Addiction Policy Forum Launches Statewide Resource to Address the Opioid Crisis in New Jersey
Confidential phone line staffed by addiction counselors and online portal with lifesaving resources now available for New Jersey residents impacted by substance use disorder
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The Addiction Policy Forum, a leading nonprofit tackling the opioid crisis, has launched its Addiction Resource Center (ARC) for people across New Jersey who are struggling with substance use disorders, as well as their loved ones. In 2016, the state saw more than 2,000 deaths from drug overdoses, and opioids accounted for nearly 70 percent of those fatalities. The Addiction Resource Center offers two ways to find lifesaving help: a confidential phone line that can be reached by dialing 1-833-301-HELP (4357), and an online portal that can be accessed at www.addictionresourcecenter.org.
“Thousands of New Jersey families have been affected by the opioid crisis. By offering faster and easier ways to find vetted local services through the ARC, we hope to see this number decrease as more patients and families access the help they need,” said Jessica Hulsey Nickel, president and CEO of the Addiction Policy Forum.
By calling 1-833-301-HELP (4357), New Jersey residents impacted by substance use disorders will receive confidential and compassionate support, information about local treatment or recovery resources, and education about substance use and addiction. The ARC phone line is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.
Addiction counselors, licensed clinicians and peer recovery support advocates staff the ARC line and can provide callers with substance use disorder–related information, education on treatment options, and support from peers who have experienced addiction in their lives.
The Addiction Resource Center website is a comprehensive, interactive portal that helps individuals and families struggling with addiction learn about substance use disorders and access help. The ARC features a unique database of carefully vetted local treatment providers, including information about the treatment types, accepted payment methods, available medications and patient groups for each facility—information that is often difficult for people to find on their own. The site dispels harmful myths about addiction by presenting the science behind the disorder in easy-to-read formats, guiding concerned individuals through a self-assessment tool and helping them develop a proposed action plan.
“Finding trusted resources and support is a barrier to treatment for far too many individuals and families grappling with substance use disorders,” said Bob Catalano, co-chair of APF’s New Jersey State Chapter and executive director of the Recovery Force of Atlantic County. “The ARC will give people across New Jersey new ways to access help when they need it most.”
APF, which has chapters in 20 states and a national office in Washington, D.C., plans to continue adding state-specific resources to its database throughout 2018. In addition to addressing addiction through community resources, APF is committed to effecting policy change at the local, state and national levels and raising awareness of the nationwide addiction crisis.
About Addiction Policy Forum
The Addiction Policy Forum is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 2015 as a diverse partnership of organizations, policymakers and stakeholders committed to working together to elevate awareness around addiction, and to improve programs and policy through a comprehensive response that includes prevention, treatment, recovery and criminal justice reform. Jessica Hulsey Nickel, whose own family was devastated by addiction, is the founder of a coalition of 1,700 families impacted by substance use disorders and is available for further explanation and interviews by media.
More information on our mission and projects is available at http://addictionpolicy.org.