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.
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.
Advanced Health and Education