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Homelessness in the United States has Reached its Highest Level Since Tracking Began in 2007

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Ridgewood NJ, the prevalence of homelessness in the United States has reached its highest level since the inception of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) tracking in 2007, with a record-breaking 653,104 individuals experiencing homelessness during the latest annual count.

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Addressing Drug Abuse: A Guide for Parents

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Raising children can be a joyous and rewarding experience, but it can also come with unique challenges. One of the most pressing issues parents face today is navigating how to address drug abuse, whether it is for themselves, their friends, or even their children. With opioid use on the rise in recent years, teens are at an especially high risk of experimenting with or becoming addicted to drugs, making it imperative that parents stay well-informed about drug prevention and awareness efforts. In this guide for parents, we’ll discuss signs and symptoms of drug abuse as well as provide insights into effective ways of addressing the issue head-on. 

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The Art of Starting Anew: Turning the Page on Addiction

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Addiction, a formidable opponent that has plagued humanity for centuries, takes on various forms, whether it’s substance abuse, gambling, or even technology dependence. Its grip on individuals can be suffocating, causing a downward spiral that seems impossible to escape. However, within the depths of this struggle lies a glimmer of hope: the art of starting anew. Just as an artist faces a blank canvas with the opportunity to create a masterpiece, those battling addiction can turn the page and begin crafting a new chapter of their lives.

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The Impact of Addiction on Relationships and How Rehab Can Help

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Addiction can and frequently does ruin personal connections. Addiction problems have a domino effect that may affect whole families and friendships. Most people are aware that addiction has dire repercussions, but it may be hard to put a number on why. In truth, there are a wide variety of ways that addiction may and does strain interpersonal connections. Addiction may ruin friendships, families, and even trust between parents and their children. Problems, no matter how little, tend to compound over time, becoming more intractable as they worsen. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some of the most typical ways addiction impacts a relationship.

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The Archdiocese of Newark & New Jersey Reentry Corporation Announce Addiction Treatment Referral Program

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Jersey City Nj,  The New Jersey Reentry Corporation (NJRC) and the Archdiocese of Newark announce the establishment of an addiction treatment referral program for individuals suffering from acute opiate addiction, effective July 1, 2023. The Archdiocese and NJRC signed a memorandum of understanding to acknowledge the collaborative relationship and coordinate and integrate services and care for adults with substance use disorders.

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Responsible Gaming Initiative; Big Brother Will Use Online Betting Behavior to Identify and Assist Gamblers at Risk of Addiction

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Atlantic City NJ, groundbreaking Responsible Gaming Initiative to identify and help problem gamblers by utilizing information already collected by online gaming operators about their patrons’ playing habits.

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Addiction Problems And Smart Ways To Deal With Them

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Addiction is a serious problem that affects millions of people around the world. It can cause physical, emotional, and financial devastation to those struggling with it as well as their loved ones. Despite its wide reach, there is still hope for recovery from addiction. 

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6 Ways To Help A Friend Going Through Recovery

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If you have a friend who is struggling with addiction, it can be difficult to know what to do to help them. It is important to remember that they are going through a tough time and need your support. Here are six ways that you can help your friend during their recovery process:

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A Step-By-Step Guide That Will Help You Choose the Right Rehab Center

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If you, a loved one, or a friend are struggling with addiction, you may be wondering what the next step should be. You may be feeling overwhelmed and unsure of where to turn for help. The good news is that there are many resources available to you, and one of the most important is finding the right rehab center. We’ll walk you through the process of choosing a rehab center, from understanding your options to making the final decision. So read on to find valuable information!

