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Bergen County, New Jersey Addiction Treatment

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In 2022, Bergen County witnessed 3,400 residents seeking drug and alcohol rehabilitation, indicating a persistent substance abuse challenge within the community. A significant shift has been observed in drug use trends, with fentanyl-related deaths escalating from 34% in 2016 to around 80% in 2020. Simultaneously, the use of pure heroin plummeted from 90% to just 7%, while heroin laced with fentanyl rose from 8% to 91%. This transformation in the drug landscape particularly impacts the 25 to 44 age group, which constitutes over half of the treatment admissions and suspected overdoses, with benzodiazepines involved in about 24% of drug-related fatalities.

Valley Spring Recovery Center addresses these challenges by offering comprehensive substance use disorder treatment and dual diagnosis treatment both onsite and via telehealth. The center employs evidence-based therapies and medications, tailored to individual needs, integrating the latest research and clinical practices to support recovery. With a focus on personalization and long-term sobriety, Valley Spring equips individuals with the tools necessary to reclaim their lives from addiction, highlighting a commitment to reducing the impact of substance abuse in Bergen County.

Treatment and Recovery Resources Available in Bergen County, NJ

Substance use disorder (SUD) is a complex condition that impairs brain function and behavior, often leading to a loss of control over the use of substances such as legal or illegal drugs, alcohol, and medications. As described by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), SUD significantly disrupts personal relationships and physical health, frequently resulting in a deep sense of isolation.

Fortunately, for those affected substance use disorder in Bergen County, there are numerous local resources designed to provide comprehensive support and facilitate recovery:

  • Outpatient Treatment Services: These services offer flexible therapy sessions, enabling patients to continue with their daily activities while receiving treatment.
  • Residential Treatment Services: Provides intensive care within a supportive living environment, designed to nurture recovery in a structured setting.
  • Sober Living House Services: Offers transitional living arrangements that assist individuals in reintegrating into the community, supporting their journey to full independence.
  • Detoxification (Detox) Services: Medically supervised programs that safely manage the physical symptoms of withdrawal.
  • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) Services: This treatment option serves as a transition from residential care, offering substantial support in a less restrictive environment.

These resources aim to empower individuals in Bergen County to reclaim their lives from addiction, offering paths to recovery that respect the needs and circumstances of each person.

Bergen County NA Meetings

DayTimeMeeting NameLocation/GroupAddressNotes
Sunday9:30 am - 10:30 amSerenity in the ParkOn Overpeck Park Drive by the track40 Fort Lee Road, Leonia, NJOutdoors May 1st to Oct 31st. Last parking lot before the dinosaurs.
Sunday10:00 am - 11:00 amTwice On SundayBergen New Bridge Medical Center - Basement Room E007230 E. Ridgewood Ave., Paramus, NJ, 07652Enter through main entrance. No children.
Sunday10:00 am - 11:15 amSunday Morning with NAVirtualNJMEETS VIRTUALLY. Zoom Link: us02web.zoom.us/j/87059504079. Meeting ID: 870 5950 4079. One tap mobile +13017158592. Passcode: 473803.
Sunday2:00 pm - 3:45 pmSteppin’ It UpVirtualHackensack, NJMEETS VIRTUALLY. Zoom Link: zoom.us/j/84713122330. Meeting ID: 847 1312 2330. Dial In 646-558-8656. Password: 000000.
Sunday7:30 pm - 8:30 pmBack to BasicsFirst Presbyterian Church of Ramsey15 Shuart Ln, Ramsey, NJNO parking in lot across the street. CLOSED Christmas day.
Sunday8:00 pm - 9:00 pmCyber Serenity GroupVirtualNJMEETS VIRTUALLY. Zoom Link: us02web.zoom.us/j/84614176051. Meeting ID: 846 1417 6051. Passcode: 401274.
Monday12:00 pm - 1:00 pmThe Nooner’s Group of NAVirtualNJMEETS VIRTUALLY. Zoom Link: us02web.zoom.us/j/88624347104. Meeting ID: 886 2434 7104. Passcode: 121212.
Monday7:30 pm - 8:45 pmPracticing the PrinciplesArcher United Methodist Church37 East Allendale Ave, Allendale, NJ, 07401
Monday7:30 pm - 9:00 pmWomen's TouchVirtualHasbrouck Heights, NJ, 07604MEETS VIRTUALLY. Zoom Link: us02web.zoom.us/j/83079536102. Meeting ID: 830 7953 6102. Dial In 646-558-8656. Password: 100487.
Monday7:30 pm - 9:00 pmRelax In RecoveryFort Lee Gospel Church1625 Palisade Avenue, Fort Lee, NJ, 07024
Monday8:00 pm - 9:00 pmCyber Serenity GroupVirtualNJMEETS VIRTUALLY. Zoom Link: us02web.zoom.us/j/84614176051. Meeting ID: 846 1417 6051. Passcode: 401274.
Monday8:00 pm - 9:00 pmStep by StepFirst Congregational Church109 Continental Avenue, River Edge, NJ, 07661Basement
Tuesday12:00 pm - 1:00 pmThe Nooner’s Group of NAVirtualNJMEETS VIRTUALLY. Zoom Link: us02web.zoom.us/j/88624347104. Meeting ID: 886 2434 7104. Passcode: 121212.
Tuesday12:00 pm - 1:00 pmNoon Heights RecoverySt. John the Divine Church229 Terrace Ave., Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, 07604
Tuesday8:00 pm - 9:00 pmHOWCavalry United Methodist185 West Madison Ave., Dumont, NJ, 07628
Tuesday8:00 pm - 9:00 pmCyber Serenity GroupVirtualNJMEETS VIRTUALLY. Zoom Link: us02web.zoom.us/j/84614176051. Meeting ID: 846 1417 6051. Passcode: 401274.
Tuesday8:00 pm - 9:00 pmThe PhoenixUnited Methodist Church of Park Ridge130 Berthoud Street, Park Ridge, NJ, 07656No pets allowed
Wednesday12:00 pm - 1:00 pmThe Nooner’s Group of NAVirtualNJMEETS VIRTUALLY. Zoom Link: us02web.zoom.us/j/88624347104. Meeting ID: 886 2434 7104. Passcode: 121212.
Wednesday7:00 pm - 8:00 pmSpiritual Sisters GroupVirtualNJMEETS VIRTUALLY. Zoom Link: us02web.zoom.us/j/86190428289. Meeting ID: 861 9042 8289. Passcode: 296867.
Wednesday7:00 pm - 8:30 pmAbstinence and BeyondMount Olive Baptist Church260 Central Ave., Hackensack, NJ, 07601Basement
Wednesday7:30 pm - 8:30 pmIt Works How & WhyChurch of the Nativity315 Prospect Street, Midland Park, NJ, 07432@ O'Connell Hall
Wednesday8:00 pm - 9:00 pmCyber Serenity GroupVirtualNJMEETS VIRTUALLY. Zoom Link: us02web.zoom.us/j/84614176051. Meeting ID: 846 1417 6051. Passcode: 401274.
Wednesday8:30 pm - 10:00 pmRidgewood RecoveryLiving Hope Church271 Lincoln Ave., Ridgewood, NJ, 07450
Thursday12:00 pm - 1:00 pmThe Nooner’s Group of NAVirtualNJMEETS VIRTUALLY. Zoom Link: us02web.zoom.us/j/88624347104. Meeting ID: 886 2434 7104. Passcode: 121212.
Thursday7:00 pm - 8:30 pmRecovery RoomVirtualWoodridge, NJ, 07075MEETS VIRTUALLY. Zoom Link: us02web.zoom.us/j/576341843. Meeting ID: 576 341 843. Passcode: 000000.
Thursday7:30 pm - 8:30 pmStraight EdgeSt. James Episcopal Church514 Abbott Avenue, Ridgefield, NJ, 07657
Thursday7:30 pm - 9:00 pmWomen Who RiseOur Savior Church22-15 Broadway, Fair Lawn, NJ
Thursday8:00 pm - 9:00 pmSerenity NowPark Side Church545 4th Avenue, Westwood, NJNo pets allowed
Thursday8:00 pm - 9:00 pmCyber Serenity GroupVirtualNJMEETS VIRTUALLY. Zoom Link: us02web.zoom.us/j/84614176051. Meeting ID: 846 1417 6051. Passcode: 401274.
Friday12:00 pm - 1:00 pmThe Nooner’s Group of NAVirtualNJMEETS VIRTUALLY. Zoom Link: us02web.zoom.us/j/88624347104. Meeting ID: 886 2434 7104. Passcode: 121212.
Friday12:00 pm - 1:00 pmMidday With NASt. John The Divine229 Terrace Avenue, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, 07604
Friday7:30 pm - 8:30 pm60 Minutes with NAWest Side Presbyterian Church6 S. Monroe St., Ridgewood, NJ, 07450Meeting is in the BARN
Friday8:00 pm - 9:00 pmCyber Serenity GroupVirtualNJMEETS VIRTUALLY. Zoom Link: us02web.zoom.us/j/84614176051. Meeting ID: 846 1417 6051. Passcode: 401274.
Friday8:30 pm - 10:00 pmFree At LastSt. James' Episcopal Church514 Abbott Avenue, Ridgefield, NJ, 07657
Saturday10:00 am - 11:00 amWake Up RecoveryParkside Community Church545 4th Avenue, Westwood, NJ, 07675No pets allowed
Saturday11:30 am - 1:00 pmWeekend LibertyCommunity Baptist Church224 1st Street, Englewood, NJ, 07631
Saturday12:00 pm - 1:00 pmThe Nooner’s Group of NAVirtualNJMEETS VIRTUALLY. Zoom Link: us02web.zoom.us/j/88624347104. Meeting ID: 886 2434 7104. Passcode: 121212.
Saturday7:00 pm - 8:30 pmKISS (Keep It Simple on Saturdays)All Saints Episcopal Church150 Park Ave, Leonia, NJ, 07605
Saturday8:00 pm - 9:00 pmCyber Serenity GroupVirtualNJMEETS VIRTUALLY. Zoom Link: us02web.zoom.us/j/84614176051. Meeting ID: 846 1417 6051. Passcode: 401274.
Saturday10:00 pm - 11:30 pmNight OwlsRidgewood Reformed Church271 Lincoln Ave. & West End Ave., Ridgewood, NJ, 07450
Sunday

