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Dover Township, New Jersey

Dover Town, New Jersey is extremely close to New York City. Being about 30 miles away, it is a city of about 18,252 people. About 70% of the population is Hispanic and the average income is $59,645 per year. There is 10.3% of the population that are below the poverty line however. Dover Town is located in Morris County and the average age of citizens here is 36. Morris County is one of the wealthiest counties in America. Dover Town has gotten some bad publicity when it comes to drugs and alcohol. At one point, it was called a town that no one should visit by popular tourist websites. The drug and crime rates are to blame for this bad publicity. Many of the citizens of Dover Town believe that the crime rate has risen because of all of the drugs that are being trafficked in and out from New York City.

Top Drugs In Dover Town

The most popular drugs of choice in Dover Town are the following:

·         Heroin

·         Cocaine

·         Alcohol

·         LSD

·         Marijuana

·         Opioids

Laws In New Jersey

The laws in New Jersey are pretty strict if you are caught with drugs. Although medical marijuana is legal in the state, there is still a heavy penalty if you are not a registered user. For possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, you will serve up to 6 months in prison, up to $1,000 fine, loss of license, and drug rehabilitation is mandatory.

If you are found with narcotics or controlled substances, you may serve 3 to 5 years in prison with fines from $1,000 to $25,000, loss of license, and mandatory drug education and rehabilitation.

Possession of unauthorized prescription drugs can get you penalties for up to 5 years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines.

If you are caught with heroin, the minimum fine is $1,000 and up to one year in jail. Fines for heroin possession will double each time that you are arrested. Even a small amount is considered a felony in Dover, NJ. If you are found trafficking heroin, you will spend about 25 years in prison. 

Marijuana Use in New Jersey

New Jersey is a medical marijuana state. That does not mean that each citizen can register and use it for recreational use. There are many stipulations when it comes to providing this service to those who are ill. There are about 362 doctors who are registered to help medical marijuana patients. To qualify as a patient, you must have at least a year relationship with your doctor. You must also have one of the following illnesses or disabilities:

·         Multiple sclerosis

·         Terminal cancer

·         Muscular dystrophy

·         Crohn’s disease

·         Inflammatory bowel disease

·         PTSD

·         Epilepsy

·         Glaucoma

·         AIDS/HIV

·         Skeletal muscular spasticity

Overdoses in New Jersey

There have been over 6,000 deaths in New Jersey due to overdoses in the state since 2004. The rate of heroin overdoses in New Jersey is about three times the average in the country. Drug overdoes is the leading cause of all deaths in the state. There is currently an opioid crisis that has brought quite a bit of crime and drug trafficking to Dover. Along with the opioid crisis, there is also a rise in alcoholism in the Dover. This is why it is imperative that if you are having substance abuse problems, you should seek the help of the professionals.

Beginning Treatment

Assessment Process

Screening: The screening of a potential patient is important because it gives the treatment center an idea of how mild or severe the addiction is. This screening is also a way to help determine the best type of treatment for the patient.

Aims of Assessment

There are many goals or aims of treatment center assessments. One of them is to assess the degree of your dependency on drugs or alcohol. This is a way for the staff to determine if you need medication to keep from relapsing or help with your withdrawal symptoms. Some substances have more severe withdrawal symptoms are the patients may need medical attention to help cope with them.

Another aim of your assessment is to help identify any medical problems that you may have due to substance abuse. The doctors on staff will be able to learn more about your health after a few basic tests. This is another way that they can decide if you need to be on medication during your treatment.

Your treatment center will also look at your social situation. Is it safe where you live? Do you have a job? Are you in a relationship that is filled with domestic violence? All of these questions can be answered during your assessment and are a bug part of your treatment.

Your treatment center will also aim to help assess any risk behaviors or drug seeking behaviors. The medical tests and questionnaires will help to give the staff an idea of how severe your addiction is along with looking to see if you are looking to get medication as part of a drug dependency.

Another aim of the assessment is to determine what expectations you have of the treatment center and your desire to change yourself and your substance abuse habit. They will also look into your drug and alcohol history so it is important to be as honest as possible during your initial assessment.

