Getting help for drug or alcohol use problems
If you are worried about your own or a friends use of drugs or alcohol, there are treatment options available for teens in New Jersey.
The easiest way to get help is to identify an adult you trust who can help you sort out what needs to be done. Having supportive adults helping you access treatment is important, as getting over drug/alcohol use is hard to do alone.
If you can talk to your parents about it, that's the best way to start. Your parent, guardian, or caregiver will know what kind of treatment benefit you have through your insurance, and will be able to support in other ways, such as getting you to treatment and identifying ways to help you stay safe. You may be worried they will get mad, but most parents would want to know and help you before you get into further trouble.
If you have a supportive adult, such as a teacher, doctor, case manager, aunt or uncle, mentor, or other person you trust, have them help you find resources. They may also be willing to help you figure out how to talk to your parent or guardian if you don't feel comfortable doing it yourself.
If you are involved with one of the following types of services, talk to your assigned worker and have them call PerformCare. You can call with them, or have them talk to us on your behalf (you must give them your verbal permission to discuss your concerns).
- Care management organization (CMO)
- Division of Child Protection & Permanency (DCP&P) if you are in foster care or your family is involved with child protective services
- Court if you have been arrested or otherwise gotten in trouble with the court system, and drug or alcohol use was involved
Your worker will ask you to sign a form so that lets PerformCare know you are okay with them talking with one of the above system about getting treatment for your drug/alcohol use. More information about this process is available and the documents you will need to sign may be viewed on the forms page.
If you are not involved with any of the above organizations, you may call PerformCare to see if you are eligible for publicly-funded substance use treatment services.
If you are not involved with any of the above organizations, you may call us to see if you are eligible for publicly-funded substance use treatment services. See more details about this process:
- Frequently asked questions for youth
- Preguntas frecuentes para jóvenes sobre los servicios de tratamiento del abuso de sustancias tóxicas
If you need information about where you can seek services for substance abuse treatment in your area, please review the below list topics. Click on the highlighted headings to find treatment and support groups options and where you best access them
- The NJ Division of Addiction Services Treatment Directory is a searchable list of treatment services in NJ. It lists all kinds of treatment programs, so the best way is to use the "Detail Search" tab on the left side to filter your search to "adolescents."
Support groups for peer-to-peer recovery can be powerfully effective, and they are free. Many of them are based on the idea that the best way to stay free of alcohol and drugs is surround yourself with other people who are also not users but who know the challenges of staying clean. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are two of the most well-known of these types of support groups. In some areas there are special meetings just for teens and young adults trying to stay drug-free. Meetings often take place church meeting halls and other community centers, but AA and NA are not affiliated with any religion.
- Narcotics Anonymous
For all addictions, including alcohol. Filter searches available for special interest, including youth, gender-specific, LGBT, and Spanish language meetings.
- Alcoholics Anonymous
Please see the below listed areas for AA meetings. You can click on the websites that is near your location to see where these meetings are held. Many of the sites
Central Jersey Intergroup
- Mercer/Middlesex/Ocean and All Counties North
Intergroup Of Northern N.J.
- Cherry Hill/Pemberton/Willingboro/Bridgeton
South Jersey Intergroup Assc.
24-hour toll-free: 1-866-920-1212
- Egg Harbor Township/Pleasantville/Atlantic City/Cape May
Cape Atlantic Intergroup