Just like in any other state in the US, there are teenage rehabs in New Jersey to help the youth with substance abuse problems. It is estimated that approximately 30,000 individuals receive help with addiction each day. While funding for such treatment mostly comes from the state coffers, there is also some federal assistance.
Although one would wish that such a problem would just go away, the reality stares everyone in the face. In one way or another, the social problem affects even those who have nothing to do with it.
This is because one is bound to have a friend, relative or colleague who may be suffering from substance abuse. Having none, the streets of New Jersey, especially its urban centers, would have plenty of reminders that no society is immune. There is no vaccine for the treatment of substance abuse, only rehabilitation.
Over the past few decades, great strides have been made towards making the rehab process more effective as well as less painful or arduous for the patient. As it stands right now, rehabilitation as a type of treatment is a holistic or multidisciplinary approach. As such, it has biological, psychological, social and spiritual components. While voluntary submission to rehab is preferred, this does not happen as much as intervention or court-ordered rehabilitation.
In New Jersey, and the rest of the world, the usual recipients of treatment is the teen or adolescent. Substance abuse, of course, also affects older people in the population. Nevertheless, of all the age groups, the teenage sector is the most vulnerable because of their youth.
While a New Jersey adolescent is no different from any other teen anywhere else, there are stark differences that are disturbing. One of these is the fact that more New Jersey female girls are victims of substance abuse than boys. For example, these girls are twice as likely as their counterpart to resort to the use of a highly addictive substance such as marijuana, that is, 6.2 versus 2.9 percent.
Accounting for both sexes, 73,000, or almost ten percent of the New Jersey teenage population have used a banned substance. Another quite alarming statistic is the finding that 31,000 teenage substance addicts needed but did receive treatment for one reason or another. All this invaluable data has been obtained from InspirationYouth.com which in turn, culled the information primarily from the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services.
In New Jersey, it is customary to conduct a one-day census of patients undergoing treatment on a yearly basis. Also, the so-called Treatment Episodes Data Set which tallies the annual treatment submissions is another source of information.
While data-gathering seems well-organized in the state, the reason why the female teen tends to resort to substance abuse more than boys remains unexplained. The same goes for the 31,000 young individuals who never get treated despite the need.
For now, one can only surmise that the missed treatment opportunities may be due to a shortage of facilities or the lack of volunteerism on the part of the affected teen or adolescent. As for the female teen predisposition to substance abuse, this will require a more detailed study in the future.
Anyone who needs or knows somebody who needs rehabilitation treatment anywhere in New Jersey, can dial a substance abuse hotline 24 hours a day. A new and growing menace in the state is the abuse of painkillers as a substitute for marijuana, heroin or cocaine.
The new face of substance abuse, once again, just happens to be more popular in the female teen. To illustrate, 25,000 females have been found to resort to the illicit practice, as opposed to 20,000 males. With budget cuts across the board in government medical and related services in these uncertain times, the answers may be harder to find.