Pre-Intake Process

The pre-intake assessment will help the staff of the treatment center to determine the kind of help that you need. This will also help to customize the right plan for you. They will ask questions about your medical history, family medical history, your exercise and dietary habits, your caffeine, sugar, and alcohol intake, any past addictions, past hospitalizations, stressors or triggers, your living arrangements, your employment status, and if you are taking any over the counter medications.

The Intake Process: What To Expect

The intake process is the final step to getting into the treatment center. You will first speak to the admissions coordinator. This person will help get your basic information and what you expect from the treatment center. This is the final step to decide if this is truly the route you wish to go. They will also get a little more information about the treatment that you are seeking.

The next step is that you will do interviews with the counselors and fill out questionnaires. In these interviews, it is extremely important to be upfront and honest. The information that you share with them is all confidential and the more they know about your addiction, the better the help will be. They can help to devise the perfect plan for your recovery based on your answers.

Finally, you will meet with your therapist. This step does include an initial therapy session. Your therapist wants to learn about you and the things in your life. They will ask about what makes you the happiest, your family, your job, etc. This session is to get you both well acquainted before your treatment even begins. Your therapist is here to help you so be completely open with them. If you feel that your personality does not quite fit them or vice versa, you can always ask to try another therapist at the center. This is important because you want to feel comfortable with them in order to open up more to them.

Inpatient Treatment

Inpatient Care

Inpatient care is a type of treatment where you live at the facility. You will do everything here as you would at your own home. You will not be able to go to your job however. There may be small time frames when you can leave with members of the staff, but for the most part, you will stay at the facility.

Inpatient care generally lasts about 30 days, but some patients have stayed in their care for over a year. It simply depends on the severity of the addiction. There is a very high chance of rehab patients relapsing or being triggered by outside issues, so inpatient rehab is a great way to stay sober and in the care of doctors and therapists 24 hours a day. This type of care is very beneficial in that way.

The inpatient facilities are free of drugs and alcohol so you will not be tempted by any of the patients or staff members here. Your behavior is constantly monitored along with your health, so if the doctors see changes, they will be able to help you instantly.

Outpatient Treatment

What is outpatient care?

Outpatient facilities are designed for patients with mild addictions. You will have the freedom to work or go to school, as well as see your friends and family any time that you want. Outpatient programs work best for those who are extremely motivated to stop using on their own, but need a flexible way to do so.

You are required to check in when you are part of an outpatient program. The main focus of most of these programs is on therapy and counseling. These programs help with drug education and help to give you a huge network of people who support you.

Types of Outpatient Rehab

There are day programs that you can commit to for 5 to 7 days of the week for meetings and counseling. There is ongoing therapy, group counseling, and other types of therapy such as music therapy.

Intensive Outpatient Program is another type of outpatient treatment. This has defined milestones for you to follow to show the progress that you have been making in your treatment. These programs will work with your schedule so that you can still go to work and school as well as get your sobriety back on track.

Aftercare

Continuing Care

Many doctors and counselors believe that aftercare is the most important stage in your recovery. There are many changes that you will go through and your aftercare is important to help you through them. Aftercare helps to maintain your sobriety and can go on as long as your wish. By continuing on your path of sobriety, you can continue to go to meetings and counseling as long as you feel like you need it. Aftercare is important to keep you from relapsing or falling into the wrong crowd of people once again.

Sober Living Homes

For a lot of recovery addicts, it is important to have help once their treatment is over. Sober living homes are just once way to do so. There are homes set up for those who are not quite ready to go back into the real world. These homes will help to reacclimatize you into a routine of work and school. There is staff available 24 hours that can help if you feel like you may relapse or your thoughts are beginning to stray. Being around people who have gone through the same things that you have is very helpful too. As a recovery addict, you may begin to feel alone and depressed. These homes will make you feel that you do have people to turn to. There are sober living homes located all over the state of New Jersey and your treatment center will talk to you about them when you are finished with your treatment

Living a sober life is incredibly important to those of us who have battled drug and alcohol addiction. Finding a new lease on life is one of the best ways to start over. By finding the best drug treatment facility for you, you can find out how you can start feeling better and sober in a very short time. If battling addiction is something you have done before, let the doctors and counselors talk to you about a new plan of action for you. They can show the different routes you can take and one of them will be the one that could save your life and getting you back on the road to sobriety and happiness once again. 

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