Kearny Town, New Jersey
In May of 2015, the State of New Jersey Department of Human Services: Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, prepared a comprehensive substance abuse overview. This overview contained facts and figures regarding statewide substance abuse treatment for 2014.
To wit: 65,553 treatment admissions, and 62,525 discharges were reported and incorporated in the report, which in part broke down the figures as follows: Admissions by county and primary drug, first-time patients by county and primary drug, and admissions by age group, gender, and primary drug.
Some interesting statistics: Heroin was by far the most-used substance in terms of treatment admissions at 24,059, representing 41% of all such admissions statewide. Alcohol followed, at 15,673 admissions (27%). From there, in descending order were: Marijuana at 9,372 (16%), “Other Opiates” at 4,594 (8%), Cocaine at 3,317 (6%), and “Other Drugs” at 1,848 (3%). 19,708 of all admitted users, or 30%, admitted to being intravenous drug users. Males accounted for 44,292 of the state’s admissions, or 68%. $21,206 of the total admissions were women. Caucasian admissions were 39,884, African American admissions were 14,729, Hispanic admissions were 9,965, and “Other” was listed as 975.
Not much has changed in the intervening years.
Kearny Town (frequently Kearny) is a suburb of Newark located in Hudson County. Hudson County proper, as elucidated in the aforementioned report, accounted for 1171 admissions for Marijuana, 1053 admissions for Heroin, 759 admissions for Alcohol, 201 for Cocaine, including Crack, 117 admissions for “Other Opiates,” and 552 admissions for “Other Drugs” and “Unknown” combined.
For perspective’s sake, Kearny Town’s population, as of December of 2017, is estimated at just under 42,000. The small town is perhaps best known for being one of the settings of the classic television drama, The Sopranos, and it assumes an area of just 10.193 square miles. Kearny is bordered by three cities: East Newark, Bergen County’s North Arlington, and Harrison. The Passaic River divides Kearny from the Essex County cities of Belleville and Newark. Jersey City is set off from Kearny by the Hackensack River.
Median income is quite high as compared with many similar-sized U.S. Cities, at over $60,000 for homes without a family, and nearly $70,000 for those with. Males earn 15%, on average, more than females for the same job. Approximately 11% of the residents are said to be under the poverty line.
Some Kearny residents enjoy living in an Urban Enterprise Zone, one of 27 such zones in New Jersey. Only some of Kearny is part of Jersey’s UEZ, however, which offers various incentives that encourage employment. Such incentives include, for shoppers, a reduced 3.315% sales tax rate at eligible merchants, as compared to the present 6.625% statewide rate. The UEZ was established in 1992, and expires in 2013, having so far earned over $27 million for the city.
Kearny is governed via a Mayor, and an eight-member Town Council, of whose members are elected by voters to four-year terms. The Mayor and Town Council share legislative duties, with the Mayor having the sole veto power. The Mayor of Kearny is Presently Al Santos, who has assumed the position since January 1, 2000. The town is highly Democratic in its political leanings.
Like so many other New Jersey towns, to travel from city to city, or county to county, often requires a car, a bus, or a rail. The land in Jersey is fairly spread out, with each city having a personality of its own. There is no “metropolitan Jersey” to speak of, but transportation to New York City is readily available. DTOs operate their businesses in most every Jersey City. Both New York and New Jersey are considered High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTAs) by the Department of Justice (DOJ). Drugs are readily available in both states, and Kearny follows Jersey trends by being particularly problematic when it comes to heroin.
Help is but a phone call away, and treatment centers are located in both Kearny and the surrounding Hudson County. Newark, the location of the state’s biggest airport (of the same name) is a hub for DTOs. As ever, when you contact a treatment center, please do your research first. The remainder of this article should be able to guide you in some appropriate directions.
To determine the extent and nature of one’s addiction, pre-intake questions may include the following: “How long have you been using?” “Do you believe you have a problem?” “Do you think others who know you believe you have a substance-related problem?” “Have others confronted you with questions related to substance abuse?” “Do you ever use alone?” “Have you ever substituted one drug for another, thinking one particular drug was the problem?” “Does the thought of running out of drugs terrify you?” “Have you ever been in a jail, a hospital, or a drug rehabilitation center because of your using?”