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Top Meditation Techniques to Fight Addiction

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Addiction is a growing problem worldwide. Thankfully there are numerous resources available to help with recovery. There are a wealth of methodologies and practices that have been proven to help those suffering from addiction. However, it’s becoming more and more common to use a whole-person approach to addiction treatment. That means that during your fight with addiction, other things are taken into consideration as well, such as mental health, overall physical health, and general well-being. One of the things that many therapists have discovered to improve the quality of life during recovery and help combat addiction is meditation. So, let’s look at some of the top meditation techniques to fight addiction

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Why OTC Drug Abuse Shouldn’t Be Overlooked

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People tend to think that medications they can buy without a prescription are absolutely safe for use. Indeed, if they were dangerous, you wouldn’t be able to get them at your local retail outlet, right? Well, speaking in general, this assumption is correct, but only under one condition – you strictly follow every word that is written on the tin, from allowed daily dosage to the maximal duration of consumption.

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Bergen County Sheriff’s Office offering Vivitrol to eligible inmates

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February 12,2018

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Hackensack NJ, The Bergen County Sheriff’s Office announced  that, effective this week, we have begun offering Vivitrol to eligible inmates as part of our reentry program and specifically to those individual who are struggling with opioid / heroin addiction. The first two participants have already been enrolled and we will be monitoring these individuals to support them and to measure the impact of this initiative.

Vivitrol is an injectable medicine used to block the effects and cravings for both opioids and alcohol for a period of one month. Participants are often prescribed this medication for up to one year in conjunction with out-patient therapy for best results. We are excited to offer this program in partnership with two outstanding local agencies, www.transitionprofessionals.org, and www.cbhcare.com .

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AN EVENING WITH DARRYL STRAWBERRY

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August 20,2017

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Wyckoff NJ,  the Cornerstone Church presents “An Evening with Darryl Strawberry” on Wednesday, September 20.

Darryl is a former MLB star who spent 17 seasons playing professional baseball for the N.Y. Mets, L.A. Dodgers and N.Y. Yankees. Widely known as one of the most feared sluggers in the sport, Darryl’s personal life was often plagued with addictions, abuse, divorce, cancer and even jail time.

Both men and women are invited to this special evening as Darryl shares personal stories from his long MLB career and how he found true redemption and restoration from his troubles and addictions. This is a wonderful outreach opportunity, so start inviting your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers to join you.

The cost is $15 per person and tickets must be purchased in advance prior to Sunday, September 17. Doors open at 6:30pm and the event will begin at 7:00pm. Since space is limited, this is an advance ticket purchase only event. No tickets will be sold at the door, so sign up early to secure your ticket(s). Please note that Darryl will be on hand to share his story-no autographs will be signed.

the Cornerstone Christian Church
495 Wyckoff Avenue
Wyckoff, New Jersey  07481 201.891.1651
info@cornerstonenj.org

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Readers debate Addiction and Personal responsibility

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It is getting all this new attention because it is hitting the suburbs, and more accurately, white people. Now it’s something we as a society must deal with.

I’m sorry, but it is not a disease. I cannot catch it from someone I shake hands with or even have sex with. While little Johnny or Susie might be at risk, I believe it’s little Johnny or Susie, or their families, who have to deal with it. Why should I? Is lousy financial management also a disease? Is getting pregnant at 14 a disease? Please, enough of this it-takes-a-village crap.

 

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Sorry. There are a thousand problems and diseases to be dealt with in this world.

Junkies – irrespective of how they are related to someone – are NOT what the government should be wasting resources on.

The quickest way to reduce the number of junkies is to stop bailing them out and pulling them back from the dead. The message will get through quickly.

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Addiction is a PERSONAL brain disease by which the addict feeds themselves with the substance that releases all the good neurotransmitters. The body then craves more substance to release more neurotransmitters and the cycle continues. The only way you can blame SOCIETY is that we, as a whole, have been too soft and non-judgemental – AKA enablers for the addicts. Before we pass any more legislation giving all drugs the get-out-of-jail-free card, we should ask if flooding the market with a means of escape and/or stupification by substance is the best course of action in the REAL world.

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Reader says You clearly do not understand that addiction is a disease

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You clearly do not understand that addiction is a disease. And it’s a disease that knows no boundaries – rich, poor, men, women, veterans, businessmen/women, young people, seniors. Addiction is a societal problem not a personal problem and if you consider providing help for them too much trouble then you are part of the problem. You should read about how Portugal dealt with their problems and the results.