Substance Abuse & Addiction Treatment Services
Treatment and Support to Help You Regain Control from: Alcohol Addiction, Illegal Drug Addiction, Prescription Drug Addiction and Other Drug Abuse. Addiction is a disease that dramatically affects the sufferer as well as his or her loved ones, and produces biological and psychological symptoms. Those with a substance abuse issue, drug or alcohol addiction often withdraw, feel pain or unpleasantness when the substance is withheld, and are in denial of this serious issue that can control their lives.
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The Blake Recovery Center (BRC) at Carrier Clinic in Belle Mead, NJ is a substance abuse and drug and alcohol addiction treatment and rehabilitation facility that has helped patients recover from their addictions and turn their lives around for the past 30 years. At the Blake Recovery Center, a freestanding New Jersey Department of Addiction Services-licensed residential alcohol and substance abuse treatment program, addiction can be treated in a caring, supportive environment.
30 Years of Expertise Helping Patients Conquer Addiction
Opened in 1981, Blake Recovery Center was named in honor of Bill Blake, a recovering alcoholic who played an instrumental role in starting the first addiction meetings and implementing the addiction treatment program at Carrier Clinic. Today BRC reflects the latest advances in the effective treatment of drug and alcohol addiction. Our program provides medically-monitored detoxification and residential rehabilitation care for individuals suffering from illegal and prescription drug abuse as well as dependence on and addiction to alcohol.
Much More Than a Rehab and Detox Center
BRC’s residential rehabilitation program initiates the process of recovery from drug and alcohol addictions, and encompasses a comprehensive treatment plan specific to the medical, emotional and social needs of each individual. Our proactive approach includes individual and group counseling, family intervention, addiction education, physical education and exercise, medical stabilization, and self-help support recovery via Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and/or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings.
Treatment Addiction to Opioid Prescription Painkillers or Heroin
In the past 10 years at BRC, opioid dependence or addiction has also become a growing and challenging issue. We’ve treated more and more people with addiction to prescription drugs and pain medications, a trend that continues to become more prevalent. The goal of treatment for opioid dependence or addiction is to help those who come to manage the disease and gain control of your addiction so it no longer rules their life.
The Goals of Blake Recovery Center:
- to safely achieve a medically-monitored withdrawal from dependent substances such as drugs, alcohol and prescription medications
- to assess the individual’s ability to succeed by utilizing the Stages of Change
- to provide an introduction to the recovery process and foster acceptance of further treatment
Residential Rehabilitation Program
- to initiate or continue abstinence from drugs, alcohol and other substances of abuse when appropriate
- to identify and treat emotional/behavioral conditions that may complicate recovery
- to develop specific coping skills for relapse prevention
- to strengthen the recovery environment
- to link to further treatment and support resources
- to incorporate evidence based practices into the individual’s specific treatment plan, such as suboxone detox
- for opiates such as Oxycodone, Hydrocodone/Vicodin, Roxycodone, Oxycontin, stress and anger management
- skills, relapse prevention plans
- to involve the family and loved ones in the recovery process through education, support and appropriate referral
- to engage the patient and family in the recovery process from admission through discharge plan
The Outpatient Addiction Treatment Services of Carrier Clinic offers comprehensive drug abuse and alcohol addiction treatment to patients and their families when the severity of addictive disease does not require residential treatment. The treatment approach is based on the 12-Step philosophy in tandem with an individualized evaluation and treatment plan for his or her specific needs – one that focuses on understanding the disease concept of addiction, and the need for relapse prevention skills.
What is Addiction?
Addiction is a biological, psychological, sociological, and spiritual disease which affects virtually every aspect of an addict’s life. Consequences of addictive behaviors increase as the addicted person’s progression continues. Those participating in Carrier Clinic’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) are properly educated about these aspects of addiction.
Why is an IOP important?
It helps drug addicts and alcoholics during the early stages of the recovery process. Those who have been abusing drugs, prescription medications, pain killers, alcohol and other substances for a period of time have difficulties that include the lack of coping skills to deal with life problems without the use of the drugs or alcohol. Problem solving and the identification and utilization of coping skills are vital for the addict to maintain recovery, and are a major focus at the Carrier Clinic IOP.
Also, drug addicts and alcoholics also experience cravings and urges that could cause a slip back into active addiction very easily. The support of an IOP can be the difference between relapse and recovery for an addict early in the process.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is utilized during treatment to address the addictive thought process, dysfunctional emotions, behavioral, and cognitive concerns.
IOP Program Hours
Carrier Clinic’s IOP program hours are: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Participants are expected to comply with random urine drug screening and blood alcohol level testing to insure honesty in the recovery process.