You can find pre-intake sample applications online. In this case, as with any other self-diagnostic tool, the questions as asked are exploratory only. You must speak to a trained and licensed professional for any true diagnosis. Still, such online tools such as a pre-intake questionnaire can be extremely useful. If you can honestly answer those questions, you may be validated, or you may dislike your responses. If you were drawn to the tool, likely both will apply. Regardless, consider your results, and then take necessary action.
There are pros and cons with online resources such as these, particularly when it comes to completely basing your treatment decisions on your own responses. That would be a negative, as remember, such questions are guidelines only without a trained professional to analyze your answers. Regardless of whether such questions are based on true-life examples of treatment center queries (they usually are), you may not be the best arbiter of your responses. Most especially if you are under the influence of any drug, or alcoholic drink. On the positive side, if you can be truthful with your answers, such online questions will certainly provide a glimpse into your condition, and the need for help.
Kudos to you for checking such online resources to begin with. That’s certainly a proactive start.
A quick note: Even if you don’t believe you are addicted, but are concerned that your usage is growing, help is out there. You do not have to be on the far side of addiction to reach out to various resources on The Recover. In the same spirit, if you are drawn to use, but have not yet, The Recover provides resources available to you as well. It is never too early, nor is it ever too late. These are tools that have been formed for reason, and they are there for you.
Many addicts, or users with a problem whose usage is not yet defined as an addiction, make the mistake of not taking the first step towards sobriety as it regards intake. If you need help in making an informed decision as to what treatment method is right for you, we cannot encourage you strongly enough to, again, speak to family and/or friends who have been there before. Sometimes, a user has a difficult time making such decisions with a clear head.
And once more, if you know of no one who has been through these issues before, please contact one of the centers as listed on this page.
Also, we encourage you to ask yourself a few questions: 1) What is holding you back from getting help? 2) Do you believe you have a support system? If so, do you feel comfortable contacting them and speaking about your problem? If not, would you feel more comfortable contacting a professional? And 4) Do you believe you are capable of making an informed decision as to your treatment? If yes, you are well-advised to take advantage of one or more of the resources here. If no, you are strongly advised to contact one of the phone numbers listed here, and discuss your reservations.
Again, they are there to help.
During the intake application process, you will be required to list your prescription medications and days and times taken (if “none,” you check “none”), an authorization of medical care, a list of allergies or other medical issues, and a waiver of responsibility. Some applications ask more. A physician or treatment center representative will then review your application for the proper steps, and treatment.
If you have come this far, kudos to you. You have taken a major step towards reclaiming your life, and your potential.
The concept and practice of detox is typically broken down into three distinct phases: Evaluation, Stabilization, and Transition to Inpatient Drug Rehab.
Evaluation: As overseen by a doctor, who will determine what drugs are presently being used, how long has the patient been using, and how much and how frequently the patient uses.
Stabilization: As expounded on the site, stabilization differs patient to patient, based on specific substance being abused. This is the end result of the withdrawal phase.
Transition to Inpatient Drug Rehab: Many addicts believe that once they complete withdrawal, they are finished with their treatment. That is a dangerous belief, as withdrawal only releases the immediate physical hold of the substance.
Communication is key. Some users are resistant to treatment, most especially when in a treatment center against their will. In this instance, your communication with your specialists will be at risk. Remember, they are there to help you. You have the freedom to ask questions, and the right to receive answers.
That is one of the benefits of treatment, a better understanding of your illness.
Inpatient Treatment Resources
Inpatient treatment is frequently misunderstood, as there are several options available to the user under that umbrella title. Many people believe the term to refer to only hospital treatment. Or, only highly-restrictive treatment. In reality, it is neither.
Inpatient treatment can either be PHP (a partial hospitalization providing a highly-structured environment, with typically active treatment of 30 hours per week), the less-intensive IOP (intensive outpatient treatment plan, which requires up to three hours daily over 3-5 days, for a total of nine hours weekly; therapy is usually included, but the patient can live either at their own home or a halfway house during the process), and an RTC (residential).
Though you may be the best determinant of the degree of inpatient recovery resources best suited to your needs, frequently one may need the help of family or friends to help you more clearly identify the treatment options that are most prudent for your needs. From there, only your personal commitment will determine your success.
