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NJ Legislators Taking Their Time Responding Widespread Addiction

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD By May 21, 2018

Finding the best rehab in New Jersey is only the start of ending an addiction. No matter how good the care is, there is always risk that relapse can happen if the patient does not receive adequate aftercare like that offered at Discovery or from sober living homes which can be found throughout the state.

And while NJ legislators are moving toward making it easier to receive and continue addiction treatment, they are dragging their feet. Hopefully they can speed up soon as there are far too many people who need rehab and sober living right now but can’t get those services because NJ is giving recovery homes such a hard time.

The opioid crisis demands a response on many fronts, coordinated across government, nonprofit and private entities. Many new approaches are needed. But even a national emergency doesn’t mean that anything goes.

One way that nonprofits in New Jersey responded to the urgency of soaring addiction rates and overdoses was to quickly create recovery homes where people can get help with their substance abuse problem. But the state, unsurprisingly, hasn’t been as quick in creating the legal basis and regulatory framework for those residences.

Two years ago, the state Division of Codes and Standards found that three sober-living facilities operated by the Atlantic City-based Hansen Foundation failed to submit plans and get state approval under existing boarding house regulations. Click Here to Continue Reading

Article Reviewed by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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