Bergen County AA Meetings

DayTimeTownLocationType
Sunday7:00 AMEnglewoodIdeal Lodge 470 Elks, 17 Bennett RoadClosed Step
Sunday7:00 AMBogotaSahara Club, 24 River RoadClosed Step
Sunday7:00 AMSaddle RiverZion Evangelical Church, 96 East Allendale Rd.Closed Big Book
Sunday7:00 AMBogotaONLINE ONLYClosed Step Traditions
Sunday7:30 AMMahwahRamapo Reformed Church, 100 Island Road (at W. Ramapo Avenue) Fellowship Hall Enter on rightClosed Discussion Literature
Sunday7:30 AMRiver ValeCornerstone Church, 819 Rivervale Road (Daily Reflections)Closed Discussion
Sunday8:30 AMSaddle River(Women) (TEMP CANCELLED) Body Positive Works, 96 East Allendale Rd.Open Discussion
Sunday9:00 AMRidgewood(CONCURRENT) Ridgewood YMCA, 112 Oak StreetOpen Discussion
Sunday10:00 AMFort Lee(ONLINE ONLY) Check DETAILS TabClosed Discussion
Sunday10:00 AMRidgewood(ONLINE ONLY)Closed Step
Sunday10:30 AMRidgewoodRidgewood YMCA, 112 Oak StreetOpen Beginner
Sunday11:00 AMWaldwick(TEMP CANCELLED) Waldwick Community Alliance Hall Formerly V.F.W. Hall Post 1049, 7 Hewson Avenue (C-TR Last Sunday)Closed Step
Sunday11:30 AMBogotaMASK RQRD Sahara Club, 24 River RoadClosed Step
Sunday11:30 AMOaklandAmerican Legion Hall, 65 Oak StreetClosed Discussion
Sunday11:30 AMOaklandAmerican Legion Hall, 65 Oak StreetOpen Beginner
Sunday2:30 PMCarlstadtFirst Presbyterian Church, Center Building, Through Garden, 500 Third Street Take path thru Garden - CenterClosed Big Book
Sunday3:00 PMClosterSt. Mary Roman Catholic Church, 20 Legion PlaceClosed Discussion
Sunday3:00 PMBogotaMASK RQRD Sahara Club, 24 River RoadOpen Speaker Discussion
Sunday5:30 PMWaldwickWaldwick Community Alliance Hall - Formerly V.F.W. Hall Post 104, 7 Hewson Avenue (Promises)Closed Discussion
Sunday5:45 PMBergenfieldClinton Avenue Reformed Church, 58 James StreetClosed Step Traditions
Sunday6:00 PMLodi(Agnostic) Faith Reformed Church, 95 Washington StreetOpen Speaker Discussion
Sunday6:30 PMWood-Ridge(TEMP CANCELLED) St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 483 Center Street (at Humboldt Street)Open Beginner Speaker Discussion
Sunday6:30 PMWestwoodGrace Episcopal Church, 9 Harrington AvenueOpen Beginner
Sunday6:30 PMLodi(TEMP CANCELLED) Faith Reformed Church, 95 Washington Street (Living Sober)Open Discussion
Sunday7:00 PMWyckoffAbundant Life Reformed Church, 475 Lafayette Ave.Open Speaker
Sunday7:00 PMBergenfieldClinton Avenue Reformed Church, 58 James StreetClosed Speaker Discussion
Sunday7:00 PMGlen RockAll Saints Episcopal Church, 40 Central AvenueClosed Step Discussion
Sunday7:00 PMBogotaMASK RQRD Sahara Club, 24 River RoadClosed Literature Discussion
Sunday7:00 PMMaywoodSt. Martin's Episcopal Church, 29 Parkway (at Oak Avenue)Open Speaker Discussion
Sunday7:00 PMNorwoodNorwood Presbyterian Church, Nursery School, 701 BroadwayOpen Speaker Discussion
Sunday7:00 PMGarfield(Polish) St. Stanislaus Kostka Old Small Church, 184 Ray StreetOpen Step
Sunday7:00 PMFort LeeChurch of the Good Shepherd, 1576 Palisade AvenueClosed Discussion
Sunday7:30 PMNorwoodImmaculate Conception Church, 211 Summit StreetOpen Beginner Speaker Discussion
Sunday7:30 PMWood-RidgeSt. Paul's Episcopal Church, 483 Center Street (at Humboldt Street)Open Discussion Literature
Sunday8:00 PMCresskillCongregational United Church of Christ, 85 Union AvenueClosed Step
Sunday8:00 PMFort LeeChurch of the Good Shepherd, 1576 Palisade AvenueOpen Big Book
Sunday8:00 PMPark RidgePark Ridge United Methodist Church, 130 Berthoud StreetClosed Big Book
Sunday8:00 PMRiver EdgeGrace Lutheran Church, 925 Fifth Avenue (off Midland Avenue) (Enter Rear Off Magnolia Ave.)Closed Speaker Discussion
Sunday8:30 PMWood-Ridge(TEMP CANCELLED) St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 483 Center Street (at Humboldt Street)Open Speaker
Monday7:00 AMEnglewoodIdeal Lodge 470 Elks, 17 Bennett RoadOpen Beginner
Monday7:00 AMBogotaSahara Club, 24 River RoadOpen Beginner
Monday7:00 AMSaddle RiverZion Evangelical Church, 96 East Allendale Rd. (Daily Reflection)Closed Discussion
Monday7:00 AMSaddle RiverZion Evangelical Church, 96 East Allendale Rd. (Daily Reflection)Open Beginner
Monday7:00 AMSaddle River(ONLINE ONLY) ONLINE ONLY,Closed Discussion
Monday7:00 AMSaddle River(ONLINE ONLY) ONLINE ONLY,Closed Beginner
Monday7:00 AMBogotaONLINE ONLYOpen Beginner
Monday10:00 AMRidgewood(Women) Upper Ridgewood Community Church, 35 Fairmount Road (at Hillcrest Road)Closed Step
Monday10:00 AMHaworth(Women) St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 43 Massachusetts Avenue (at Grant St.)Closed Literature Discussion
MondayNoonBogotaMASK RQRD Sahara Club, 24 River RoadClosed Step
MondayNoonHo-Ho-KusSt. Bartholemew's Church, 70 Sheridan AvenueOpen Speaker Discussion
MondayNoonLyndhurstAmvets Hall, 323 New York Ave.Open Discussion
MondayNoonWyckoffFaith Community Church, 530 Sicomac Ave.Open Discussion
Monday12:15 PMEnglewoodFirst Presbyterian Church, 150 East Palisade Ave.Closed Big Book
Monday12:15 PMWestwoodWestwood United Methodist Church, 105 Fairview Avenue (Entrance on Bergen Street)Closed Step
Monday1:00 PMRidgewood(Women) Old Paramus Reformed Church, 660 E. Glen Avenue (First Mon. C-ST)Closed Discussion
Monday6:00 PMHo-Ho-KusSt. Bartholemew's Church, 70 Sheridan AvenueOpen Beginner
Monday6:00 PMHo-Ho-Kus(Women) St. Bartholemew's Church, 70 Sheridan AvenueOpen Discussion
Monday6:00 PMEmersonChurch of the Assumption (Thru Main Entrance, meets downstairs), 29 Jefferson Ave.Open Beginner
Monday6:30 PMRiver EdgeGrace Lutheran Church, 925 Fifth Avenue (off Midland Avenue)Open Big Book
Monday6:30 PMOaklandPonds Reformed Church, Basement Side Door, 341 Ramapo Valley RoadOpen Speaker
Monday6:45 PMRidgefield Park(Women) (TEMP CANCELLED) Trinity Episcopal Church, 555 Palisade AvenueOpen Step
