The ongoing pandemic has caused a variety of mental health concerns among Americans. Certain parts of the country are taking the impact especially hard, as public mental health and substance abuse treatment services are overloaded and underfunded. However, New Jersey recently reported a surprising statistic: June saw the smallest increase in opioid-related deaths in eight months.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the state has opened up many new options for residents struggling with mental health problems and addiction. Teletherapy and online clinician services have allowed people to receive life-saving medication-assisted treatment and counseling, preventing relapse and overdose while keeping emergency rooms under capacity. Further, addiction support groups like Narcotics Anonymous have successfully made the switch to online resources, allowing members to feel less isolated and keep their social support systems intact.

These positive changes have shined the spotlight on the power of telehealth services, and one New Jersey organization wants to ensure that telehealth services remain when the pandemic becomes less of a problem.


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Association Could Help New Jersey Get Needed Funding 

The New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies (NJAMHAA) has long been pushing for increased access to health care for New Jersey residents. The statistics seen in June’s report have only given the association further evidence of behavioral health care’s numerous benefits. Debra Wentz, NJAMHAA CEO, recently presented the case for why funding needs to be increased in 2021 for New Jersey mental health services and addiction treatment.

The pandemic’s effects on suicide ideation in young adults, as well as overall declining mental and behavioral health in state residents, have made mental health resources more important than ever. Telehealth options and relaxed restrictions have made it easier for people struggling with financial worries, fears about illness, uncertainty and isolation to receive life-saving help. Wentz also believes many people won’t see significant symptoms until months later, making additional resources necessary now and into the future.

How to Access Teletherapy From The Recovery Village

Telehealth services can help people access addiction treatment, counseling for mental health conditions and general care without ever leaving home. The Recovery Village recently launched a new telehealth app that connects people struggling with substance use or co-occurring mental health conditions to professional therapists and counselors. If you’re looking for a safe and effective way to receive life-changing treatment from the comfort of your home, our teletherapy services may be a good fit for your needs.

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Online therapy platforms like TalkSpace are another great way to access therapy and mental health treatment, anywhere and anytime. However, it’s important to understand that these platforms may not provide the addiction-focused approach that The Recovery Village is known for.

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If you or a loved one is struggling with a substance use disorder or co-occurring mental health condition, The Recovery Village Cherry Hill at Cooper is here to help. Contact one of our helpful representatives today to learn more about treatment plans and programs that may suit your situation. We’re also happy to help connect you with locally available resources and help you take the first step toward a healthier, substance-free life.

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ROI-NJ. “N.J. Assn. of Mental Health and Addictio[…]e funding in budget.” August 24, 2020. Accessed September 3, 2020.

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