The police department in Evesham, New Jersey want to help people struggling with addiction rather than sending them to jail or prison. This is why they have implemented a new rule as of March 23, 2018 that each and every Monday, individuals living with addictions can come to the police department and ask for help. When someone arrives on a Monday and is honest about their need for assistance in coping with their substance abuse problem, they will not need to fear arrest or charges being filed against them. They can even turn in drugs or paraphernalia used to abuse drugs without fear of a possession charge.
As the first department in the county of Burlington to execute this new rule, Evesham will be a sort of guinea pig to determine if this new rule can actually be beneficial to those who want to get help but fear getting in trouble. Prosecutor Scott Coffina is confident this program will truly help those in need.
“We want to get an individual the help they came for,” he said, “and anyone who comes will be treated with compassion and evaluated.”
How Do I Know If I’m Addicted to Drugs?
It can be difficult to take the long, hard look at yourself and your choices that is necessary for determining if you are truly suffering from drug addiction. But once you do, you can begin to determine what type of help you need and what the next steps will be in order for you to build a safe recovery. Ask yourself the questions below to know if you are likely suffering from an addiction to dangerous drugs.
• Do I abuse drugs every day?
• Do I feel I cannot get through the day, get out of bed, go through something stressful, etc. without using?
• Have my loved ones shown concern for my amount of drug use more than once?
• Do I ignore my responsibilities in order to make more time to use drugs?
• Am I having trouble in school or at work because of my substance abuse?
• Do I put my drug use above everything else, including my loved ones?
• Have the things that used to matter to me become unimportant or uninteresting to me?
You may also ask yourself: “Have I experienced any serious side effects in the past year of my drug abuse, including”:
Getting a DUI/DWI/arrested?
Getting expelled/suspended/reprimanded at school/etc.?
Losing a loved one?
Despite any issues that have occurred based on my drug abuse, do I feel I will not be able to stop on my own?
Have I tried to stop/cut back in the past and been unable to do so?
Do I experience physical and/or psychological effects if I stop using drug(s)?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, there is a strong chance you are grappling with an addiction and will require treatment. The first step in the journey to recovery is often detox, which can help you put an end to your substance abuse and safely go through the process of withdrawal.
Getting Help Today
You can begin your recovery now by calling 800-481-6320Who Answers?. We are here to help you find rehab centers near you that will offer the best care possible.
Trust building for patients in drug rehab centers is an important exercise; patients must learn to trust those around them in treatment (such as doctors, nurses, and therapists) as well as sometimes re-learning to trust their family and friends. In addition, patients must learn the importance of honesty so others can begin to trust them…..
According to Harvard Medical School, body dysmorphic disorder “is no small problem.” It is is a debilitating mental disorder that causes both men and women equally to become preoccupied with “defects” they feel they see in their bodies, faces, and muscular structures, often to the point of causing delusions. While it is “difficult to treat,”….
Despite the American Psychological Association’s doubts that internet addiction can be considered an actual addiction there are points that an obsession with the internet fits the definition. The persistent and compulsive use of the internet to the determent of a person’s life or livelihood definitely exists. Many people report that the internet has ruined their….
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, no one type of rehab that works for every person. There is also more than one type of treatment center. The type of treatment center you choose depends on your addiction and your preferences. When you are considering addiction treatment, it is important to look at all….
If you’re old enough to remember the Nancy Regan War on Drugs campaign, then you remember the research on addicted rats. If you’re young enough that the 1980s seems like the Dark Ages, here’s a brief explanation. You take a rat. You put him in a cage. You give him self-administrative access to drug-laced water….
A recent survey has found that more teens abuse alcohol and drugs for the first time during the summer than in any other time of the year. Teens are more likely to drink, smoke cigarettes, or try drugs when they are on summer break with the peak of these first time user situations occurring during….
Eating Disorders and the Brain Eating disorders are extremely problematic to an individual and their family, especially when treatment is not received in time. Eating disorders normally stem from a person’s poor and distorted body image of their self. For example, people with anorexia typically believe they are overweight and need to lose weight, even….
Many different types of rehab centers exist: some provide a more lax environment from which patients are able to come and go every day while others provide a more restrictive environment where patients stay at the facility and are very scheduled throughout the day. As such, it is sometimes difficult to know which individuals need….
One of the primary difficulties with developing a dependence on marijuana is that other people may not recognize it as a problem. The continuing legalization of the drug and the fact that it has medicinal properties causes people to dismiss that it is possible to have an unhealthy relationship with it. But, cigarettes have a….
Equine therapy is a type of therapy that involves individuals working with horses to rebuild their trust and responsibility despite addiction. Horses can help an addict to build a new and trusting relationship while also learning responsibility which is often lost to addiction. Unfortunately, when an addict relies on drugs or alcohol for a prolonged….