Resources for Professionals

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, SAMHSA, is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. SAMHSA leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. The mission of SAMHSA is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities. SAMHSA provides funding to the states to support behavioral health treatment and services.

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The National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, NIAAA is part of the National Institute of Health. NIAAA’s mission is to educate the community about the effects of alcohol so knowledge can be used to improve prevention, treatment and diagnosis of alcohol-related problems. Additional research done by the NIAA includes programs in prevention, treatment, and health services.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIDA, is also part of the National Institute of Health (NIH). NIDA’s mission is to advance science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction and to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health. NIDA employs experts who have been influential in determining drug addiction as a disease of the brain which helps to increase understanding and minimize stigma.

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The Office of the New Jersey Coordinator of Addiction Response and Enforcement Strategies (NJ CARES) in the Department of Law and Public Safety (DLPS) partners with other agencies and organizations to identify and apply solutions to the opioid crisis and substance use disorders. NJ CARES encompasses many state departments to tackle the opioid crisis through regulation, enforcement, criminal prosecution and administrative action. NJ CARES has developed a series of programs, including but not limited to an electronic data-sharing network to exchange opioid-related data among state agencies and an online portal providing the public with real-time updates on overdose deaths and other addiction-related information. The data allows the public to be aware and understand how the opioid crisis is impacting New Jersey communities and allows the issues to be tracked and monitored.

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The New Jersey County Alcohol and Drug Directors are individuals, designated by each county authority, whose primary responsibility is to plan and direct services and programs for the care or treatment of individuals who are using alcohol or other drugs within their respective counties. County directors accomplish these actions by guiding the development and implementation of a four-year county comprehensive plan (CCP). The CCP states the county’s goals and objectives for both the maintenance and development of community prevention, early intervention, treatment, and recovery support services programs for the care or treatment of persons with a substance use disorder. Contact your county to reach your local Alcohol and Drug Director.

List of the New Jersey County Alcohol and Drug Directors

The NJ Medication Assisted Treatment - Centers of Excellence were established by the NJ Department of Human Services to increase access to medications and other services that successfully treat substance use disorders. The COEs achieve this goal by educating and mentoring providers, growing networks of MAT providers, and research. There are two COEs in NJ. The Northern COE at Rutgers NJ Medical School, and the Southern COE, at Cooper University Health Care/Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine.

Northern Region Northern New Jersey MAT Center of Excellence (

Southern Region Southern New Jersey MAT Center of Excellence (

The NJSAMS directory is a listing of substance use disorder treatment providers that includes inpatient and outpatient services, as well as lists providers that offer Medication Assisted Treatment and private practitioners who can assist individuals interested in obtaining these SUD medication services. The directory offers multiple search options to assist the public to obtain information regarding their desired treatment provider, including searching by provider name, level of care, and by available beds for the inpatient treatment service. If a consumer or family member is unsure of what type of service is needed, call ReachNJ for information or utilize the directory descriptions of the services and levels of care available through them by clicking on the “Learn More about Treatment” tab.

NJSAMS Treatment Directory

Medicaid provides coverage for substance use disorder treatment services and will completely cover the cost for most substance abuse treatment services for eligible individuals. The Affordable Care Act signed into law in 2010 decreased the number of uninsured Americans by allowing expanded eligibility for Medicaid or by providing affordable health insurance options through the federal health insurance Marketplace. With the ACA, NJ expanded Medicaid eligibility and offered a full array of behavioral health services to all people earning income below 133% Federal Poverty Level, including single adults or childless couples. For financial eligibility and to apply, please go to this link:

Learn About Medicaid Coverage

Three NJ regional Family Support Centers (FSC) provide free individualized and group peer to peer family support services for families whose loved ones suffer from a substance use disorder. FSCs offer direct family support, education, resources and advocacy in a safe and non-stigmatizing environment. The overall goal is to provide compassionate support to empower family members to have a better quality of life, improve their psychological health, reduce levels of stress, feel less isolated, and gain skills needed to cope with their loved one’s use. Families who receive FSC services also receive Naloxone Training and Kits to assist their loved ones at risk of opioid overdose. The services of the Regional Family Support Centers are 100% confidential. Family Support Coordinators are available via phone, test, email, and Zoom for one-on-one sessions and weekly virtual support groups. Here is the contact information for the Family Support Center that covers the counties in each region:

NJ Connect for Recovery is a free, confidential call line focused on helping families coping with substance use disorders connect to recovery resources through a dedicated staff of Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors, Family Peer Specialists and Public and Private Insurance Navigation Specialists. NJ Connect for Recovery provides real-time support and information including treatment options, ongoing support with follow-up calls, and referrals and access to educational programs and community resources.

