North Plainfield, New Jersey
North Plainfield, New Jersey, is a borough of Somerset County with a population of just under 23,000. Somerset has been hit particularly hard by substance abuse issues, as is elucidated in the June, 2107 report by the Department of Human Services: Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (Office of Planning, Research, Evaluation and Prevention). Said report presented abuse statistics for the 2016 calendar year.
To wit: 76,509 treatment admissions were reported to the Jersey DHS, as were 74,291 discharges. 828 Somerset County residents were admitted for issues related to alcohol, representing 41% of all admissions. Heroin was responsible for 663 treatment admissions, or 33%. Marijuana-related issues accounted for 272 admissions, or 13%. 127 residents were admitted for “Other Opiates, or 6%,” 62 for Cocaine (3%), and 87 for “Other Drugs” (4%).
In terms of level of care: 866 residents completed Outpatient Care (OP), 466 completed Intensive Outpatient Care (IOP), 75 completed Partial Hospitalization, 135 completed Opioid Maintenance (OP), 44 completed IOP Opioid Maintenance, 98 attended a Halfway House, 65 attended a Long-Term Residence, 72 a short-term residence, only 2 stayed in a Hospital-Based Residence, 176 had partaken in a Detox Residential Treatment Plan, 30 for a Detox Outpatient Non-Methadone program, and 17 had partaken in an intervention.
1,099 Somerset residents were treated in Somerset, or 54% of all admissions.
North Plainfield’s area is 2.807 square miles, with 2.794 square miles of that number as land, the rest water. The borough’s elevation is 72 feet. Racial makeup is 55% Caucasian, 19% African American, 6% Asian, with the rest listed as “Other Races.” “Hispanic or Latino of Any Race” comprise nearly 45% of the borough’s population. The median household income is among the highest of any of New Jersey’s smaller areas: nearly $70,000 for households without a family, and nearly $75,000 with a family.
New Jersey Transit provides bus service to Newark, and also New York City. A car is needed, or at the very least recommended, to travel on the main roads. New Jersey is a HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) region, as is metropolitan New York. As such, many North Plainfield residents will travel to the higher-trafficked areas of Newark or New York to purchase their illicit drugs.
As with many other areas in the country, medical marijuana is an issue, particularly as it regards young people attempting to attain prescriptions from local doctors. A similar issue arises with opiates, and an over-prescription rate thereof. In terms of the former, so-called Alternative Treatment Centers (ARCs) abound in the county. As a result of a 2016 amendment to law P.L.2009, c.307, ATCs are no longer limited in the number of strains of medicinal marijuana cultivated. Various Compassion Centers have utilized the amendment – and the PR value of its wording – to increase their business.
Alcohol admissions are well above the state average, and heroin is within the epidemic range that has plagued much of the state for the past several years.
Remember, regardless of your personal substance abuse issue, help is out there. If you can, do your research to find the treatment program, and center, that is right for you. If you cannot, and you need help now, the following sections will list some resources that are always available to you.
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 us at (888) 510-3898, and discuss your reservations.
We are here 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, congratulations 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.
That is one of the benefits of treatment, a better understanding of your illness.
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). Check out the differences between Inpatient vs. Outpatient.
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…
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.
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.
But you can do this. You can reclaim your life, as none of us are defined by our addictions.
Aftercare and Sober Living
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 and should be a positive experience.
Sober living can be a hugely beneficial and beautiful experience, but you must remember, you are still in treatment.
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New Jersey is a HITDA region and a particularly strong drug trafficking stronghold, especially when it comes opiates. Somerset County’s North Plainfield Borough is very strong in alcohol, pot, and heroin use. Prescription opiate usage continues to substantially grow and evolve in the area.
The incontrovertible truth of the addict is such that most any drug can be had for a price. Whatever one needs, or craves … or wants, an addict will find. As mentioned earlier, help is a phone call or treatment center visit away. Always do your own research to find what is best for you, and use the above resource listings as a base. Some of our centers will accept Medicaid and Medicare, or cash. Many will also work with you in terms of financial assistance. Do your diligence by picking up the phone to call us for help. We can find you the treatment you are looking for.
As ever, true recovery begins with the acknowledgment that you have an issue, and then seeking help for that issue. If you do not find the answers you are looking for, please feel free to drop us a line and tell us how we can help.