The Bergen County Department of Health Services is located in Hackensack, New Jersey, a suburb of New York City located just north of Manhattan. Through funding from the New Jersey Department of Human Services and the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Addiction Recovery Program is offered at a sliding scale fee so that low-income clients can afford treatment.
The Addiction Recovery Program at BCDHS provides outpatient services, detox, employee assistance programs, DUI programs and a women’s sober living facility. The Bergen County Department of Health Services started offering addiction treatment programs in 1978 when they opened their sober living for women.
Treatment and Staff
The Addiction Recovery Program is a system of subprograms available based on a client’s assessment at the time of intake. All clients are processed with an intake coordinator upon their arrival. If a client requires detox, they are referred to the local unit under BCDHS that provides Suboxone and medically supervised treatment. If a client wishes to transition to outpatient, they are assessed again and transferred to the ideal treatment track. Depending on a client’s assessment, they are either enrolled in basic outpatient treatment or an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). If a client has requirements through their employer or court mandated treatment obligations, they receive an individualized treatment plan that aims to meet those requirements.
All treatment practices are based on 12-step principles and the philosophies surrounding the AA program and to this end BCDHS hosts multiple 12-step meetings. All clients must attend meetings—the required number depends on each individual treatment plan and court obligations. All treatment is primarily focused on group therapy. Groups are facilitated by staff members which include LPCs and CADCs. Outpatient clients typically attend one group therapy session per week and IOP clients attend upwards of three to four per week.
Individual therapy is an additional service included in all programming through the Addiction Recovery Programs. Clients work individually with a counselor assigned to their case to gain a deeper understanding of the impact drugs and alcohol. All services are confidential but also work in tandem with employers and the court system if clients require such services. Outpatient clients may see their counselors bi-monthly or once per month depending on their treatment plan. IOP clients see their counselors once per week or on an emergency basis. If a client struggles with co-occurring disorders, BCDHS offers dual diagnosis support and tailors a client’s treatment plan based on their mental health needs.
The Bergen County Department is involved in many community programs aimed at providing resources for the community. Funded by local councils and state programs, BCDHS helps form parenting workshops, substance-free activities and dances, peer leadership programs in the school system, Drug Awareness Resistance Education (DARE) and the Wellness Initiative for Senior Education (WISE). Clients, alumni and families commonly participate in additional activities to give back to the community and spread awareness of substance abuse and chemical dependency.
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Bergen County Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (BCIDRC) offer clients additional options during their treatment. The DUI program is a two day program that is facilitated for six hours each day. Clients are treated through psychoeducation groups and regular drug testing. The EAP track runs in conjunction with outpatient treatment and additional services including family and marital therapy and legal and financial counseling.
Bergen County’s halfway house provides a sober living environment called Spring House. Clients typically live in this home for eight months where services include vocational and life-skills training.
The Bergen County Department of Health Services Addiction Recovery Program offers clients many forms of treatment depending on their assessment outcomes and recovery goals. Clients may receive outpatient, detox, IOP, DUI and employee assistance programs. All treatment options are facilitated by a clinical staff who are fully credentialed to provide thorough mental health care. Clients with additional mental health concerns may receive specialized treatment that is outside of the scope of 12-step practices.
Bergen County Department of Health Services Addiction Recovery Program
101 Hudson St
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Bergen County Department of Health Services Addiction Recovery Program Cost: Sliding scale. Reach Bergen County Department of Health Services Addiction Recovery Program by phone at (201) 634-2740 or by email at [email protected]. Find Bergen County Department of Health Services Addiction Recovery Program on Facebook and Twitter
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