Monday7:00 PMAllendaleGuardian Angel R. C. Church, 320 Franklin Turnpike (at E. Allendale Avenue)Open Beginner
Monday7:00 PMFair LawnSt. Anne School Library, 1-30 Summit Ave.Closed Step Big Book
Monday7:00 PMFort LeeChurch of the Good Shepherd, 1576 Palisade AvenueClosed Step
Monday7:00 PMFort LeeChurch of the Good Shepherd, 1576 Palisade AvenueClosed Beginner
Monday7:00 PMBogotaMASK RQRD Sahara Club, 24 River RoadOpen Beginner
Monday7:00 PMGlen RockChurch of the Good Shepherd, 233 South Highwood Ave.Open Beginner
Monday7:00 PMHackensackBergen County Housing, Health and Human Services Center, 120 South River StreetOpen Step
Monday7:15 PMRidgewoodNew Hope Church, 271 Lincoln Ave. Meets on Lower LevelClosed Beginner
Monday7:15 PMRidgewoodNew Hope Church, 271 Lincoln Ave. Meets on Lower LevelClosed Step
Monday7:15 PMWaldwick(Men) Methodist Church, 25 Franklin Turnpike (at Wyckoff Avenue)Closed Speaker Discussion
Monday7:15 PMWaldwick(Men) Methodist Church, 25 Franklin Turnpike (at Wyckoff Avenue)Closed Beginner
Monday7:30 PMPark RidgePascack Reformed Church, 65 Pascack RoadClosed Beginner
Monday7:30 PMLyndhurstAmVets Hall, 323 New York AveOpen Speaker Discussion
Monday7:30 PMWood-RidgeSt. Paul's Episcopal Church, 483 Center Street (at Humboldt Street)Open Step
Monday7:30 PMWestwood(Women) Parkside Community Church, 545 Fourth AvenueOpen Beginner
Monday7:30 PMHillsdaleMASK RQRD Pascack Bible Church, 181 Piermont Ave.Closed Literature Discussion
Monday8:00 PMDemarestUnited Methodist Church, 109 Hardenburg AvenueClosed Speaker Discussion
Monday8:00 PMEnglewood(Men) (HYBRID) Seventh Day Adventist Church, 245 Tenafly RoadClosed Speaker Discussion
Monday8:00 PMLeoniaUnited Methodist Church, 396 Broad Ave. (Rear Entrance)Closed Step
Monday8:00 PMLeoniaUnited Methodist Church, 396 Broad Ave. (Rear Entrance)Open Beginner
Monday8:00 PMFort Lee(Russian) The First Reformed Church of the Palisades, 2420 Lemoine Ave. (Small Building Rear Entrance)Open Discussion
Monday9:00 PMWyckoff(TEMP CANCELED) Advent Lutheran Church, 777 Wyckoff Avenue (at Godwin Avenue)Closed Speaker Discussion
Monday9:00 PMWyckoff(TEMP CANCELED) Advent Lutheran Church, 777 Wyckoff Avenue (at Godwin Avenue) (First Monday)Closed Step
Monday9:00 PMWyckoff(TEMP CANCELLED) Advent Lutheran Church, 777 Wyckoff Avenue (at Godwin Avenue) (Last Monday)Open Speaker
Tuesday7:00 AMEnglewoodIdeal Lodge 470 Elks, 17 Bennett Road (Living Sober)Closed Discussion
Tuesday7:00 AMBogotaSahara Club, 24 River RoadClosed Discussion
Tuesday7:00 AMSaddle RiverZion Evangelical Church, 96 East Allendale Rd.Closed Big Book
Tuesday7:00 AMSaddle River(ONLINE ONLY) ONLINE ONLY,Closed Big Book
Tuesday7:00 AMSaddle River(ONLINE ONLY) ONLINE ONLY,Closed Beginner
Tuesday7:00 AMBogotaONLINE ONLYClosed Discussion
Tuesday10:00 AMRidgewood(Women) Upper Ridgewood Community Church, 35 Fairmount Road (at Hillcrest Road)Closed Big Book
Tuesday10:30 AMHaworth(Women) St. Lukes Episcopal Church, 43 Massachusetts Avev Gather in Fellowship HallClosed Discussion
TuesdayNoonBogotaMASK RQRD Sahara Club, 24 River RoadOpen Beginner
TuesdayNoonHo-Ho-KusSt. Bartholemew's Church, 70 Sheridan AvenueClosed Step Discussion
TuesdayNoonRochelle ParkSacred Heart Church, 12 Terrace AvenueClosed Speaker Discussion
Tuesday12:15 PMEnglewoodFirst Presbyterian Church, 150 East Palisade Ave.Closed Beginner Step
Tuesday12:15 PMWestwoodWestwood United Methodist Church, 105 Fairview Avenue (Entrance on Bergen Street)Open Speaker Discussion
Tuesday12:15 PMWestwoodWestwood United Methodist Church, 105 Fairview Avenue Enter via Bergen StOpen Speaker
Tuesday6:00 PMHo-Ho-KusSt. Bartholemew's Church, 70 Sheridan AvenueOpen Literature Discussion
Tuesday6:00 PMHo-Ho-KusSt. Bartholemew's Church, 70 Sheridan AvenueOpen Big Book
Tuesday6:00 PMRamseyGrace Baptist Church, 191 North Central Ave.Closed Big Book
Tuesday6:30 PMSaddle Brook(Women) First Reformed Church, 5 Ackerman Ave. (C-S Last Tuesday)Closed Big Book
Tuesday6:30 PMFort LeeChurch of the Good Shepherd, 1576 Palisade AvenueOpen Speaker
Tuesday6:45 PMOakland(Women) Ponds Reformed Church, 341 Ramapo Valley RoadClosed Discussion
Tuesday7:00 PMBogotaMASK RQRD Sahara Club, 24 River RoadOpen Speaker Discussion
Tuesday7:15 PMSaddle BrookMASK RQRD (Bring a Chair) St. Philip the Apostle Church, 488 Saddle River RoadOpen Beginner
Tuesday7:30 PMDemarestBaptist Church, 563 Piermont Road (O-S Last Tuesday)Closed Discussion
Tuesday7:30 PMGarfieldMASK RQRD Our Lady of Sorrows, 69 Market StreetOpen Step
Tuesday7:30 PMRidgewood(ONLINE ONLY)Closed Big Book
Tuesday7:30 PMWoodcliff LakeOur Lady Mother of the Church, 209 Woodcliff AvenueClosed Step
Tuesday7:30 PMHillsdaleMASK RQRD Pascack Bible Church, 181 Piermont Ave.Closed Big Book
Tuesday7:30 PMNorth ArlingtonSt. Paul's Episcopal Church, 11 York Road (at Sunset)Closed Big Book
Tuesday7:30 PMDemarestBaptist Church, 563 Piermont RoadOpen Beginner
Tuesday7:30 PMEmersonEmerson Bible Church, 162 Linwood Ave.Open Big Book
Tuesday8:00 PMFair LawnWarren Point Presbyterian Church, Broadway & 17th Street (O-S Last Tuesday)Closed Discussion
Tuesday8:00 PMFranklin Lakes(Men) High Mountain Presbyterian Church, 730 Franklin Lake Road (AA Literature)(C-ST 1st Tues)Closed Discussion
Tuesday8:00 PMRiver EdgeGrace Lutheran Church, 925 Fifth Avenue (off Midland Avenue) (Enter Rear Off Magnolia Ave.)Closed Discussion
Tuesday8:00 PMAllendaleArcher Methodist Church, 37 E. Allendale Avenue (at Franklin Turnpike)Open Discussion
Tuesday8:00 PMTeaneckSt. Anastasia Church, 1095 Teaneck RoadOpen Speaker Discussion
Tuesday8:00 PMTenaflyTrinity Lutheran Church, 430 Knickerbocker Road (at Riveredge Road) Use Back EntranceOpen Speaker
Tuesday8:00 PMFort LeeChurch of the Good Shepherd, 1576 Palisade Avenue Lot and street parking availabOpen Beginner Discussion
