For information on commonly abused drugs, see Commonly Abused Drugs, for a chart containing information on street and commercial names of abused drugs and their health consequences.
- Illicit drug abuse: $181B
http://www.ncjrs.gov/ondcppubs/publications/pdf/economic_costs.pdf (PDF, 999KB)
- Alcohol abuse: $235B
http://www.camh.net/News_events/News_releases_and_media_advisories_and_backgrounders/rehm_lancet_jun09.pdf (PDF, 279KB)
- Tobacco: $193B
Beyond the raw numbers are other costs to society, including:
- the spread of infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C either through sharing of drug paraphernalia or unprotected sex;
- deaths due to overdose or other complications from drug use;
- effects on unborn children of pregnant drug users; and
- other effects such as crime, unemployment, domestic abuse, family dissolution, and homelessness.
The American system of government is founded on two counterbalancing principles: that the majority of the people governs, through democratically elected representatives; and that the power even of a democratic majority must be limited, to ensure individual rights. Through the years, the key to the ACLU's success and their greatest source of strength has always been the support of ACLU members who understand our freedoms can never be taken for granted - they must be vigorously defended or they will surely be lost.
Treatment for Professionals and Others Suffering from Addiction
Located in Trenton, the Club hosts Alcoholics Anonymous, AlAnon and Alateen Meetings.
American Society for Addiction Medicine (ASAM) has resources for educating physicians on addiction disease and encouraging appropriate treatment for those suffering from addiction; highlights include a doctor referral database, reviews of medical research, and topical articles on addiction medicine and care.
The Living Proof Recovery Center is a welcoming and safe place of hope and support for all members of the recovery community....created for individuals in recovery and maintained by individuals in recovery. Located in Camden County, NJ, the recovery center is open 7 days a week with a full calendar of activities.
Central Jersey Intergroup serves as a centralized point of contact for all the Alcoholics Anonymous member groups. CJI maintains a 24-hour hotline for alcoholics in need, arranges 12-step calls, publishes meeting lists, supplies literature and much more.
CRRFH is dedicated to helping people recovery from all forms of addiction, including drug addiction, alcoholism, codependency, ACA, ACoA through Jesus Christ and 12-step groups
Up-to-date, treatment Directory that can be searched by type of care, agency and numerous other options.
This is the first peer driven recovery center in the state. The New Jersey State Division of Addiction Services (DAS) awarded a grant to Eva's Village to develop the Recovery Center, which serves as a model program for a client-centered recovery-oriented system of care. .
International Lawyers in Alcoholics Anonymous is a group of recovered lawyers and judges carrying the message of recovery within our profession. Our purpose is to act as a bridge between reluctant (in denial) lawyers/judges and Alcoholics Anonymous.
The Johnson Institute brings a long tradition of activism by people with long term addiction recovery to reduce the barriers to wellness for all those afflicted and affected by alcohol and drug problems.
The Legal Action Center is the only non-profit law and policy organization in the United States whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records, and to advocate for sound public policies in these areas.
NANJ helps to find NA meetings in New Jersey, provide contacts for nearby states, professional information for those who work caring for addicts and details about NA fellowship events for our members
If you are seeking ANY TYPE of community SUPPORT GROUP,
You’ve come to the right place! Call us Mon-Fri, 8:30am-5pm to speak with a volunteer or staff member who will provide you with information and contacts on any of over 4,500 NJ support groups, over 1,200 national and online groups, and over 100 people who are seeking others to start new local groups.
NNJAA provides general information about Alcoholics Anonymous and about AA in northern New Jersey.
OnlineHealthResources.com is a comprehensive directory of health related websites.
Oxford House is a concept in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. In its simplest form, an Oxford House describes a democratically run, self-supporting and drug free home.
"I know the seriousness of this illness and I am certainly determined, having come so close so many times, to not let this disease take its toll on me ever again," said Kennedy, a seven-term lawmaker who has been treated several times during his life for addiction to cocaine, the painkiller OxyContin and other legal and illegal drugs.
Watch the Today show interview in streaming video.
The Recovery Month effort aims to promote the societal benefits of alcohol and drug use disorder treatment, laud the contributions of treatment providers and promote the message that recovery from alcohol and drug use disorders in all its forms is possible.
SMART Recovery® is an abstinence-based, nonprofit organization with a sensible self-help program for people having problems with alcohol and other drugs. It includes many ideas and techniques to help individuals change their lives.
SNJAGA - AA provides general information about Alcoholics Anonymous and about AA in Southern New Jersey.
Stanton Peele has been investigating, thinking, and writing about addiction since 1969. His first bombshell book, Love and Addiction, appeared in 1975. Its experiential and environmental approach to addiction revolutionized thinking on the subject by indicating that addiction is not limited to narcotics, or to drugs at all, and that addiction is a pattern of behavior and experience which is best understood by examining an individual's relationship with his/her world. This is a distinctly nonmedical approach. It views addiction as a general pattern of behavior that nearly everyone experiences in varying degrees at one time or another.
The Addiction Recovery Guide assists individuals struggling with drug addiction and alcoholism find help that best suits their needs. Recovery is an ongoing, lifelong process. Once a person has stopped using a particular substance, the process of learning to live without that substance begins. Learning to manage life's daily stresses and developing strategies to deal with the challenges that arise are important skills to develop in maintaining recovery and preventing relapse. Many people also feel that finding ways to be of service can be very helpful in keeping one's recovery on track.
The Bridge, Inc., is a private, nonprofit community agency that has been helping families in the Essex County area since 1971. All our services are designed to strengthen the family and promote the personal growth of children, adolescents, adults and seniors. Individual, group and family counseling are offered by culturally diverse, skilled professional staff in the areas of mental health and substance abuse.
The Recovery and Monitoring Program (RAMP) was started in January 2003 and is designed to encourage health professionals to seek a recovery program before their impairment harms a patient or damages their careers through a disciplinary action. Housed in the Institute for Nursing, it is one of the services available to nurses in New Jersey experiencing problems with impaired practice. The New Jersey State Board of Nursing now refers nurses who qualify to the RAMP program for monitoring as an alternative to disciplinary action. Even nurses who must be disciplined benefit from these services.. RAMP is a comprehensive, structured plan for recovery and monitoring that promotes public protection, safe practice and health. It is a statistically sound method for dealing with impaired practice.
Prayer Beads Exclusively For The Twelve Step Community To Aid In The Practice Of Step Eleven
For people living with mental illness—and their friends. You'll find tools to help in the recovery process, and you can also learn about the different kinds of mental illnesses, read real-life stories about support and recovery, and interact with the video to see how friends can make all the difference.
Women For Sobriety is both an organization and a self-help program for women alcoholics. It is, in fact, the first national self-help program for women alcoholics.
The Women’s Fund of New Jersey (WFNJ) was established in June 1995 with a mission to be a reliable and stable source of financial support for member organizations dedicated to improving the lives of women and, in so doing, improving society as a whole.