Heroin addiction in New Jersey Killing Young People / Addiction Treatment Gives Life
A review of opiate addiction and overdose statistics reveals that the state of New Jersey (and our entire nation) is in serious trouble, and addiction treatment is clearly necessary to change these horrifying numbers. Often well-intentioned efforts fall short, as we’ve learned that making it more difficult to access drugs has done little, if anything, to reduce addiction. As doctors and pharmacists have repeatedly tried to reduce prescription opiate abuse, addicts have taken a deadly, cheaper route: heroin. According to the Asbury Park Press, 45% of heroin users report they were also addicted to painkillers at some point and the CDC reports that there has been a 109% increase in adults aged 18-25 suffering from opiate addiction.
New Jersey’s overdose numbers are 3.5% higher than the national average, even with the use of Narcan to assist in reviving people who have overdosed. Addiction treatment aims to reduce that number by providing valuable recovery resources to addicts, rather than creating complex laws and provisions that continue to be circumvented. At Surfside Structured Sober Living, we provide men with an intensive, structured sober living environment that encourages recovering addicts to take serious action in rebuilding their lives. While we are supportive of procedures that may eliminate overdose deaths, we are also eager to assist addicts in achieving permanent recovery — an effort that can reduce the deaths that happen when an addict relapses. The statistics right now are troubling and scary, but when an addict utilizes addiction treatment, followed by transitioning into a structured sober living home, we can create a beautiful success story.
If you or someone you love is battling an addiction, please reach out to the knowledgeable staff at Surfside Structured Sober Living to learn about addiction treatment options in New Jersey. Call us at 609-709-4205 and check out our website at StructuredSoberLiving.com. We are also constantly chatting about addiction and recovery on our Twitter, @SurfsideSSL.