New Jersey Drug Rehabs

Prevalence of Illicit Substance and Alcohol Use in New Jersey

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) generates state-level estimates for 23 measures of substance use and mental health problems for four age groups: the entire state population over age 12 (12+); individuals age 12 to 17; individuals age 18 to 25; and individuals age 26 and older (26+). Since state estimates of substance use and abuse were first generated using the combined 2002-2003 NSDUHs and continuing until the most recent state estimates based on the combined 2005-2006 surveys, New Jersey has ranked among those states with the lowest rates on the following measures.

Abuse and Dependency in New Jersey

Questions in NSDUH are used to classify persons as being dependent on or abusing specific substances based on criteria specified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition (DSM-IV) (American Psychiatric Association, 1994).

Since State estimates were first generated from 2002-2003 data, rates of abuse or dependence on alcohol in New Jersey have generally been at or below the rates for the country as a whole. Rates for abuse or dependence on illicit drugs have also been at or below the national rates for the same time period. On the more global measure of any abuse of or dependence on alcohol or illicit drugs, New Jersey has consistently ranked among the lowest States for the population age 12 and older, as well as for the population age 26 and older.


Unmet Need for Substance Abuse Treatment in New Jersey

NSDUH defines unmet addiction treatment need as an individual who meets the criteria for abuse of or dependence on illicit drugs or alcohol according to the DSM-IV, but who has not received specialty addiction treatment for that problem in the past year.

For all age groups and across all survey years, New Jersey has ranked at or below the national rates for unmet addiction treatment need. This is particularly true for unmet need for drug addiction treatment among those 12 and older and unmet need for alcohol treatment for the same age group