About Us

What is NJ Connect for Recovery?

NJ Connect for Recovery is a free, confidential call line focused on helping individuals and families coping with substance use disorders. A service of the Mental Health Association in New Jersey, NJ Connect for Recovery provides a safe, nonjudgmental place for individuals and family members to get immediate support, counseling, and assistance from professional staff members on substance use issues.

We provide emotional support, education, access to treatment, and ongoing family and peer guidance live through our call line at 855-652-3737 from 8am – 10pm on weekdays, 5pm – 10pm on weekends, and 3pm – 10pm on holidays. Call 855-652-3737 for immediate guidance and support and get your substance use disorder questions answered.

NJ Connect for Recovery Fast Facts

 Our call center employs highly-trained Peer Specialists, individuals who understand substance use disorders and recovery and utilize these experiences to provide powerful recovery support.

 The average length of a telephone conversation between a caller and Peer Specialist is 17 minutes. We urge our callers to continue to call back for additional support, information and advice.

 NJ Connect for Recovery receives hundreds of calls per month from all 21 counties in NJ.

The Opioid Crisis in New Jersey

Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in NJ.

NJ’s rate of a heroin overdose is 3x the national average.

Opioid misuse is widespread across NJ, and with a presence in all 21 counties.

NJ saw a 40 percent increase in drug-related deaths in 2016, the largest in at least six years, the spike was driven by opioids, heroin, and fentanyl.

In 2016, 2,221 people died from drug overdoses in NJ. In 2015, drugs were linked to 1,587 deaths.

According to the CDC, opioids kill approximately 90 Americans a day.

At least 54 percent of patients admitted for substance use disorder treatment in NJ in 2015 had a mental illness or other co-occurring health disorder.

As of May 2017, there were 76,509 treatment admissions reported to the NJ Department of Health, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services by substance use disorder treatment providers.

Via NJTV Online: 

In 2015, the Mental Health Association in New Jersey launched NJ Connect for Recovery, a free, confidential call line for those coping with substance use disorders. Callers are immediately connected to Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors or Family Peer Specialists the first time they call. Call 855-652-3737 for immediate guidance and support.

NJ Connect for Recovery Offers Counseling for Drug Addiction