Call 1-855-652-3737

New Jersey’s Regional Recovery Centers and Community Peer Recovery Centers (CPRC) provide peer support, information about substance use disorder treatment, recovery support services, and information about other community resources, in a supportive substance free environment. Most activities and services are led and driven by peers (i.e. individuals who have experienced substance use disorders and recovery, either directly or indirectly as a family member or friend). The Recovery Center offers social support and gives those in recovery a place where they feel that they belong, as well as a place where those in recovery can have the opportunity to give back to their community thereby fostering a sense of empowerment and independence.

  • Northern Region

    The Recovery Center at Eva’s Village
    16 Spring Street, Paterson, NJ 07501
    For more information, contact 973-754-6784
    Social Media: Facebook

  • Southern Region

    Living Proof Recovery Center
    (Center for Family Services)
    108 Somerdale Road, Voorhees
    For more information, contact: 856-216-7134
    Social Media: Facebook 

  • Atlantic County (2 CPRCs)John Brooks Recovery Centers

    All Roads Recovery Center (Atlantic City location) 
    1931 Bacharach Blvd, Atlantic City 
    For more information, contact: 609-345-2020 

    All Roads Recovery Center (Pleasantville location)
    610 Blackhorse pike, suite F15B 
    Pleasantville, NJ  08232 
    For more information, contact: 609-345-2020 
    Social Media: Facebook

  • Bergen County

    Bergen New Bridge Medical Center’s Recovery Center                            
    230 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Paramus, NJ  07652
    For more information, contact: 201-967-4000 ext. 5155

    Social Media: Facebook

  • Cumberland, Salem, Gloucester Counties

    Capital Recovery Center
    (Cumberland County Human Services)
    72 North Pearl Street
    Bridgeton, NJ  08302
    For more information, contact: 856-391-7449
    Social Media: Facebook   Instagram

  • Gloucester

    Center for Family Services
    CFS Living Proof Recovery Center at Rowan College of South Jersey Gloucester Campus
    1492 Tanyard Road, Sewell, NJ  08080
    For more information, contact: 856-394-3386
    Social Media: Facebook

  • Essex County

    Morris County Prevention is Key, Inc
    CARES- Center for Addiction Recovery, Education and Success
    332 58th Street, Newark NJ 07183
    For more information, contact: 973-625-1143, 24/7
    Social Media: Facebook
  • Morris County

    Morris County Prevention is Key, Inc
    CARES- Center for Addiction Recovery, Education and Success
    60 N. Sussex Street
    Dover, NJ  07801
    For more information, contact: 973-625-1143, 24/7
    Social Media: Facebook

  • Sussex County

    The Center for Prevention and Counseling
    Sussex County Recovery Community Center
    65 Newton Sparta Road, Newton, NJ 07860
    For more information, contact: 973-383-4787
    Social Media: Facebook

  • Union County Prevention Links

    The Rise Up Recovery Center
    121 Chestnut, Suite 104
    Roselle, NJ  07203
    For more information, contact: 732-381-4100
    Social Media: Facebook

  • Warren County

    Family Guidance Center of Warren County
    Recovery Connections Recovery Center
    370 Memorial Parkway, 1st floor #4
    Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
    For more information, contact: 610-392-7146
    Social Media: Facebook  Instagram

Al-Anon and Nar-Anon are twelve-step program for friends and family members of those who are affected by someone else's substance use disorder. Most often, Al-Anon focuses family and friends of those with an alcohol use disorder and Nar-Anon focuses on those effected by other substances. Al-Anon and Nar-Anon meetings provide an opportunity for family members or friends to learn from others who are facing similar issues with a person who has a history of substance use disorder. Meetings allow individuals to share the same feelings and frustrations in a supportive community. By attending meetings, members gain insight that can allow them to play a positive role in the life of their loved one. Family members who participate in family recovery programs such as Al-Anon and Nar-Anon have been shown to improve the chances of success of family and friends with a substance use disorder.

Al-Anon of NJ

Nar-Anon of NJ

ReachNJ is a central call-in line for New Jersey residents who are looking for help with a substance use disorder (SUD). Each call to ReachNJ is answered by a live person in the first 30 seconds.  Trained staff will screen callers to identify their exact needs, are able to provide referrals to supportive services and a seamless connection to a local treatment provider.  ReachNJ serves NJ residents of all ages, regardless of payer.

Call 1-844-ReachNJ to learn about treatment options.

ReachNJ Poster English pdf

ReachNJ Poster Spanish pdf

ASAM is a professional medical society representing physicians, clinicians and associated professionals in the field of addiction medicine. ASAM is dedicated to increasing access and improving the quality of addiction treatment, educating physicians and the public, and supporting research and prevention. ASAM issues nationally recognized practice guidelines for the treatment of SUD.

The ASAM National Practice Guideline 2020 focused update is intended to inform and empower clinicians, health system administrators, criminal justice system administrators, and policymakers who are interested in implementing evidence-based practices to improve outcomes for individuals with OUD.

Visit ASAM website

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