Because addiction affects everyone in the life of a person with a substance abuse problem and can be very difficult to understand for both the addicted person and family, our Tuesday night sessions are focused on the addicts and their families. Family members are encouraged to attend the group with their loved one for a dynamic educational and process group that allows for open communication and mutual understanding of: expectations, family systems, codependence, enabling behavior, relapse, and boundary setting.
Parents Support Group
This confidential support group helps parents to understand and cope with their children’s disease of addiction to drugs and alcohol. The support group is run by Parents Support Group of New Jersey Inc., which believes that addiction is an illness and that changed attitudes and responses by the parents can greatly help a child’s recovery. Our mothers and fathers refer to their sons and daughters as children, even though they range in age from 18 to 40.
This group meets Mondays, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Conference Center at Carrier Clinic. This support group is facilitated by the Parents Support Groups of New Jersey Inc. For more information, please call (973) 736-3344.
The Carrier Clinic IOP is a straight addictions program; however, as a New Jersey Dual Diagnosis treatment center we accept clients with co-current conditions who are stable on their medication, if the patient has an outside psychiatrist and is willing to sign a release to ensure treatment collaboration.
Clients will meet with a therapist individually for treatment planning and reviews, assessments, or as needed. The combination of individual therapy, group process sessions, didactic sessions and family involvement has been received extremely well by all involved in the treatment process.
Substance Recovery Center Alumni Meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month at Blake Recovery Center at 6:30 p.m. (optional AA meeting at 8:00 p.m.). This alumni chapter supports graduates in making the transition from treatment into recovering life by providing fellowship and encouragement. Length of sobriety ranges from days to 30 years. This is not to replace a 12-Step program, but to enhance recovery.
Weekend Codependency Program
Carrier Clinic provides a weekend therapeutic educational and guidance program for family members and friends whose lives are impacted by another’s addiction. Recovering addicts may also attend. Components of the six-week series (though many come after that time as needed) include educational lectures, discussion groups (including a parent’s group), informational videos, and the opportunity to meet with addiction treatment professionals.
Participants have a choice of attending Saturday or Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (registration begins at 9:30 a.m.), on Carrier Clinic’s Belle Mead campus, in the Atkinson Amphitheatre. No pre-registration is required.
Belle Mead Al-Anon Family Group
Open Discussion – Everyone welcome
Located at Carrier Clinic and takes place on Thursdays at 7pm. Group meets in the chapel.
The Al-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope in order to solve their common problems. We believe alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid recovery.
For questions about Al-Anon; contact the South Jersey Information Service at 856-547-0855 or visit www.nj-al-anon.org
For more information on these programs please, call the Community Relations Department at (908) 281-1513 or contact us here.
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Terms and Definitions
Addiction: Addiction is a chronic, but treatable, brain disorder. The most common addictions are to alcohol or narcotic drugs, however there has also been a growing issue with additions to prescription drugs and pain medications in recent years. People who are addicted cannot control their need for alcohol or other drugs, even in the face of negative health, social or legal consequences. This lack of control is the result of alcohol or drug-induced changes in the brain. Those changes, in turn, cause behavior changes.
The Course of Addiction: Addiction grows more serious over time. Substance use disorders travel along a continuum. This progression can be measured by the amount, frequency and context of a person’s substance use. As the illness deepens, addicted people need more alcohol or other drugs; they may use more often, and use in situations they never imagined when they first began to drink or take drugs. The illness becomes harder to treat and the related health problems, such as organ disease, become worse.
Symptoms of Addiction: Include tolerance (development of resistance to the effects of alcohol or other drugs over time) and withdrawal, a painful or unpleasant physical response when the substance is withheld. Many people with this illness deny that they are addicted. They often emphasize that they enjoy drinking or taking other drugs.
Alcohol Addiction: A person living with an addiction to alcohol experiences cravings and is compelled to drink as a result. Unlike a person who consumes alcohol in social situations and is able to enjoy the pleasurable sensations that alcohol brings, the alcoholic is unable to go without a drink for long. If they try to stop drinking, they will likely experience withdrawal symptoms, since their brain chemistry has changed as a result of their alcohol use.
Drug Addiction: Another type of addiction that can affect people is one where they use drugs. While some drug addicts become hooked on illegal drugs such as marijuana, cocaine and heroin, others develop a problem with a dependence on prescription medications. Most of these are both physically and psychologically addictive. As a person continues to use the drug, they build up a tolerance to it and they need to take higher doses in an attempt to get the same effect as when they started using.
Prescription Drug Addiction: Most people take medicines only for the reasons their doctors prescribe them, such as for pain relief from an injury. But an estimated 20 percent of people in the United States have used prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons. This is prescription drug abuse. It is a serious and growing problem. Abuse of prescription drugs and pain killers, or opiates, can lead to addiction to such drugs as Oxycodone, Hydrocodone/Vicodin, Roxycodone, Oxycontin and others.