Union County, New Jersey—home to Rahway—had about 1,300 residents admitted to substance abuse treatment for heroin during 2016. Another 1,101 were admitted for alcohol-related issues. There are various levels of care available in Union County, including outpatient care, intensive outpatient, outpatient opioid maintenance, and long-term and short-term residential care.1
If you’re struggling with drug or alcohol abuse, you might be wondering what level of care is best for you. Here are some of the most common types of care and the differences between them:2
- Detoxification: This is a period during which drugs or alcohol are cleared from the body. Detox helps manage the acute and possibly dangerous effects of stopping drugs. Detox does not address the behavioral, social, or psychological problems that are often found with addiction. Referral to a comprehensive drug or alcohol addiction program should follow detox. Follow-up treatment will help lead to lasting changes necessary for long-term recovery.
- Inpatient treatment: The patient lives at the facility for the duration of the program, which typically lasts anywhere between 30 and 90 days. You are separated from your using environment so that you can focus solely on recovery.
- Outpatient Treatment: Outpatient treatment is ideal for people who need to continue to work or attend school while participating in treatment, since you still live at home while in recovery. There are many types of outpatient treatments available and each varies widely in the approach and methods used.
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- Department of Human Services: Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services
Office of Planning, Research, Evaluation and Prevention. (2017). New Jersey Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment Substance Abuse Overview 2016 Union County.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018). Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition): Types of Treatment Programs.
Looking for Outpatient Treatment Centers in New Jersey? Outpatient treatment describes all addiction treatment that is not residential. Patients live at home while undergoing rehab.