Monday, December 31, 2018

Imagine Staying Sober l The Treatment Center

Egg Harbor Township, NJ, November 12, 2018 – Behavioral Crossroads, LLC is announcing their community program called Project R.O.A.D. in affiliation with the Pleasantville Police Department. The agencies are working together several days a week providing outreach and resources to those struggling with addiction and mental health issues in the local community. The Outreach team can be found near the bus station and other key locations near the transportation center on West Jersey Avenue in Pleasantville.
Chief Sean Riggin of the Pleasantville Police Department said, “The Pleasantville Police Department looks forward to our partnership with Behavioral Crossroads Recovery in the fight against addiction through Project R.O.A.D. We work hard every day to get help for those who want it. This will be another tool at our disposal.”
The Head of Community Policing at the Pleasantville Police Department, Captain Matt Hartman stated,“Violent crimes in Pleasantville are on the decline since 2017, but people struggling with substance abuse issues and overdoses in Pleasantville are on the rise. In fact, near the transportation center on West Jersey Avenue the overdose victims are not always from Pleasantville making the numbers true, but somewhat misleading.”
Captain Hartman explained that the overdoses in Pleasantville have spiked since 2015. In that year there were 10 or so; in 2016, 30 or so; and in 2017 over 50. Captain Hartman also said that Pleasantville has become known as a place people can come to get their drugs. He explained the initiative with Behavioral Crossroads has been a good one. He reported that although there are several community policing officers at the transportation center, the Behavioral Crossroads clinical staff has been offering outreach and resources to the people who need the help. He said the Pleasantville officers keep a watchful eye, but the counselors and their
approach is very effective.
Lori McCline, LCADC and Substance Abuse Clinical Director, at Behavioral Crossroads Recovery said, “Our team is very excited about this initiative. We knew we needed to get out to the people of Pleasantville. We are triaging the whole person, not just offering substance abuse services. We are linking people to housing, Social Security, Medicaid and outpatient detox services, if needed. The STORI Fund, State Targeted Opioid Response Initiative, is a perfect support tool provided by the State of New Jersey, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.”
Lori said that in the short time we have been offering this program, we have triaged over 75 individuals requesting assistance.We have placed them in treatment or referred them to other local community resources. We are looking forward to expanding this project to other locations, businesses in Pleasantville and the area to improve local commerce and teamwork in the community.
“I grew up on the Streets of Harlem. I was lucky. People need help and having outreach available in the moment of need works, repetition works, being in their faces works. It is important to meet people where they are,” said Eli Wilson a former staff member of Behavioral Crossroads, Community Leader and Addictions Advocate in Pleasantville, NJ.
Eli Wilson was a counselor on the original team that started Project R.O.A.D. in March of 2018. Eli stated that Project R.O.A.D. was designed to be a 3-step program: (1) To assist the people of Pleasantville, who don’t have the ability and resources to access the  systems of care available. (2) To place people into treatment and (3) To help homeless people into stable housing. We are very excited about the success, progress and affiliation we have with Pleasantville’s Police Department and Project R.O.A.D.
Behavioral Crossroads’ mission is to assist individuals who have mild, moderate, or severe mental illness and substance use disorders with developing the skills and supports necessary to live, learn, or work in the community of their choice with the least amount of intervention from the mental health or justice involved systems. Behavioral Crossroads continuum of services include: AWM Ambulatory Withdrawal Management (aka. Outpatient Detox) from Alcohol & Opiates; PHP Partial Hospitalization; IOP Intensive Outpatient; and GOP General Outpatient levels of care. We accept commercial insurance, Medicaid and many other forms of funding from the county, state and federal government.

If you would like additional information about Behavioral Crossroads or its services, please contact Michael DiMarco at 609.645.2500 x 138 or email him at
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National Impaired Driving Prevention Month 2018

By Clearing Staff, December 25, 2018
Is your drinking out of control? National Impaired Driving Prevention Month 2018 is a great way to recognize your problem and seek help. Maybe you had some close calls while drinking under the influence? Did you know that there’s a way to quit for good?

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 I have a life-threatening problem that once had me.
I now take charge of my life and my well-being. I accept the responsibility.

With the New Year, comes new decisions. The decision to live life without alcohol or drugs is a decision that is made every day by 4C women all over the world. Waking up sober, feeling content in not only remembering activities and conversations from the night before but enjoying the moments comes from multiple decisions from the preceding 24 hours. 

The very first time the decision to embrace sobriety is made, it feels incredibly difficult if not impossible. Racing thoughts and muscle memory for substances can be strong, but with the Women for Sobriety Program in action each and every day, sobriety and recovery become cemented. You are never alone; the WFS Online Forum offers a wealth of information, plus connection to understanding women. You are never alone, for we are bonded together in our decision.

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Can you believe that tomorrow will be 2019! I find myself reflecting on the choices and decisions I made in 2018, over 30 years since I made the decision to quit drinking. Each year has challenged me to make both major and minor decisions and while I have struggled along the way, the decision to quit drinking has remained the most important one of my life. Even though I thought life would be a breeze once I stopped drinking, I soon learned that it was definitely not stopping drinking that was life-changing, it was changing my thoughts, responses and so much more. Yet, if it wasn't for the WFS program, I doubt that I would have made this absolutely necessary transition to being in charge of my life and well-being. I learned how to cope, to feel safe in sharing my feelings and concerns without judgment and to especially embrace the happy moments. In the past, I either kept looking for the other shoe to drop so to speak or completely missed the joy right in front of me. Being in charge of my well-being seemed an unrealistic concept to me. Yet, this is the process that takes place when practicing the WFS Statements.  

For me, it's all about choice. Each day we get the opportunity to react, respond and choose how we will be in charge of our well-being, sobriety/recovery and to learn from both our mistakes and successes. I love how Karen expressed the feelings of tackling racing thoughts and muscle memory as we make the decision to become sober. While definitely difficult, it is true that we are not alone. I am most grateful for that.  

As you read this message and are not sure how to start or continue on this sobriety journey, consider the rewards of sobriety and how that impacts your life and your relationships. Although it may be obvious to you, putting it in writing may be just what you need to uncover, discover and recognize what matters to you and what you are willing to do to get it.  
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