Tuesday8:00 PMTeaneck(Agnostic)(HYBRID) Ethical Culture Society/Bergen Cnty, 687 Larch Avenue (Enter via North St)Open Discussion
Tuesday8:00 PMOaklandPonds Reformed Church, 341 Ramapo Valley RoadClosed Discussion
Tuesday8:30 PMHackensack(Young People) The Summit Church of Bergen County, 720 Summit Ave.Open Speaker Discussion
Tuesday8:30 PMSaddle BrookMASK RQRD St. Philip the Apostle Church, 488 Saddle River Road (O-S Last Tuesday)Closed Speaker Discussion
Wednesday7:00 AMEnglewoodIdeal Lodge 470 Elks, 17 Bennett RoadClosed Big Book
Wednesday7:00 AMBogotaSahara Club, 24 River RoadClosed Big Book
Wednesday7:00 AMSaddle RiverZion Evangelical Church, 96 East Allendale Rd. (Daily Reflection)Closed Discussion
Wednesday7:00 AMSaddle RiverZion Evangelical Church, 96 East Allendale Rd. (Living Sober)Open Beginner
Wednesday7:00 AMSaddle River(ONLINE ONLY) ONLINE ONLY,Closed Discussion
Wednesday7:00 AMSaddle River(ONLINE ONLY) ONLINE ONLY,Closed Beginner
Wednesday7:00 AMBogotaONLINE ONLYClosed Big Book
Wednesday10:00 AMDumont(Women) Old North Reformed Church, 120 Washington Ave.Closed Step
Wednesday10:00 AMRidgewood(Women) Upper Ridgewood Community Church, 35 Fairmount Road (at Hillcrest Road)Open Beginner
WednesdayNoonBogotaMASK RQRD Sahara Club, 24 River RoadClosed Big Book
WednesdayNoonHo-Ho-KusSt. Bartholemew's Church, 70 Sheridan AvenueOpen Literature Discussion
WednesdayNoonLyndhurstAmvets Hall, 323 New York Ave.Open Discussion Literature
WednesdayNoonWyckoffFaith Community Church, 530 Sicomac Ave.Open Discussion
Wednesday12:15 PMEnglewoodFirst Presbyterian Church, 150 East Palisade Ave.Open Speaker Discussion
Wednesday12:15 PMWestwoodWestwood United Methodist Church, 105 Fairview Avenue Enter via Bergen StClosed Literature Discussion
Wednesday5:00 PMFort LeeChurch of the Good Shepherd, 1576 Palisade AvenueOpen Discussion
Wednesday6:00 PMHo-Ho-KusSt. Bartholemew's Church, 70 Sheridan AvenueOpen Speaker Discussion
Wednesday6:00 PMHo-Ho-Kus(Men) St. Bartholemew's Church, 70 Sheridan AvenueClosed Discussion
Wednesday6:00 PMEmersonChurch of the Assumption (Thru Main Entrance, meets downstairs), 29 Jefferson Ave.Open Big Book
Wednesday6:30 PMOaklandPonds Reformed Church, Basement Side Door, 341 Ramapo Valley RoadClosed Discussion Literature
Wednesday7:00 PMFair LawnUse Side Entry - Door 4 St. Anne School Cafeteria, 1-30 Summit Ave. (O-S Last Wednesday)Closed Beginner
Wednesday7:00 PMBogotaMASK RQRD Sahara Club, 24 River RoadClosed Big Book
Wednesday7:00 PMRiver EdgeGrace Lutheran Church, 925 Fifth Avenue (off Midland Avenue) (Enter Rear Off Magnolia Ave.)Open Beginner
Wednesday7:00 PMNorth Arlington(Women) St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 11 York Road (at Sunset)Closed Discussion
Wednesday7:00 PMHackensackBergen County Housing, Health and Human Services Center, 120 South River StreetOpen Speaker Discussion
Wednesday7:00 PMRiver Edge(Women) First Congregational Church, 109 Continental Avenue (at Kinderkamack)Closed Discussion
Wednesday7:15 PMGlen Rock(Women) MASK RQRD Church of the Good Shepherd, 233 So. Highwood (at Rock Road)Closed Step
Wednesday7:15 PMRamseyFirst Presbyterian Church, 15 Shuart LaneClosed Step Discussion
Wednesday7:30 PMMahwahRamapo Reformed Church, 100 Island Road (at W. Ramapo Avenue)Open Beginner
Wednesday7:30 PMRidgewoodEmanuel Baptist Church, Basement, 14 Hope Street (at E. Ridgewood Avenue)Closed Speaker Discussion
Wednesday7:30 PMWoodcliff LakeChrist Lutheran Church, 32 Pascack Road (at Church Road)Closed Discussion Literature
Wednesday7:30 PMWood-RidgeSt. Paul's Episcopal Church, 483 Center Street (at Humboldt Street)Open Big Book
Wednesday7:30 PMRidgewoodEmanuel Baptist Church, Basement, 14 Hope Street (at E. Ridgewood Avenue)Closed Step
Wednesday8:00 PMCresskillCongregational United Church of Christ, 85 Union AvenueOpen Speaker
Wednesday8:00 PMFort LeeChurch of the Good Shepherd, 1576 Palisade AvenueClosed Speaker Discussion
Wednesday8:00 PMWyckoffFaith Community Church, 530 Sicomac Ave. (C-ST Last Wed.)Closed Discussion
Wednesday8:00 PMFort LeeChurch of the Good Shepherd, 1576 Palisade AvenueOpen Beginner
Wednesday8:00 PMFairview(ONLINE ONLY) Online Only, SEE DETAILS TABClosed Speaker Discussion
Wednesday8:30 PMBergenfieldSouth Presbyterian Church, 150 W. Church StreetOpen Speaker Discussion
Wednesday8:30 PMRamseyMASK RQRD - LIMIT 12 First Presbyterian Church, 15 Shuart Lane FAIR WEATHER BRING CHAIROpen Beginner
Wednesday8:30 PMRiver EdgeGrace Lutheran Church, 925 Fifth Avenue (off Midland Avenue) (Enter Rear Off Magnolia Ave.)Open Speaker
Thursday7:00 AMEnglewoodIdeal Lodge 470 Elks, 17 Bennett Road (Grapevine)Closed Discussion
Thursday7:00 AMBogotaSahara Club, 24 River RoadClosed Discussion
Thursday7:00 AMSaddle RiverZion Evangelical Church, 96 East Allendale Rd.Closed Step
Thursday7:00 AMSaddle River(ONLINE ONLY) ONLINE ONLY,Closed Step
Thursday7:00 AMSaddle River(ONLINE ONLY) ONLINE ONLY,Closed Beginner
Thursday7:00 AMBogotaONLINE ONLYClosed Discussion
Thursday10:00 AMHaworth(Women) St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 43 Massachusetts Avenue (at Grant St.)Closed Speaker Discussion
Thursday10:00 AMRidgewood(Women) Upper Ridgewood Community Church, 35 Fairmount Road (at Hillcrest Road)Closed Discussion
ThursdayNoonLodiFaith Reformed Church, 95 Washington StreetOpen Speaker Discussion
ThursdayNoonBogotaMASK RQRD Sahara Club, 24 River RoadClosed Discussion
ThursdayNoonHo-Ho-KusSt. Bartholemew's Church, 70 Sheridan AvenueOpen Big Book
ThursdayNoonFair LawnWarren Point Presbyterian Church, Broadway & 17th StreetOpen Discussion
Thursday12:15 PMEnglewoodFirst Presbyterian Church, 150 East Palisade Ave.Closed Step
