Resources to Help
Looking for help you can find it at one of the resources below. Just click on the link and it will take you to their website for additional help and information.
These are 12-step meetings that are for the family, loved ones, and friends of people with alcohol and/or drug problems. Al-Anon teaches its members about self-care, limits, and boundaries. It is a place to meet people who have gone through what you are going through now.
Nar-Anon is a twelve-step program for friends and family members of drug addicts. Nar-Anon is complementary to but separate from, Narcotics Anonymous (NA), analogous to Al-Anon with respect to Alcoholics Anonymous.
Alcoholics Anonymous is the original 12-step program and was founded by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith in 1935. Open meetings are for anyone who wants to learn more, while closed meetings are only for people who recognize that they have a problem with alcohol. People who have never gone to AA before should go to an open speaker, open discussion, or open beginner meeting. Meetings typically last one hour.
NA is a 12-step program t adapted from the AA program. Like AA, meetings are open or closed. They usually last for 60 to 90 minutes. NA meetings are not substance-specific and encourage members to address the disease of addiction, rather than one specific drug.
NA in NJ https://www.nanj.org/
Gambler’s Anonymous is for someone with a gambling problem. Problems can range from lotto to sports betting, cards, or casinos.
There are two Smart Recovery meetings in NJ that are open to the public. The meetings are in Piscataway (M) and Morristown (Th). One must call before going there. Like AA/NA, they are free. Unlike AA/NA, they are led by a volunteer professional. The meetings are based on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
Insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
Open enrollment for this insurance begins on November 1 of the year prior to the upcoming calendar year and ends on January 31. Learn more about ACA and how to enroll.
Health insurance is designed to help those with very limited or no income.
New Jersey’s publicly funded health insurance program includes the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Medicaid, and Medicaid expansion populations. This program is geared to help New Jersey’s uninsured children and parents and guardians who fall within certain income criteria. Qualified NJ residents of any age may be eligible for free or low-cost health insurance that covers doctor visits, prescriptions, vision, dental care, mental health and substance use services, and even hospitalization.
Health insurance is available to senior citizens or those who are permanently disabled.
This medical assistance program pays medical bills for certain individuals of any age with low income and limited resources. To be eligible you must be:
A resident of NJ
U.S. citizen or qualified alien (most immigrants who arrived after August 22, 1996, are barred from the program for five years)
Meet specific standards for financial income and resources
Formerly Food Stamps, NJ Snap is New Jersey’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that can help low-income families buy the groceries they need to eat healthily.
The New Jersey Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children is commonly known as WIC. This program provides wholesome food, nutrition education, and community support for eligible women who are pregnant and post-partum, infants, and children up to five years old.
The county boards of social service can help you access nutrition and other assistance.
Affordable Homes New Jersey
Works with 30 municipalities throughout New Jersey, helping low and moderate-income residents obtain affordable housing for rent and for sale. Senior and disabled housing also may be available. The website takes applications, screens applicants, maintains waiting lists, lists available properties, and helps households get into the home of their choice.
Homeless Solutions, Inc.
Provides shelter for 25 homeless men, 10 homeless women, 10 families, and 10 Safe Haven guests. Guests receive services including case management, transportation to work and necessary appointments, money management and employment assistance, housing search assistance, and daily living skills training. Referral services for counseling, substance abuse intervention and prevention are also provided.