PHPs and RTCs are amazing resources for those with more severe or difficult abuse issues. Both options are highly-structured, especially the former. The importance of structure cannot be understated. You will have a time for medicinal treatment, a time for personal or group therapy, a time to rest, a time for activities …
Frequently, a user has little structure outside of the treatment center. The user is more interested in the high than by scheduling their day via their clock. The structure of PHP treatment, particularly, may be a challenge for some. But, if you allow the treatment to take its course, the end-result can exceed your most optimistic hopes.
So ask yourself: “Do I do well in a structured environment?” “Am I functional in a structured environment, or will I have a better chance to succeed with something less restrictive? As ever, a user if not always the best determinant as to treatment. If a user is high while making the decision, that will be in no one’s best interests. It’s time to commit, with as free a sense of mind as possible.
We will talk more about the level of commitment in a moment or you can give us a call and we can help you determine it for yourself.
Outpatient Treatment Resources
Outpatient treatment is a comprehensive approach to wellness, and no less impactful than inpatient services. Please research the importance of outpatient treatment resources on The Recover, or speak to loved ones who have been through the process. Recovery is an ongoing process, which requires a substantive lifestyle change to avoid the ever-present threat of a relapse.
Let’s discuss a bit further. Outpatient treatment allows the patient a certain level of responsibility to remain clean while outside of the treatment center. You will face temptations but will have also learned specific strategies as to how to deal with them. It is up to you to take advantage of those lessons. There is a certain degree of trust on the part of the outpatient treatment administrators that the user will remain clean, and at the same time outpatient treatment allows for the user to remain productive on the outside while still receiving help. If you work, you can schedule your outpatient appointments or check-ins after hours.
One very important point, though, under this or any treatment circumstance: The entirely of your treatment is a commitment. Outpatient or not, if you miss one appointment you will likely miss another. That is a recipe for failure. What you allow, you encourage.
Never allow an excuse to fail. More precisely, let’s say it as it is: There are countless reasons why one would fail, in this or any other environment. Laziness, rigidity, intimidation …
There are fewer reasons to succeed: Yourself, first of all, then your loved ones (your collective of family and friends). Which means more to you? The pain of the commitment to get well, or the pleasure of using? If you answer the latter question as your affirmative, consider those loved ones who care about you, and worry about you.
On that note, let us elaborate upon the concept of commitment for a moment. Some users resent the term, thinking many of those who do not use, or who are not otherwise plagued by addiction, tend to believe commitment is that much easier than it truly is. How can a user commit to anything at all, one may ask, much less treatment if said user is overwhelmed by their addiction?
It is very difficult. Really, it is. But you can do this. You can reclaim your life, as none of us are defined by our addictions.
Aftercare and Sober Living Resources
Not all sober houses or aftercare facilities are created equal. However, you will frequently be surrounded by others in a supportive and understanding environment, others who have undergone similar difficulties. Sober houses most frequently prove to the addict – which as you see here is a message on repeat – that you are not alone.
There have been several popular television shows on various networks over the last decade that have dramatized the sober living experience. We suggest that you watch with caution, as several of these shows contain scripted elements that do not necessarily give a positive view of what could be a positive experience.
We’ve seen users looking forward to attending sober houses for all the wrong reasons. The sober house experience is an often integral part of your overall treatment. But, it can be as abused as the substances for which you have been admitted.
You will live among others in a place away from your home. A sober care facility will actually be your new home until you leave. Others can influence you, so be careful. Sober living can be a hugely beneficial and beautiful experience, but you must remember, you are still in treatment.
Give Us A Call
Kearny has been highly proactive in its efforts to curb its drug issues, and its economy is strong. However, according to www.drugabuse.gov, the largest current apprehension is that heroin usage and the general epidemic of opiates will evolve. This is a statewide issue. The fear relates to a growing availability through the state’s DTOs, and a perception of increasing affordability.
Heroin is Kearny’s greatest issue as it regards illicit substance use, and the drug’s popularity in the Hudson River town shows no sign of abating.
But, as ever, help is always out there. Many centers will accept insurance and some accept Medicaid and Medicare, or cash. You can always call us for rehabs with financial assistance options and we have access to top treatment centers.
True recovery begins with the acknowledgment that you have an issue, and then seeking help for that issue.