“The War On Addiction” Part 1

In 2013, there were 741 heroin-related deaths in New Jersey. In 2014, there were 781 the numbers continue to climb, and the sad part is the majority of these deaths are young adults and teens.  Heroin does not discriminate, and although this problem is widespread throughout the United States, New Jersey is ranked the highest according to CDC, New Jersey department of criminal justice. They say heroin is coming into Elizabeth and Newark ports at an alarming rate. Something needs to happen “QUICKLY” and it isn’t happening quick enough.

This blog is a two-part series in hopes of helping families in some way. Below is an interview I did with Ryan Quigley, a recovering addict who is trying to make a difference in the community. He gives back by coaching young adults into sobriety and works at Advanced Health and Education as outreach coordinator. He offers resources at the bottom of the blog for those looking for treatment centers for their loved ones. I realize that this topic is very sensitive, and my intention for this series is to help families overcome this epidemic. Please don’t hesitate to comment below and share your story. Your story may help save the life of someone else.

It is so easy for a parent to overlook the signs of their child’s drug abuse, but signs are there if we know what to look for. This video is very telling, and powerful a must see for anyone with any questions.





Family support

Ryan Quigley’s advice~

Advanced Health & Education- this is my place, we have a sister program down in Florida as well. Most private insurance is accepted. 30-45 residential program with options to continue in IOP sober living program.

Sunrise Detox- Private insurance, one of two best options for just detox that we work with.

Serenity at Summit- The other best detox.

Carrier Clinic- Carrier has a plethora of programs on the same campus. Take Private insurance, and will work with non-private insurance case by case. They also do work with adolescents.

Lighthouse at Mays Landing- Good overall program, they have the best adolescent program in the state(opinion). For adults, most insurances are accepted.

Princeton House- this is a go to for state insurance for detox. However, the number of days for treatment will not be too long.

New Hope- always a waiting list but it’s definitely a place for state insurance. Mixed reviews on it. I think they do good work for what they have to work with from the state.

Bergen Regional- Detox for state insurance

Maryville- a very good place for limited resources or no insurance. It’s a case by case thing though and caters more to court-ordered stay.

Turning Point, and Straight and Narrow, are programs for a let’s say rougher crowd. They do good work though with what they have.

The other two programs similar to ours in NJ would be Footprints and Ambrosia. I have friends from both places, and they do great work as well for private insurance people.

Once again, for all of these programs it is just a short description and there are more programs out there. This is just a general list of where a majority of places I would personally send people to.

Ryan Quigley

Outreach Coordinator

Advanced Health and Education





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  1. Excellent topic Dawn. I, as you know, am a father of an addict in recovery. I firmly believe that if we had an aggressive, age appropriate. awareness program in schools starting at the young of say 6th grade, we could do a lot to empower these young adults to make better decisions when faced with this terrible disease. I say disease, because once they try these drugs, they become almost powerless to stop themselves from continuing, making it a sickness beyond their control. These numbers of deaths in young adults is staggering compared to what they used to be. It can happen to any child of any stature, it is non denominational! We, as families, have to prepare for the war on drugs coming into our homes. Heroin is the most pure form in this state of NJ. Please talk to your school administrators to get the ball rolling on a fact based, in your face, real life awareness program. Loved the interview, glad to have read it. I have dealt with my daughter’s addiction for over 7 years and it never gets easier, the thought of a relapse is always there. God Bless!

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    • Thanks, Tony, you are so right about early education. These DARE programs in our school systems simply aren’t working. They need personal testimony from recovering addicts sharing their experiences. You pulled together a great program in New Jersey at one time and we need more programs like it. Thanks so much for sharing and I’m so grateful your daughter is doing so well. Continued blessings and please say hi to the family from us~Dawn


  2. Great interview Dawn. It was very enlightening and hopeful to hear that as a nation we are starting to address not only the War on Drugs, but the War on Addiction. This is a terrifying epidemic that must be taken seriously. As a parent of an addict in recovery, I can say you must never give up the hope for that person. It may take several admissions into rehabs, or it may take one. From experience, getting help for yourself and all involved is crucial, education on this drug and the signs of use is so important. Support for yourself is essential , so you can be ready to deal with this recovery process. I always say to other parents, this addiction did not start over-night and recovery is not going to happen over-night. It is a process. It not only takes commitment from the addict, but also all that are in that persons life. Denial for the parent and the addict play a huge part in addiction. I know as a parent you do not want to believe your child could be doing such a horrifying drug. You do not want to believe your child could be stealing. As a parent you do not want to think your child can put a needle into their veins. You must realize this is not your child, they have been altered and manipulated by this aggressive terrible addiction… their thinking, their entire being is under the control this very dangerous drug. Thank you so much for opening this topic Dawn, and your devotion. You and all are in my prayers..In hopes to hear many good things to come. Love you !!

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  3. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Why do we think people seek such extreme escape? What void are they filling, what pain are they relieving? When did their otherwise inescapable pain set in? Who were their role models and most impacted their choices? Where is God in their life?
    Every heroin addicted person I have ever known, living and dead, had a source to the trigger of their addiction/downfall, some really difficult life event, loss, abuse or circumstance. Every single one suffered deeply long before they introduced this dreadful drug to their soul. I hear often that people don’t just wake up one day and say, “I am going to be a heroin addict or a drunk”. No, so let’s go a little deeper. They likely suffered years of anguish and torment spiritually and/or mentally and/or emotionally before they felt lucky enough to try the drug that they found escape/peace/heaven with. It is a blessing to a tormented soul, not a curse.
    I don’t know anyone who, if, bound by chains to a hell they lived in alone, suffering daily torture, but didn’t create it, wouldn’t want to be drunk, high, or escape any way possible. Hell yes we all would!
    If heroin is so awful, why do so many people use it…? Because what they are running from is much worse. It’s deeper than the surface. We scratch the surface but dig no deeper and that is where the real denial is. And that’s why “it”- the cause and the effect- goes on for generations, because we never really want to deal with “it”.

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    • Thanks for sharing Karyn. Wouldn’t it be nice if all denominations came together during this time of crisis to aid our frail communities to find solutions? We need to do more to stop children from dying. We need to ask questions and push people to think and move to make a change happen.


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