Thursday12:15 PMHillsdaleHoly Trinity Episcopal Church, 326 Hillsdale AvenueClosed Discussion
Thursday1:00 PMCarlstadtFirst Presbyterian Church, Center Building, Through Garden, 500 Third StreetClosed Step
Thursday6:00 PMHo-Ho-KusSt. Bartholemew's Church, 70 Sheridan AvenueOpen Beginner
Thursday6:00 PMHo-Ho-KusSt. Bartholemew's Church, 70 Sheridan AvenueClosed Step Discussion
Thursday6:30 PMFort Lee(Women) Fort Lee Gospel Church, 1625 Palisade Ave.Closed Big Book
Thursday7:00 PMBogotaMASK RQRD Sahara Club, 24 River RoadClosed Step
Thursday7:00 PMOaklandPonds Reformed Church, Basement Side Door, 341 Ramapo Valley RoadOpen Speaker
Thursday7:00 PMRidgewoodOld Paramus Reformed Church, 660 E. Glen AvenueClosed Discussion
Thursday7:15 PMWyckoffAbundant Life Reformed Church, 475 Lafayette Ave.Open Beginner
Thursday7:15 PMWyckoffAbundant Life Reformed Church, 475 Lafayette Ave.Closed Step Traditions
Thursday7:15 PMWyckoffAbundant Life Reformed Church, 475 Lafayette Ave.Closed Speaker Discussion
Thursday7:30 PMCloster(ONLINE ONLY)Closed Step
Thursday7:30 PMHaworthFirst Congregational United Church of Christ, 276 Haworth Avenue (C-D 3rd Thursday)Closed Step Traditions
Thursday7:30 PMHaworthFirst Congregational United Church of Christ, 276 Haworth Avenue (Last Thursday)Open Discussion
Thursday7:30 PMNorth ArlingtonSt. Paul's Episcopal Church, 11 York Road (at Sunset)Closed Step
Thursday7:30 PMParamusAnnunciation R.C. Church Basement, 50 W. Midland AvenueOpen Speaker
Thursday7:30 PMWood-RidgeSt. Paul's Episcopal Church, 483 Center Street (at Humboldt Street)Open Beginner
Thursday7:30 PMBergenfield(Women) Clinton Avenue Reformed Church, 58 James StreetClosed Step
Thursday7:30 PMPark RidgePascack Reformed Church, 65 Pascack Road Park behind in back, Enter froOpen Big Book Discussion
Thursday8:00 PMDumont(Men) Calvary Methodist Church, 185 W. Madison Avenue (at Cooper Ave.)Closed Speaker Discussion
Thursday8:00 PMEnglewoodSt. Paul's Episcopal Church, 113 Engle Street (at Demarest Avenue)Open Beginner Big Book
Thursday8:00 PMFair LawnWarren Point Presbyterian Church, Broadway & 17th Street (As Bill Sees It)Closed Discussion
Thursday8:00 PMFort Lee(Men) Church of the Good Shepherd, 1576 Palisade AvenueClosed Speaker
Thursday8:30 PMSaddle BrookMASK RQRD St. Philip the Apostle Church, 488 Saddle River RoadClosed Step
Thursday9:00 PMHackensackSecond Reformed Church, Anderson & Union StreetsClosed Discussion
Friday7:00 AMEnglewoodIdeal Lodge 470 Elks, 17 Bennett Road (As Bill Sees It)Closed Discussion
Friday7:00 AMBogotaSahara Club, 24 River RoadClosed Literature Discussion
Friday7:00 AMSaddle RiverZion Evangelical Church, 96 East Allendale Rd. (Daily Reflection)Closed Discussion
Friday7:00 AMSaddle RiverZion Evangelical Church, 96 East Allendale Rd. (Daily Reflection)Open Beginner
Friday7:00 AMSaddle River(ONLINE ONLY) ONLINE ONLY,Closed Discussion
Friday7:00 AMSaddle River(ONLINE ONLY) ONLINE ONLY,Closed Beginner
Friday10:00 AMRidgewood(Women) Upper Ridgewood Community Church, Fairmount Road and Hillcrest RoadClosed Discussion
FridayNoonBogotaMASK RQRD Sahara Club, 24 River RoadClosed Speaker Discussion
FridayNoonHo-Ho-KusSt. Bartholemew's Church, 70 Sheridan AvenueOpen Beginner
FridayNoonWyckoffFaith Community Church, 530 Sicomac Ave.Open Discussion Literature
FridayNoonLyndhurstAmvets Hall, 323 New York Ave.Open Big Book
Friday12:15 PMEnglewoodFirst Presbyterian Church, 150 East Palisade Ave.Open Beginner
Friday12:15 PMHillsdaleMASK RQRD Hillsdale United Methodist Church, 349 Hillsdale AvenueClosed Discussion
Friday1:00 PMHaworth(Women) First Congregational United Church of Christ, 276 Haworth AvenueClosed Step
Friday1:00 PMWyckoffAdvent Lutheran Church, 777 Wyckoff Avenue (at Godwin Avenue) (Grapevine)Closed Discussion
Friday6:00 PMHo-Ho-KusSt. Bartholemew's Church, 70 Sheridan Avenue (Celebration Last Friday)Open Speaker
Friday6:30 PMOaklandPonds Reformed Church, Basement Side Door, 341 Ramapo Valley RoadClosed Discussion
Friday6:45 PMRidgewoodEmanuel Baptist Church, Basement, 14 Hope Street (at E. Ridgewood Avenue)Open Beginner
Friday7:00 PMEast Rutherford(Men) Lutheran Church, 78 Washington PlaceClosed Discussion
Friday7:00 PMBogotaMASK RQRD Sahara Club, 24 River RoadClosed Discussion
Friday7:00 PMPark RidgePascack Reformed Church, 65 Pascack RoadOpen Speaker
Friday7:00 PMHackensack(TEMP CANCELLED) Bergen County Housing, Health and Human Services Center, 120 South River StreetOpen Big Book
Friday7:00 PMTeaneck(TEMP CANCELLED) St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 118 Chadwick Road (at Grange Road)Closed Big Book
Friday7:00 PMTeaneck(TEMP CANCELLED) St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 118 Chadwick Road (at Grange Road) (Living Sober)Open Discussion
Friday7:00 PMNorth ArlingtonSt. Paul's Episcopal Church, 11 York Road (at Sunset)Closed Discussion
Friday7:30 PMFair LawnWarren Point Presbyterian Church, Broadway & 17th StreetClosed Literature Step
Friday7:30 PMFort LeeChurch of the Good Shepherd, 1576 Palisade AvenueOpen Speaker Discussion
Friday7:30 PMGarfieldMASK RQRD Our Lady of Sorrows, 69 Market Street (11th Step 2nd & Last Friday)Open Big Book
Friday7:30 PMHillsdaleMASK RQRD Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 326 Hillsdale AvenueClosed Speaker
Friday7:30 PMRidgewood(LGBTQ+ Women) Christ Church, 105 Cottage PIace (at Franklin Avenue)Closed Speaker Discussion
Friday7:30 PMLyndhurstAmvets Hall, 323 New York Ave. (O-S Last Friday)Closed Big Book
Friday7:30 PMEdgewaterEdgewater Community Center at Veterans Field, 1167 River Rd. (Ground Floor Main EntranceOpen Speaker
Friday7:45 PMGarfield(TEMP CANCELLED) Most Holy Name Church, 99 Marsellus Place (at Passaic Street)Open Discussion
Friday8:00 PMDumontCalvary Methodist Church, 185 W. Madison Avenue (at Cooper Ave.)Open Speaker
