New Jersey consists of 130 miles of Atlantic shoreline and is across from the famous Hudson River from Lower Manhattan, where ferries embark historic Ellis Island, with its popular Immigration Museum and the iconic Statue of Liberty. As of 2019, its total population is a little over 8 million people.
Alcohol abuse is a growing issue in the state. It was noted, in 2017, that there was an estimated 16.7 percent of adults who self-reported binge drinking in the past 30 days. As noted by the Asbury Park Press from a report, about 26.1 percent of New Jersey adults said they binge-drank. The average alcohol consumption among those aged 14 and up was 2.33 drinks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines binge drinking as “consuming five or more drinks for men, or consuming four or more drinks for women in about 2 hours.”
Data from America Health Rankings indicate that in 2019, nearly 20 percent of adults in New Jersey said they engaged in binge or chronic drinking. (Chronic drinking is defined as having eight or more [women] or 15 or more [men] drinks per week.)
Excessive alcohol drinking led to about 88,000 deaths and was responsible for one in 10 deaths among working-age adults. An estimated $249 billion is the economic cost of excessive alcohol consumption in the country, in 2010, the last year it was recorded.
People who live in New Jersey have many options for finding help to become free from alcohol addiction, which is also called alcohol use disorder. Heavy alcohol use ruins lives and relationships. It depletes finances and terminates friendships. It also ends the lives of either someone with alcohol addiction or those in their path.
It doesn’t have to be that way. Keep reading to learn about alcohol rehab in New Jersey.
New Jersey Alcohol Rehab Statistics
New Jersey has 21 counties, and five of them claim the highest percentage of people in addiction treatment:
- Essex County
- Camden County
- Monmouth County
- Atlantic County
- Middlesex County
In total, there were 25,069 addiction treatment admissions for alcohol in 2018 in New Jersey.
In 2017, alcohol use disorder was the second leading reason for addiction treatment, following behind heroin and other opioids.
There are more than 130 substance use treatment facilities in the state, not including fully accredited Serenity at Summit.
Benefits of Alcohol Rehab
Alcohol is the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States behind tobacco and poor diet/physical inactivity. Alcohol use disorder occurs when drinking interferes with responsibilities, when a person is unable to control the amount they drink, or when withdrawal symptoms are felt when not drinking alcohol.
Effective addiction treatment, and alcohol use disorder (AUD) treatment, entails readily available treatment that lasts long enough to be beneficial. Treatment should cover all aspects of the person’s addiction, including physical, psychological, and socioeconomic causes. Alcohol recovery is ongoing, and relapsing is common, although it is not a sign of failure.
Alcohol use is common in the United States. However, chronic, excessive, or binge drinking is dangerous and can lead to a multitude of problems or be fatal. One phone call is all it takes to avoid the hazards of alcohol abuse.