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If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, know that you’re not alone. Addiction can happen to anyone, and recovery is possible. It is very important for your loved one to find help, but it’s also very important that you and your family find help, too. Whether you’re exploring funding options for addiction treatment or trying to help a loved one through a difficult time, there are many resources that exist to support you and your family.
Addiction Self-Help Groups
Self-help groups, also known as mutual aid or support groups, are groups of people who provide mutual support for one another. They can make formal treatment more effective and can also become an ongoing source of support for when formal treatment ends, helping individuals maintain their recovery.
The most commonly known self-help groups are Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA). However, there are many self-help groups available. Local meeting information for AA and NA can be found on their websites.
Other support groups with local chapters include:
- SMART Recovery: a four-point program that helps people recover from addictive behaviors by teaching them how to change self-defeating thinking, emotions and actions.
- Dual Recovery Anonymous: a program that works with those who have a chemical addiction and who also are affected by an emotional or psychiatric illness.
- Addictions Victorious: a Christian support group in which people help others battling addiction with with the word of God.
- Celebrate Recovery: a biblical and balance-based program that helps people overcome “hurts, hang-ups and habits.”
Support for Families
Individual or family counseling is one way to process and work through underlying issues of addiction. Self-help groups are also available for family members. Al-Anon and Nar-Anon are national groups that parallel AA and NA.
- Al-Anon is a place for family members and friends to find support when they have someone in their life who has a problem with alcohol.
- Nar-Anon is a 12-step program for family and friends of someone struggling with addiction.
- Adult Children of Alcoholics is a 12-step, 12-tradition program for people who grew up in alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a national organization whose goal is to better the lives of those affected by a mental illness.
South Jersey also has several local support groups for families:
- City of Angels is an organization that provides resources for people in recovery or seeking recovery and families of those suffering with addiction.
- Parent to Parent is an organization offering support to families with children experiencing drug and alcohol addiction.
Addiction Services Funding
People with addiction come from all backgrounds, socio-economic groups and walks of life, but treating addiction is always an investment in your future. Besides insurance coverage, funding and grants are also available to many individuals facing out-of-pocket costs for addiction services.
Medicaid is an option for those who don’t have insurance but who wish to pursue treatment. If you do not have insurance, you may qualify for Medicaid. Find out more by contacting NJ Family Care at (800) 701-0710.
State and County Funding
Regardless of your insurance or Medicaid status, county-funded programs offered by the state of New Jersey could be a potential solution. These programs include detox, outpatient and inpatient treatment. To learn more, call your county administrator to see what funds are available and how to access them.
- Atlantic County: (609) 645-5932
- Camden County: (856) 374-6361
- Cumberland County: (856) 451-3727
- Mercer County: (609) 989-6897
- Salem County: (856) 935-7510 ext. 8460
- Burlington County: (609) 265-5530
- Cape May County: (609) 465-4100 ext.241
- Gloucester County: (856) 384-6885
- Ocean County: (732) 341-9700 ext.7538