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Substance Abuse Stats in Toms River, NJ

Toms River is the eighth-most affected city in New Jersey by drug abuse with 1,284 treatment admissions in 2017.

That also makes it the most affected township in Ocean County, which had 7,244 drug admissions that year. Toms River made up 18% of that number by itself! 

There’s a problem with people not completing their treatment in Toms River. In 2017:

  • 46% of patients left treatment without finishing it
  • 15% of patients refused to continue care

Social problems are also common with people who abuse drugs in Toms River—mostly mental health issues (21%) and criminal history (17%)

Choosing Between an Outpatient and Inpatient Rehab

  •  24/7 environment can make it easier. 
  • Outpatient treatment lets you keep up with your normal routine while you learn how to live without drugs. 

However, the two aren’t mutually exclusive. Many patients begin with an inpatient stay and later spend months or years in rehab. 

Your ideal rehab might be a combination of outpatient and inpatient. Your care team will help you choose the right kind of rehab.Which is better, inpatient or outpatient treatment? The answer is neither is better than the other. Rather, both are useful for different purposes. 

Inpatient treatment is best if you need extra care and structure. Recovery is hard and a supportive 

How Long Can Treatment at a Rehab Last?

You have some say over what length rehab program you choose, so choose wisely. Your care team will help you learn your options and make the choice that’s right for you. 

Many rehab centers offer: 

  • 30-day rehab
  • 60-day rehab
  • 90-day rehab

It’s common for patients to start with 30-day rehab and move to longer stays if it doesn’t work. However, research shows that 90-day rehab is the shortest length that works. 

Any rehab length under 90 days is less likely to lead to recovery and more likely to lead to relapse. Even longer is preferable if you can make it work! 

What to Expect at Rehab

Rehab gives you experiences and skills you can use to live drug-free. It’s about building coping mechanisms and helping you understand yourself. 

No two treatment stays are the same. But yours might include: 

  • Activity time: Time spent journaling, doing art, or playing music can be therapeutic. 
  • Group therapy: A support group can help you know that you’re not alone. Sharing experiences is a powerful part of healing. 
  • Medication-assisted treatment: The use of Suboxone or methadone can help prevent opioid cravings. 
  • Talk therapy: One-on-one therapy helps you learn more about what makes you want to use drugs—so you can break the cycle. 

When Would You Need to Go to Detox?

Consider going to detox if you: 

  • Are physically dependent on a drug: Benzos can be dangerous to detox from, and opioids are painful in detox. But any drug that causes physical dependence is reason enough to go to detox. 
  • Are dependent on alcohol: Detoxing from alcohol can cause delirium tremens and sometimes it’s fatal. You should always get medical help before detoxing from alcohol. 

Your care team will tell you if you need to go to detox before rehab. Many treatment centers can’t help you through detox because they aren’t set up for it. A detox program offers extra support during this tricky part of rehab. 

How Long is Detox?

Many detox centers and hospitals offer detox lengths between three and 14 days. 

Different programs are set up for different kinds of detox. An opioid detox is much different from an alcohol detox and needs its own detox plan. 

In general, three to seven-day detox is best for alcohol detox while seven to 14 day detox is best for stimulant detox. However, your care team will help you choose the detox length that’s best for you. 

It’s important to stick with detox through the end. Leaving detox before your body is ready can lead to a relapse. 


  1. New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services: Substance abuse overview 2017
  2. National Institute on Drug Abuse: Duration of treatment
  3. Verywell Mind: Drug and alcohol rehab programs for beginners