Access to Treatment


Our sons and daughters with an addiction may not live if they do not receive the treatment they need.

• 1-in-2 adults and 2-in-3 teens in New Jersey who seek treatment can’t get it

• 3-in-4 New Jerseyans know someone with an alcohol or drug problem

• 1-in-5 New Jerseyans has a family member with an alcohol or drug problem


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More than 1 in 2 adults (71,000) and 2 in 3 adolescents (9,400) who wanted treatment for an addiction to alcohol or drugs in New Jersey could not access it due to limited treatment capacity.

1 in 5 New Jerseyans has a family member with an alcohol or drug problem.

Treatment admissions have declined by nearly 15,000 over the last 10 years.








Alcohol taxes are expected to reach 117 million dollars by next year. Most disturbing is that since 1992 the amount of alcohol tax revenue that is allocated to the Alcohol Education Rehabilitation and Enforcement Fund, which is a dedicated fund established to disburse treatment dollars to counties, has remained at 11 million dollars.





You can help reduce the alcohol related tax burden to NJ Taxpayers.
Presently $99 million is collected annually through NJ Alcohol Excise Tax revenue, yet the cost to taxpayers is $9.6 billion:

Traffic Crashes / Impaired Driving ...$2,500,000,000
(Pacific Institute for Research & Evaluation, National Highway Safety Administration, Impaired Driving in New Jersey)

Alcohol Involved Child Abuse and Neglect ...$ 305,630,000
(Child Maltreatment Report from the States National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect Data Systems and the Survey of State Prison Inmates, Children Safety Network Economics & Data Analysis Resource Center )

Alcohol-Attributable Youth Problems... $1,292,567,600
(Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center a Project Based at Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (UDEC/PIRE)

Alcohol Involved Violent Crime... $3,552,630,000
(Children’s Safety Network Economics & Data Analysis Resource Center- EDARC)

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome ...$180,800,433
(Burd, Larry Online & Jadar Technologies FAS Cost/Prevalence Calculator)

Sickness, injury, absence in labor force... $118,412,658
(Ensuring Solutions to Alcohol Problems, George Washington University Medical Center, The Alcohol Cost Calculator)

Alcohol related health care costs in labor force $1,407,257,962
(Ensuring Solutions to Alcohol Problems, George Washington University Medical Center, The Alcohol Cost Calculator)

Emergency Room & Hospital Costs in labor force $ 248,162.057
(Ensuring Solutions to Alcohol Problems, George Washington University Medical Center, The Alcohol Cost Calculator)

Total $9,605,460,701




 New Jersey Mandated Health Benefits Advisory Commission Recommends Enactment of Assembly Bill 333 requiring all health insurers to cover alcohol and drug addiction under the same terms and conditions as for other diseases or illnesses and revising statutory mental health coverage requirements.

Key Findings:The cost impact of A-333 on health insurance premiums to meet the requirement to provide treatment for alcohol and drug addiction ranges from 0.1% to 0.2%.

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<<NCADD-NJ briefing>>



 "I can only tell you the experience from my community, Jersey City, where its almost a 6 month waiting list for someone who wants help from substance abuse or drug problem and can’t get it and I guess the issue I have here is where is the money going to be better spent. Are we simply saying lets throw up the white flag about putting dollar amounts or resources toward substance abuse programs?"
Assemblyman Louis Manzo (D-31)



 Businesses Elect Expanded Addiction Coverage to Yield High Rate of Return in Savings, Productivity and Loyalty
The cost of addiction to New Jersey businesses can be measured in both lives and dollars. A fact about treatment for addiction that receives little attention is that people who undergo appropriate care for alcohol or drug problems return not only to their loved ones but also to their workplaces as the productive employees they were before their difficulties began. The savings to companies that provide coverage for thorough addiction treatment are substantial, as NCADD-NJ's Access to Quality Treatment report demonstrates.

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Treatment Works
Addiction treatment research demonstrates that alcohol and drug addiction are treatable illnesses similar to other chronic conditions like asthma, diabetes or hypertension. Relapse and non-compliance are no more prevalent for people being treated for alcohol and drug addiction than among people with other chronic illnesses.

• Treatment is cost effective when compared to incarceration. $1800 to $6800 vs $18,330 annually.

• Reduces criminal activity up to 80%. For example; selling drugs declined by 78 percent; and shoplifting declined by almost 82 percent. Before treatment, almost half the respondents reported “beating someone up.” Following treatment, that number declined to 11 percent, a 78 percent decrease.

• Improves physical and mental health and reduces medical costs. For example, alcohol/drug-related medical visits decreased by 53 percent; those bothered by mental health problems declined by 35 percent; and those who reported inpatient mental health visits decreased by 28 percent.

• Increases employment and decreases homlessness.

Costs of Untreated Addiction

• Untreated addiction costs America $400 billion per year.

• New Jersey’s burden of addiction on state programs for each dollar spent on prevention, treatment and research is $39.64. The nationwide average is $25.85.

• The U.S. Small Business Administration reports drug-free workplace programs costs $22-$50 per employee compared to estimated annual costs of $640 incurred by each untreated substance abusing employee.

• Untreated addiction is more expensive than 3 of the nation’s top 10 killers: 6 times more expensive than America’s number one killer: heart disease ($133.2 billion/year), 6 times more than diabetes ($130 billion/year), 4 times more than cancer ($96.1billion/year).

• Almost 20% of all Medicaid hospital costs and nearly $1 of every $4 Medicare spends on inpatient hospital care is associated with substance abuse.

• Two-thirds of partner abuse victims (those abused by a current or former spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend) reported that alcohol had been a factor; for spouse abuse victims, the offender was drinking in three out of four cases.

Workplace Benefits to Treatment

The vast majority of people who abuse alcohol or drugs are employed. This means New Jersey industries pay billions of dollars in related health care, lost productivity, disability payments, and workplace injuries. The Washington Business Group on Health found that employers that provide standardized, scientifically valid evaluations and access to a continuum of treatment based on best practices have succeeded in reducing this behavior at very little cost.

• A study by The National Evaluation Data Services found health care costs declined by 22% to 55% following alcohol or drug treatment. For New Jersey industries that represents a savings of $680 million to $1.5 Billion.

• The Minnesota Department of Health determined that when the uniform placement criteria were applied, the result was a 26% decrease in the use of inpatient treatment and expensive hospital based programs with no decrease in completion rates.

• The majority of employee managers (83%) believe its better for a company’s bottom-line to help employees recover from addiction than it is to terminate them for alcohol-related incidents.

• A California study concluded that the cost of rehabilitating an employee who had been addicted to alcohol or other drugs is half that of firing the problem employee and then hiring and training a new person.



This website is made possible, in part, by a grant from the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services.
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