(PRWEB) June 27, 2014
Daytop New Jersey held a groundbreaking ceremony June 18, 2014 for the expansion of the Daytop NJ Salem County facility. The expanded outpatient & administration building in Pittsgrove, NJ will create more resources for adults and adolescents struggling with addiction.
During the ceremony, Conrad Peclet, a 17 year Manchester Township High School senior shared the harrowing story of his heroin and cocaine addiction, relating how he injected drugs in his toes to hide the needle marks and used stolen credit cards, resulting in court-ordered residential treatment.
"People's lives are getting saved here today", said Peclet, now ready for graduation from school and rehab after a six-month stay at Daytop New Jersey.
"The new 11,000 square foot Pittsgrove facility will go up on property Daytop bought earlier with a $1.2 million grant. When completed, Daytop NJ will be able to serve 50 residential patients and add a new outpatient program for teens," said Daytop NJ CEO Jim Curtin.
"This property was planned to be expanded way back in 2005 when we opened it and first started serving adolescents, and it’s very gratifying to see it become a reality.” Curtin said. “While adult patients can wait nine to 12 months for an open bed, New Jersey teens can get into residential treatment immediately,” Curtin explained.
“It seems most parents seek help after their children are already young adults and deep into their addictions,” explained Kathleen "Kass" Foster. Foster, and Susan Buonomo, are founding members of the Marlton-based group Parent-to-Parent. Both women lost sons to addiction and have long sought to help other families fighting addiction.
"It would be helpful for parents to increase their knowledge, to know what to look for," said Buonomo, "to catch them at the edge of the cliff, and not try to catch them way down at the bottom of the cliff."
For more information about Daytop New Jersey or to make a donation, please visit http://www.daytopnj.org, or contact Terry Carroll at 973-543-5656 ext. 749 or email tcarroll(at)daytopnj(dot)org.
About Daytop New Jersey:
Daytop New Jersey was established in 1991 by Reverend Joseph H. Hennen, a psychologist with more than 30 years of experience treated adolescents with drug and alcohol issues, to deliver comprehensive substance abuse treatment and education programs to adolescents. Daytop New Jersey’s main campus, located in Mendham, NJ, now offers treatment and a quality educational experience at Daytop Preparatory School to more than 500 teenagers annually, as well as inpatient and outpatient treatment for adolescents and adults at other locations throughout New Jersey:
Daytop New Jersey / Daytop Preparatory School, 80 West Main Street, Mendham, New Jersey 07945, Phone 973-543-5656
Daytop New Jersey at Pittsgrove provides an academic program and both inpatient and outpatient treatment programs for adolescents and adults, 9 Harding Highway, Pittsgrove, New Jersey 08318
Daytop New Jersey’s Morris County Outpatient Program provides screening and outpatient services at 320 West Hanover Avenue, Parsippany, NJ 07054 / P.O. Box 556, Parsippany, NJ 07970
Daytop New Jersey’s Hunterdon County Outpatient Program provides Screening & Outpatient Services at 6 Gauntt Place, Building #2, Flemington, NJ 08822 / P.O. Box 69, Flemington, NJ 08822
Daytop New Jersey’s Clayton Screening Unit provides screening and referral services, 15B Madison Avenue, Clayton, New Jersey 08312
Daytop New Jersey at Crawford House, provides treatment and transitional housing to women in early recovery from addiction to drugs and/or alcohol, 362 Sunset Road, Skillman, NJ 08558 / P.O. Box 255, Skillman, NJ 08558
Treatment at Daytop New Jersey is rooted in the Therapeutic Community (TC) model, with other modalities including motivational enhancement, cognitive behavioral, psychotherapy and medication assistance. The treatment experience is behaviorally based and individualized to meet the needs of adolescents with substance abuse problems as well as co-occurring disorders.
James Curtin, President and Executive Director of Daytop New Jersey says; "The mission of Daytop New Jersey Inc. is to provide highly effective and accessible Behavioral Health Services, restoring hope and improving the quality of life for persons served, their families and our communities. The programs are individualized and provide comprehensive treatment options for substance abuse, including co-occurring disorders. Substance abuse is pervasive in our New Jersey communities and it is a problem that will affect each and every one of us at some point in our lives. It is important that we have a trusted resource such as Daytop New Jersey to turn to in a time of need.”