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With several locations throughout New Jersey, Preferred Behavioral Health Group is one of the state’s leading behavioral health providers for children, teens, adults and seniors. Its CARF-accredited programs include Prevention First, originally incorporated in 1967 as the Central Jersey Council on Alcoholism; Preferred Children’s Services, incorporated in 1987; and Preferred Behavioral Health of NJ, founded in 1978. Among these departments, the organization provides outpatient treatment for addiction and co-occurring disorders to clients of all ages.

Treatment and Staff

Before beginning treatment, clients undergo an initial intake and assessment so that an individualized treatment plan can developed.

Young people under 18 can attend treatment through the Preferred Center for Children and Families. Depending on the level of care needed, treatment follows either a standard outpatient or Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) track, both consisting of individual, group and family therapy. Therapists employ evidence-based modalities in conjunction with psychoeducation, play therapy and art therapy. Groups address a variety of topics, including addiction as a disease and developing healthy social skills.

Adults attend treatment through the Preferred Behavioral Health of NJ branch, which follows the same program structure as above but with a focus on the evidence-based practice of CBT and other cognitive modalities. For clients with a dual diagnosis, additional psychiatric support and medication management is available. While 12-step participation is not always required, clients are encouraged to attend off-site meetings.

Staff consists of LCSWs, LACs, LPNs, psychologists, case managers and additional Master’s-level counselors.


Preferred Behavioral Health Group offers aftercare planning, which can be in the form of stepped-down outpatient treatment or placement in a sober living.

Additional services include confidential healthcare services, parenting classes and standalone psychological screenings and assessments.

In Summary

In all, Preferred Behavioral Health Group is an expansive organization that offers treatment for addiction and mental health to clients of all ages. Its programs are flexible and geared to cater to the needs of the individual. Using evidence-based practices combined with peer support and some alternative methods as necessary, Preferred Behavioral Health Group is a valuable resoure for substance abuse treatment.

Preferred Behavioral Health Group
591 Lakehurst Rd
Toms River, NJ 08755

405 Hwy 35
Ocean, NJ 07712

700 Airport Rd
Lakewood, NJ 08701

848 West Bay Ave
Barnegut, NJ 08005

Preferred Behavioral Health Group Cost: Sliding scale. Reach Preferred Behavioral Health Group by phone at (732) 367-4700. Find Preferred Behavioral Health Group on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

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