Friday8:00 PMLeoniaMASK RQRD St. John's Church, School Cafeteria, 235 Harrison Street (Enter off Broad St) (O-S First Friday)Closed Speaker Discussion
Friday8:00 PMLeonia(TEMP CANCELLED) TIL FURTHER N St. John's Church, Basement, 235 Harrison StreetClosed Beginner
Friday8:00 PMTeaneck(Men) (HYBRID) St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 118 Chadwick Road (at Grange Road)Closed Discussion
Friday8:00 PMNorwoodNorwood Presbyterian Church, 701 BroadwayClosed Big Book
Friday8:00 PMParamus(LGBTQ+) Church Of The Savior, 643 Forest Ave.Closed Discussion
Friday8:00 PMRamseyFirst Presbyterian Church, 15 Shuart LaneOpen Speaker
Friday8:00 PMRiver EdgeGrace Lutheran Church, 925 Fifth Avenue (off Midland Avenue) (Enter Rear Off Magnolia Ave.)Closed Step
Friday8:00 PMTenaflyUse Side Entrance Trinity Lutheran Church, 430 Knickerbocker Road (at Riveredge Road)Closed Literature Discussion
Friday8:00 PMWashington Twp.(Outdoor/Seasonal) Our Lady of Good Counsel, 668 Ridgewood Road (Bergen County)Closed Discussion
Friday8:00 PMHasbrouck HeightsFirst Reformed Church, 300 Washington Place (at Burton Ave.) (Wood Ridge-Hasbrouck Heights)Open Speaker
Friday8:30 PMEast RutherfordLutheran Church, 78 Washington PlaceOpen Beginner
Friday8:30 PMFort Lee(TEMP CANCELLED) Holy Trinity Church, Basement, 2367 Lemoine Avenue (at Myrtle Avenue)Closed Step
Friday8:30 PMRidgewoodEmanuel Baptist Church, Basement, 14 Hope Street (at E. Ridgewood Avenue)Open Speaker
Friday11:59 PMBogota(Midnight) (TEMP CANCELLED) Sahara Club, 24 River RoadClosed Discussion
Saturday7:00 AMEnglewoodIdeal Lodge 470 Elks, 17 Bennett RoadOpen Speaker
Saturday7:00 AMBogotaSahara Club, 24 River RoadOpen Speaker
Saturday7:00 AMSaddle RiverZion Evangelical Church, 96 East Allendale Rd.Open Speaker
Saturday7:00 AMSaddle River(ONLINE ONLY) ONLINE ONLY,Closed Speaker Discussion
Saturday7:00 AMBogotaONLINE ONLYOpen Speaker
Saturday9:00 AMBogota(Men) MASK RQRD Sahara Club, 24 River RoadClosed Step
Saturday10:00 AMSaddle River(Men) Zion Lutheran Church (Parish House), 96 East Allendale Rd. Behind Church/Enter @ BackClosed Discussion
Saturday10:30 AMEdgewaterMASK RQRD Holy Rosary Parish Center Community Hall, 26 Edgewater PlaceOpen Discussion
Saturday10:30 AMHillsdaleHillsdale United Methodist Church, 349 Hillsdale AvenueOpen Speaker Discussion
Saturday10:30 AMWyckoff(Women) Grace United Methodist Church, 555 Russell Ave.Closed Discussion
Saturday10:30 AMWaldwickMASK RQRD Methodist Church, 25 Franklin Turnpike (at Wyckoff Avenue)Open Speaker
Saturday10:30 AMWestwoodSt. Andrews Roman Catholic Church (Basement), 120 Washington Avenue (Entrance in Back of Church)Open Beginner
Saturday10:30 AMSouth HackensackNorth Jersey Vineyard Church, 310 Phillips Avenue (Main Entrance Behind Bldg)Open Speaker Discussion
Saturday10:30 AMTenaflyMASK RQRD Tenafly Presbyterian Church, 55 Magnolia AvenueOpen Speaker
Saturday10:30 AMRamseyGrace Baptist Church, 191 North Central Ave.Closed Big Book
Saturday11:00 AMFort LeeChurch of the Good Shepherd, 1576 Palisade AvenueClosed Step
SaturdayNoonBogota(Women) MASK RQRD Sahara Club, 24 River RoadClosed Discussion
Saturday12:30 PMHillsdaleHoly Trinity Episcopal Church, 326 Hillsdale AvenueClosed Discussion Literature
Saturday1:15 PMCloster(Meets Third Sat Only) St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, 20 Legion PlaceOpen Speaker Discussion
Saturday3:15 PMParamusNew Bridge Medical Center, 230 E. Ridgewood Avenue Ask for Extra Mile MtgOpen Speaker Discussion
Saturday5:00 PMWyckoffMASK RQRD Grace United Methodist Church, 555 Russell Ave.Open Beginner
Saturday5:00 PMWyckoffMASK RQRD Grace United Methodist Church, 555 Russell Ave.Closed Step
Saturday6:00 PMBogotaMASK RQRD Sahara Club, 24 River RoadClosed Discussion
Saturday6:00 PMFort LeeChurch of the Good Shepherd, 1576 Palisade AvenueClosed Big Book
Saturday7:00 PMGarfield(Polish) St. Stanislaus Kostka Old Small Church, 184 Ray StreetOpen Discussion*
Saturday7:00 PMLyndhurstSt. Thomas Episcopal Church, 300 Forest Avenue (at Stuyvesant Avenue)Open Speaker
Saturday7:00 PMHackensackBergen County Housing, Health and Human Services Center, 120 South River StreetOpen Beginner
Saturday7:30 PMFair LawnSt. Anne School Cafeteria Church Side Entry Door 4, 1-30 Summit Ave. (O-S Last Saturday)Closed Beginner
Saturday7:30 PMHaworthSt. Luke's Episcopal Church, 43 Massachusetts Avenue (at Grant St.)Open Speaker
Saturday7:30 PMWestwood(TEMP CANCELLED) Grace Episcopal Church, 9 Harrington AvenueClosed Speaker Discussion
Saturday7:30 PMWestwoodGrace Episcopal Church, 9 Harrington AvenueClosed Step
Saturday7:30 PMMahwahChurch of the Immaculate Heart of Mary School Building, 47 Island Rd.Closed Discussion
Saturday7:30 PMRidgewoodWestside Presbyterian Church , 6 South Monroe St. (at West Ridgewood Ave.) (Meets in Barn By Parking Lot)Open Beginner
Saturday7:30 PMRiver EdgeFirst Congregational Church, 109 Continental Avenue (at Kinderkamack)Open Beginner
Saturday7:30 PMRiver EdgeFirst Congregational Church, 109 Continental Avenue (at Kinderkamack)Closed Speaker Discussion
Saturday7:30 PMRochelle ParkSacred Heart Church, 12 Terrace AvenueClosed Discussion
Saturday7:30 PMRidgewoodWestside Presbyterian Church , 6 South Monroe St. (at West Ridgewood Ave.) (Meets in Barn By Parking Lot)Closed Big Book
Saturday7:30 PMRidgewoodWestside Presbyterian Church , 6 South Monroe St. (at West Ridgewood Ave.) (Meets in Barn By Parking Lot)Closed Step
Saturday8:00 PMFort LeeChurch of the Good Shepherd, 1576 Palisade AvenueOpen Beginner
Saturday10:00 PMGlen RockChurch of the Good Shepherd, 233 South Highwood Ave. (Use Church Rear Entrance)Open Beginner
Saturday11:59 PMBogota(Midnight) (TEMP CANCELLED) Sahara Club, 24 River RoadClosed Speaker Discussion

