Q: What are the acronyms and abbreviations used by Division of Addiction Services?
A: For a list common acronyms and abbreviations, click here.
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Q: What is the Chemical Dependency Associate ( CDA ) certificate?
A: The CDA certificate program is designed for the entry level counselor as a stepping stone towards completing the CADC. The CDA certificate consists of 72 hours of drug and alcohol education, 2,000 hours of documented work experience in a pre-approved facility, and attendance at eight self-help meetings. For more information, contact the Certification Board at http://www.certbd.com/.
Q: What is the Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) certification?
A: The CADC certificate is granted to those individuals that complete 270 hours of training, 3000 hours of documented work experience in the addiction field, and attendance at thirty self-help meetings. For more information, contact the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, Office of the Attorney General, State Board of Marriage and Family Examiners, Alcohol and Drug Counselor Committee at 973-594-6582 or at their website: http://www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/medical/alcdrug.htm.
Q: How do I help my client stay off drugs and alcohol?
A: It is important to keep in mind that addiction is a disease, and is not the client's fault. Many people who abuse substances experience guilt and shame associated with past conduct. Derogatory comments, threats, and blaming are not productive in changing clients' thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Instead, you can support your client's recovery by being supportive and compassionate, by assisting them in making better decisions when faced with risky situations, and by helping them to explore alternatives when handling life issues and disappointments.
Q: Why do so many clients relapse?
A: Addiction is a chronic, progressive, and often fatal disease characterized by irrational thoughts and habitual behaviors. Clients often find themselves drawn back to abusing substances due to intense psychological and/or physiological cravings. In addition, some clients fail to make behavioral changes that are essential to maintaining a successful, long-lasting recovery program. Recovery requires a life-long commitment that not only demands complete abstinence from all drugs, but also requires life style changes that include supportive counseling and/or self-help meeting involvement.
Q: What is the connection between substance abuse and child abuse?
A: A 1993 study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that children in alcohol abusing families were nearly 4 times more likely to be abused and neglected overall, almost 5 times more likely to be physically neglected and 10 times more likely to be emotionally neglected than children in non-alcohol abusing families. Estimates suggest that 40 to 80 percent of all child abuse cases substantiated by child protective agencies involve some degree of substance abuse by the child's parents.
Q: Does a person need to hit rock bottom in order to get help for alcohol and/or other drugs?
A: This was a commonly held belief held by clients and treatment providers for many years. Clients do not have to hit rock bottom in order to get help. Many clients recognize that their current behaviors are not helping them to maintain and/or achieve life goals. As a result, they often make a decision to seek treatment.
Q: How long does someone need to be on methadone maintenance?
A: Methadone Maintenance is a medical assisted, evidenced based treatment option that manages the disease of opiate addiction. The goal of maintenance treatment is to reduce illegal heroin use and the crime, death, and disease associated with heroin addiction. When taken as prescribed, methadone maintenance is intended to: 1) relive withdrawal symptoms caused from heroin and other opiates, 2) block the effects of opiates, and 3) keep the client comfortable by eliminating the strong cravings for street opiates, which is often a major factor in relapse. It is important to note when used in proper doses, methadone does not create, euphoria, sedation, and/or an analgesic effect. In addition, in order to meet state and federal standards, a methadone maintenance program must ensure that clients attend counseling and self-help meetings. For that reason, the length of time that someone remains on methadone maintenance is a decision that is made between the client and the treatment agency.
Q: Does a person have to want treatment for it to work?
A: Again, this was a commonly held belief that is still reinforced by many. When a client uses substances their thinking, their judgment, and their ability to make good decisions are altered. Many clients believe they have control over their lives, but in actuality they do not. Their inability to look at their behaviors objectivety affects their capacity to make good decisions. Therefore, expecting all clients to want recovery when they initially enter treatment may be unrealistic. During the treatment process, however, clients discover the nature of addiction and what is required to build a strong recovery program. The client eventually accepts that their substance abuse has become unmanageable, and that a successful recovery program warrants honesty, openness, and willingness.
Q: How many AA meetings does my client need to go to?
A: This is an individual decision between the client, their counselor, and/or the treatment agency, etc. Some members of AA strongly adhere to a 90 meetings in 90 days philosophy. This may not be practical for all clients. Some clients need the structure, support, and consistency of daily AA meetings. Others may feel comfortable attending 2 to 4 meetings per week. The goal of self-help meetings is to provide the client with camaraderie, support, addiction education, and to reinforce the promises of a recovery life-style. In addition, meetings help clients through the recovery process by providing a sober support network and sponsorship.
Q: How can I report a treatment agency that is not serving the best interests of our clients?
A: If you suspect that an agency is not delivering services in a professional manner you can contact the Division of Addiction Services at
609-292-7232. The Division investigates complaints regarding program deficits, client safety, and patient rights. All information reported is anonymous.
Q: Where can I go to find more information about alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs?
A: The New Jersey Prevention Network (NJPN) subcontracts with its member agencies to provide a resource center in each of New Jersey's 21 counties. Each center provides education, information, resource materials, and technical assistance on alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. You can contact NJPN at 732-367-0611 or at their website http://www.njpn.org/.