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Substance Use Disorder Information and Resources

Substance Use Disorder - A Chronic Disease

Substance use disorder is a chronic disease, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive substance seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the individual and to those around him or her. Although the initial decision to take substances is voluntary for most people, the brain changes that occur over time challenge the person's self-control and hamper his or her ability to resist intense impulses to take substances. 

Similar to other chronic, relapsing diseases, such as diabetes, asthma, or heart disease, substance use disorder can be managed successfully. And, as with other chronic diseases, it is not uncommon for a person to relapse and begin using substances again. Relapse, however, does not signal treatment failure--rather, it indicates that treatment should be reinstated or adjusted or an alternative treatment is needed to help the individual regain control and recover. 

Family Resources

Family members of those with substance use disorder often find themselves walking a fine line. The best way to help your family member is to educate yourself about substance use disorder. Families can share and communicate with others who are going through similar experiences at community-based support groups, such as Al-Non, Nar-Anon, and Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACoA). Some families may also participate in one-on-one therapy sessions with a professional counselor. For more information, support and assistance, call NJ Connect for Recovery at 855-652-3737 from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm on weekdays, 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm on weekends, and 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm on holidays. Learn more about supporting your child through prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery at the Family Resource Center

Opioid Epidemic

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 130 Americans die each day from opioid overdose. The opioid overdose epidemic began in the 1990s and refers to the variety of behaviors and events related to the abuse of prescription painkillers and/or opium-derived illicit substances. Find out more information on the opioid epidemic and opioid use disorder here. Find an opioid detoxification program in your area. 

Substance Use Prevention

Substance use disorder can be prevented through screening and early interventionWarning signs in teens can include:

  • alcohol, smoke or other chemical odors on your child’s or their friends’ breath or clothing,
  • obvious intoxication, dizziness or bizarre behavior
  • changes in choice of friends Frequent arguments
  • sudden mood changes and unexplained violent actions
  • changes in eating and sleeping patterns
  • loss of interest in usual activities or hobbies

 Find more information on teen substance use prevention.

Adults can also be at risk of substance use disorder as they cope with the stress of big life events or fiancial pressures. Find more infromation on the prevention of adult sustance use

Find substance use disorder education and prevention in your area. 

Treatment Options

There are many treatment options available for people struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol. These include inpatient and outpatient rehab, ongoing support groups and multiple kinds of various therapies. Find out more information by calling the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Helpline at 1-800-662-4357 os use their treatment services locator

Find step-by-step guides on helping yourself or someone who has substance use disorder. To find the right treatment, take a look at the Guide to Finding Quality Treatment. Search the complete listing of substance use disorder treatment programs near you. Also, individuals can find information about comprehensive outpatient substance use disorder treatment or substance use disorder day treatment

Inpatient Substance Use Disorder Treatment

Inpatient rehab centers provide an array of benefits to individuals in recovery, including 24-hour medical care, emotional support and freedom from outside triggers. Find inpatient substance use disorder treatment facilities

Relapse Prevention

Preventing an alcohol or drug relapse is more than just saying "no" in the face of temptation. Prevention needs to start early and before temptation presents itself. In fact, a comprehensive relapse prevention plan accounts for social interactions, emotional triggers, and the development of positive coping mechanisms. 

Recovery is a difficult time for everyone that is involved. Here is information to create a relapse prevention plan and detect early warning signs to assist you on your recovery journey. Attending substance use disorder counseling can also help prevent relapse. 

Substance Use Disorder Support Groups

Support groups provide a space for individuals with similar experiences to share their personal stories and express emotions while finding encouragement and understanding. Find substance use disorder support groups.  

Recovery Housing and Programs

Recovery housing programs are supportive communities designed for those who have recently received treatment for substance use disorder. These communities provide individuals with a safe and healthy environment to learn how to sustain long-term recovery. Find recovery housing in your area. 

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