What Are The Addiction Statistics in Bergen County, New Jersey?

Overdose Deaths in Bergen County
Substances Involved in Overdoses
Drug-Related Crime in Bergen County, New Jersey
Rehab Admissions

The Ne­w Jersey Cares Suspe­cted Overdose De­aths report states that Berge­n County had 130 suspected overdose­ deaths in 2023. This shows a major jump from the past years. The­ overdose substances crisis is making the death toll increase­ continuously. Here is a graph showing overdose death statistics per year 2013-2022.

 

In 2017, New Je­rsey’s Office for Planning, Rese­arch, Evaluation, and Prevention examine­d Bergen County’s substance abuse­ problem. The rese­arch showed that 3,625 individuals asked for assistance for substance­ misuse in that year. A great numbe­r, 1,252, of them required he­lp because of alcohol. Cocaine and he­roin were other contributors, re­sulting in 205 and 1,303 people respe­ctively reaching out for help. Additionally, marijuana use­ resulted in 514 entrie­s for treatment.

In 2018, the situation wasn’t much be­tter. Bergen County saw 1,749 pe­ople seeking substance­ abuse assistance. Hackensack City had the­ highest number of these­, with 370 cases. Of these, alcohol was a proble­m for 121 people and heroin for 132. Garfie­ld City was next, with 252 people asking for assistance, 90 with alcohol issues, and 82 with heroin. Lodi Borough reporte­d 215 cases, 68 alcohol-related and 70 he­roin-related, and 18 of them involve­d youngsters below 18 years old.

Unfortunately, avoiding drugs wasn’t succe­ssful for everyone who re­ceived assistance. The­ National Institute on Drug Abuse reporte­d a 29.3% increase in fatal drug overdose­s in New Jersey from 2016 to 2017.

The graph below shows age-adjusted death rates from overdose for different substances from 2012 to 2020:

 

Bergen County, known for its vibrant communities and scenic beauty, has not been immune to the challenges of drug-related crime. Throughout the 1990s and into the present, there has been a noticeable surge in drug-related criminal activities. In 1997, New Jersey saw 65,317 arrests related to drug offenses, slightly decreasing to 64,011 in 1998. Notably, individuals under the age of 21 accounted for 40% of all drug violations during this period.

The types of drugs most commonly misused in New Jersey include heroin, other opioids, cocaine, and marijuana. These substances are particularly problematic due to their high accessibility and the state’s strategic geographical position which facilitates the illegal drug trade. Heroin and cocaine are especially concerning as they are often associated with a higher likelihood of violent crimes compared to other substances. Indeed, about 70% of severe crimes in the state are directly linked to illegal drug activities. Heroin alone accounts for 38% of all federal sentencing cases in New Jersey, a figure significantly higher than the national average of 8%.

The impact of drug-related crime extends beyond the immediate legal consequences. It contributes significantly to violence and health issues within communities. The National Drug Intelligence Center notes that approximately 70% of violent crimes in New Jersey stem from drug-related incidents. Major criminal entities, including street gangs like the Bloods and Latin Kings, play substantial roles in drug trafficking and related violent activities across the state.

Furthermore, the public health ramifications are severe. The prevalence of HIV among injecting drug users has seen incremental rises, and the existence of open-air drug markets poses continual challenges to public safety and health. The state’s focus on combating heroin and cocaine trafficking sometimes leads to fewer resources being directed towards addressing the abuse of marijuana, methamphetamine, and other potent substances.

In 2022, Bergen County, New Jersey, reported a significant number of substance use disorder treatment admissions, reflecting the ongoing challenges with drug and alcohol dependency in the region. According to data provided by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the county saw a total of 3,124 treatment admissions over the year. This data highlights the primary substances leading to treatment:

  • Alcohol was the most common substance, with 1,345 admissions, representing 43% of all cases.

  • Heroin followed with 862 admissions, accounting for 28% of the total.

  • Other opiates, which include prescription opioids, were responsible for 255 admissions or 8%.

  • Cocaine led to 210 admissions, making up 7% of the total.

  • Marijuana and synthetic cannabinoids saw 281 admissions, or 9%.

  • Methamphetamines and other stimulants had a smaller impact with 57 admissions, which is about 2%.

The treatment admissions also reflected diverse demographic and social variables:

  • The majority of those admitted were male (70%).

