Treatment Centers facilities are CARF-accredited with decades of delivering positive, life-changing outcomes for patients, families, and communities. Our team of credentialed physicians, nurses, clinicians, and administrative and support staff provide a full continuum of quality care that includes detoxification for residential and outpatient clients as well as transitional living programs. We treat the individual’s physical, emotional, spiritual, and psychological well-being.Learn More