In Fair Lawn, New Jersey, there are times when a person’s drug use creates a situation that requires immediate medical attention. In fact, in Fair Lawn, statistics show that local ERs admitted more than 200 people due to substance abuse crises in 2014.1 These numbers may seem small when compared to the more than 42,000 deaths that occurred in the U.S. in 2016 because of opioid overdoses.2 However, in Fair Lawn, about 44% of the people who go into drug rehab are primarily addicted to heroin, and another 10% go into treatment because of other opiate abuse, which might include prescription drugs such as oxycodone or hydrocodone.3
There is often so much attention on overdose deaths that it is hard to understand overdose recovery. After suffering an overdose, you likely feel grateful for being alive, but you could also feel feelings of embarrassment, anger, and guilt. You might also feel frustrated by continued pain or drug cravings. The event might trigger difficult family dynamics as well. In order to cope with the stress, it is good to find a network of support through health groups, faith-based organizations, neighborhood groups, or peer-to-peer counseling.2
The important thing is to remember that needing support after an overdose is not a sign of weakness. It takes a lot of courage to ask for help, especially after an overdose. If you are in need of support, browse through our directory to find local support or treatment facilities in Fair Lawn, other parts of New Jersey, and the U.S.
There is no obligation to enter treatment and you can opt out at any time.