  • Most individuals were treated in outpatient settings (25%), followed closely by intensive outpatient programs (24%).

  • A significant portion of those admitted, 77%, lived independently, while 17% were intravenous drug users.

  • Employment status varied, with 39% employed either full-time or part-time and another 39% not in the labor force.

This data underscores the complex interplay of substance use disorders in Bergen County, highlighting the continued need for robust and accessible treatment options to address the varying needs of its residents.

What Are The Sober Activities and Things To Do In Bergen County, NJ?

Bergen County, New Jersey, offers a wide array of sober activities and attractions for those seeking entertainment without alcohol. From lush parks to cultural experiences, there's plenty to explore that supports a sober lifestyle.

  • Explore Nature and Parks

    • Van Saun County Park: Located in Paramus, this popular park features extensive amenities including a zoo, playgrounds, a carousel, and miniature train rides. It’s a perfect spot for family outings or a peaceful stroll.
    • Ramapo Valley County Reservation: This reservation offers hiking trails, fishing spots, and scenic views, ideal for nature lovers looking to spend time outdoors in tranquility.
    • Saddle River County Park: Stretching over several Bergen County towns, this park offers a multi-use pathway that is great for biking, jogging, or walking alongside the picturesque Saddle River.
  • Cultural and Educational Experiences

    • Bergen County Zoological Park: Situated within Van Saun County Park, the zoo is an educational hub where visitors can learn about various species and their habitats, emphasizing conservation.
    • Historic New Bridge Landing: Experience history first-hand at this American Revolutionary War site in River Edge, which hosts historical reenactments and features several preserved buildings.
  • Recreational Tours and Activities

    • James A. McFaul Environmental Center: An educational center in Wyckoff with wildlife exhibits, nature trails, and a waterfowl pond that offers a serene environment perfect for family visits.
    • Bergen Equestrian Center: Located in Leonia, this center provides horseback riding lessons and therapeutic riding sessions, which can be a soothing way to connect with nature.
  • Seasonal and Year-Round Activities

    • Demarest Farms: Located in Hillsdale, this farm offers seasonal apple picking, pumpkin picking, and a Halloween Light Show. It’s a fun way to experience farm life and enjoy fresh produce directly from the source.
    • Meadowlands Sports Complex: For those interested in sports and entertainment, the complex hosts various non-alcoholic events throughout the year, including professional sports games and concerts.

Bergen County not only provides a diverse range of sober activities catering to all interests but also fosters an environment that promotes a healthy, alcohol-free lifestyle. Whether you're into outdoor adventures, cultural tours, or relaxing farm visits, Bergen County is a fantastic destination for engaging and sober activities.

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You Are Not Alone

 

Residents of Bergen County NJ must recognize that they are not alone in this struggle. Numerous individuals across the country face similar challenges and are finding pathways to recovery through available treatments. The availability of diverse treatment options offers a beacon of hope, highlighting that recovery is not just a possibility but a realistic goal.

What Mental Health Services Are Available in Bergen County, NJ?

 

Bergen County, NJ, faces the complex challenge of addressing mental health disorders intertwined with substance abuse issues. This dual battle can exacerbate each condition, leading to a challenging cycle of mental health decline and dependency that necessitates specialized care.

In Bergen County, mental health disorders frequently accompany substance abuse, compounding the difficulties faced by those affected. For instance, prescription medications intended to manage mental health symptoms can lead to dependence, spiraling into substance misuse. Alternatively, the habitual use of substances like alcohol may aggravate or trigger mental health conditions such as anxiety or depression.

Typical mental health disorders that co-occur with substance abuse include:

  • Anxiety Disorders: These may develop or worsen as a result of substance abuse.
  • Personality Disorders: These conditions can complicate the management of addiction.
  • Bipolar Disorder: Characterized by mood swings that can increase the likelihood of substance abuse.
  • Stress Disorders: Individuals may misuse substances as a coping mechanism for severe stress.
  • Major Depressive Disorder: Often leads to self-medicating behaviors.
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): Substances may be misused as a self-medication tool.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Substance use can be a means to mitigate PTSD symptoms.

To combat these co-occurring disorders, Valley Spring Recovery Center in Bergen County provides an array of targeted mental health services:

  • Targeted Counseling and Psychotherapy: These services are tailored to treat specific dual-diagnosis scenarios, addressing both the addiction and the mental health condition through personalized therapeutic strategies.
  • Comprehensive Psychiatric Services: This includes detailed evaluations, precise diagnosis, and careful medication management, essential for stabilizing and improving mental health.
  • Structured Support Groups: Dedicated groups offer peer support for various conditions, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, and addiction, facilitating shared experiences and recovery.
  • Specialized Residential Treatment Programs: These facilities offer immersive care for severe cases, providing a controlled environment where both mental health and addiction are treated simultaneously.
  • Flexible Outpatient Programs: Designed to allow individuals to receive ongoing treatment while maintaining daily life, these programs offer a balance of support and independence.

Bergen County’s mental health services are structured to offer a comprehensive, integrated approach to individuals facing the intertwined challenges of mental health disorders and substance abuse. With a broad spectrum of care options, from intensive inpatient environments to supportive outpatient settings, the county aims to foster recovery and support a healthier, substance-free lifestyle for all residents. This robust framework ensures that each individual has access to the care they need to navigate their unique challenges effectively.

What Are The Major Towns And Populations In Bergen County?

Bergen County, New Jersey, is one of the most populous counties in the state and includes a variety of towns and municipalities that contribute to its vibrant and diverse community. Here's a breakdown of some of the major towns within Bergen County along with their estimated populations to provide a clearer picture of this dynamic area:
Hackensack (County Seat)
Teaneck
Fort Lee
Fair Lawn
Englewood
Paramus
Mahwah
Ridgewood
Garfield
Lodi
  • Population: Approximately 44,000 residents
  • Hackensack serves as the county seat and is a bustling hub for law, local government, and healthcare.
  • Population: Roughly 41,000 residents
  • Teaneck is known for its cultural diversity and has a rich array of community facilities and events.
  • Population: Around 38,000 residents
  • Located at the eastern border of the county, Fort Lee is famous for its historical role in film and its proximity to New York City, offering spectacular views of the Hudson River.
  • Population: About 33,000 residents
  • A family-friendly town with strong community programs, excellent schools, and a variety of recreational facilities.
  • Population: Approximately 29,000 residents
  • Englewood combines upscale shopping and dining with a thriving arts scene, home to the Bergen Performing Arts Center.
  • Population: Nearly 27,000 residents
  • Known as the shopping mall capital of New Jersey, Paramus limits store operations on Sundays, offering residents a quieter day of the week due to blue laws.
  • Population: Roughly 26,000 residents
  • Mahwah houses several corporate headquarters and offers expansive parkland, making it one of the larger geographic townships in Bergen County.
  • Population: About 25,000 residents
  • Ridgewood is noted for its downtown area, highly rated schools, and strong community involvement.
  • Population: Approximately 32,000 residents
  • A more densely populated area known for its rich immigrant history and vibrant community life.
  • Population: Around 25,000 residents
  • Lodi is known for its small-town feel and residential character.

Villages and Boroughs

In addition to these larger towns, Bergen County is dotted with smaller villages and boroughs such as Bergenfield, Closter, and Ho-Ho-Kus, each offering unique community attractions and residential environments. These smaller areas are often cherished for their tight-knit communities and local traditions.

Bergen County’s blend of urban and suburban settings, combined with its cultural diversity and proximity to New York City, makes it an attractive location for both residents and visitors. The variety of towns and villages within the county provides a wide range of lifestyle options, contributing to its status as a highly desirable place to live in the region.

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