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Freehold Township, NJ 07728
Freehold, New Jersey is a township in the County of Monmouth with a population of 35,623 per the 2016 census. According to a 2015 census, Monmouth, New Jersey is made up of 75% Caucasian residents, 11% Latino/Latina residents and 7% African American residents. Early warnings or drug and alcohol abuse have been shown to appear in youth ranging from 9-15 years of age in Freehold. Currently, 7.4% of individuals 25+ years of age in Monmouth County do not have a complete high school education. However, this is slightly lower than previous years and favorably lower than state and national figures. Since 2007 Freeholds’ unemployment rates have followed the state trend with a rate of 5.5%. Factors such as education, ethnic, income diversity and employment have created significant threats to the community such as a mass increase in opioid addiction.
Mental health is an important component to consider in assessing the needs of a community as poor mental health has a great impact on overall well-being. Here are some statistics from a community health assessment completed in 2016. Many residents reported that access to health care is a major problem in the community, mental health care is identified as the most difficult to access.
- 9.6% of Monmouth County adults admit to experiencing fair or poor mental health.
- 10.4% of Monmouth County adults perceive most of their days as extremely or very stressful.
- 21.7% of Monmouth County adults experience symptoms of Chronic Depression, in which they have had two or more years feeling depressed or sad on most days.
- The annual age-adjusted suicide mortality rate in 2013 was 8.0 deaths per 100,000 population in Monmouth County. Since there has been a significant increase in all New Jersey and the U.S.
Mental Illness has fueled the opioid and heroin addiction crisis in the County of Monmouth. Data from the New Jersey Department of Human Services show that 3,800 more people received treatment for drug or alcohol abuse in 2016 than in 2015. Nearly half of those admitted in 2016 were looking to kick heroin or other opiate addiction, compared to the 36 percent of patients admitted seven years earlier. According to data from the 2016 Substance Abuse Overview report; The numbers of those seeking help for other substances tracked by DHS’s Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services — alcohol, cocaine and crack, marijuana and hashish also all increased in 2016. Here are some statistics reported by the Community Health Assessment on substance abuse in the County of Monmouth:
- 24.4% of Monmouth County adults are excessive drinkers
- Drinking is more common among:
- Adults under 65
- Higher income Residents
- The average age-adjusted-drug-induced mortality rate between 2011 and 2015 in Monmouth was 14.8 deaths per 100,000 population
- Heroin/other opioids, alcohol, and prescription medication were identified as the most problematic substances by key informants
- 14.5% of Monmouth County adults are current smokers
Even though Monmouth is perceived as an affluent county, it is a diverse county, with significant and growing ethnic, low-income populations. There are changes in how healthcare is provided, due to the Affordable Care Act and other trends in healthcare, including consolidation of providers. More healthcare being delivered in outpatient and community/home settings instead of hospitals. The dramatic increase in opioid use and overdoses and an increase of mental health issues, including suicides can be a result of the long-term impact Superstorm Sandy had on the County. The County recognizes its staggering statistics and taking measures in health and social needs but funding is short-term and expiring. The decrease in public funding for health and social services does only fuel the increase of drug dependency and addiction.
Treatment options offered by our detox and addiction treatment centers near Freehold-Township
Clinically managed Detox: Medical Detoxification is a process that allows you to adjust to life without drugs or alcohol slowly with a healthcare professional instead of stopping cold turkey. Medical detoxes often prevent addicts from returning to their unhealthy habits, making the process an important part of a long-lasting recovery.
Residential Addiction Program: The residential programs are designed for clients to live at a center full-time. This gives patients the opportunity to focus their attention on recovery while reaping the benefits of intensive therapy.
Intensive Outpatient Program: This program known as IOP is most recommended to patients who have successfully gone through detox but still need to continue their recovery process on a part-time yet intensive schedule designed to accommodate work and family life.
Outpatient treatment program: An outpatient program allows you to live at home and remain in control of your life. You can still attend work or get a job while your rebuild your personal life with the help and support you’ll receive from the program.
Dual Diagnosis Mental Health Treatment: This type of program treats people who suffer from mental health issues like anxiety, depression, an eating disorder, bipolar disorder while getting treated for addiction.
Drug & Alcohol Addiction Recovery Resources
Here is a link to a list of alcohol and drug treatment and prevention in Monmouth County: