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The following resource guide has been compiled to connect those who are suffering from addiction, know someone suffering from addiction or are generally interested in learning more about this subject. In addition to the websites and hotlines listed below, you will find books available within the library on the reverse of this guide. For further resources please contact Library Director Aubrey Gerhardt by calling the library or emailing her directly.

NJ Addiction Services Hotline

Addictions Hotline, which can provide information and referral to substance abuse treatment agencies statewide.  This free service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and information shared is confidential.

Atlantic County
Addiction Services Treatment Directory

NJ Department of Human Services: Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS)
(Print copy available at desk upon request)

Overdose Prevention Act, a.k.a. "Good Samaritan Law”
The law reads that the Legislature finds and declares that encouraging witnesses and victims of drug overdoses to seek medical assistance saves lives and is in the best interests of the citizens of this State and, in instances where evidence was obtained as a result of seeking of medical assistance, these witnesses and victims should be protected from arrest, charge, prosecution, conviction, and revocation of parole or probation for possession or use of illegal drugs. It is not the intent of the Legislature to protect individuals from arrest, prosecution or conviction for other criminal offenses, including engaging in drug trafficking. " 


Dial 211, NJ 211 (one-stop resource for NJ Programs)
One-stop resource for the wide range of programs, information and services provided by the Department of Human Services and its partners, to assist individuals and families throughout NJ.

Alcohol & Drug Abuse Director Atlantic County
Robert Widitz, Substance Abuse Coordinator
Dept. of Human Services, Division of Public Health
201 South Shore Road, Northfield, NJ  08225 Phone:  (609) 645-5932
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Know Addiction: Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse

New Jersey Prevention Network

The New Jersey Prevention Network (NJPN) is a public health agency working to prevent substance abuse, addiction and other chronic diseases by building capacity among professionals, fostering positive collaboration among providers, and strengthening the field of prevention through the use of evidence-based practices and strategies.

Partnership for a Drug Free NJ:

Drug Policy Alliance: New Jersey

National Institute on Drug Abuse

National Council on n Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD)
Signs and Symptoms of Addiction:

New Jersey Quitline
1-866-NJ StOPS
NJ Quitline is a free telephone-counseling service for smokers who are ready to stop. Call today and speak with your own quit coach. No matter which quit method you choose the Quitline can more than double your chances for success.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous

Books on Specific Substances

Truth & Consequences series. The Truth About…

Heroin. (2014) Philip Wolny. YA 616.86.32
LSD and hallucinogens. (2014)  Corona Brezina. YA 613.83 BRE

Amphetamines and stimulants. (2012)  Nicolette Conti. YA CON

Ecstasy. (2014) Lanie Kimlan. YA KIM

Prescription Drugs. (2014) Basia Leonard. YA LEO

Oxycodone and other narcotics. (2014) Kristin Lew. YA 615.7822 LEW

Marijuana. (2012) Frederick Gross. YA 613.85

Methamphetamine and crystal meth. (2012) Lara Norquist. YA NOR

Cocaine. (2014) Tamra Orr. YA 616.8647 ORR

Barbiturates. (2014) Judy Peterson. YA 615.7821 PET

PCP. (2014) Christine Poolos. YA 362.294 POO

Inhalants. (2014) G.S. Prentzas. YA 616.86 PRE

Nonfiction on Addiction

Addiction in America: society, psychology and heredity. (2013) Ida Walker. YA 362.290973

American pain : how a young felon and his ring of doctors unleashed America's deadliest drug epidemic. (2015) John Temple. 362.29 TEM

The Biology of Desire, why addiction is not a disease. (2015) Marc Lewis. 616.86 LEW.

A Million Little Pieces. (2003) James Frey. B FRE

Beautiful Boy: a father’s journey through his son’s addiction. (2008) David Sheff. 362.299 SHE

Echos of silence: letters to a drug addicted mother from the woman who took her place. (2015) Gwen Miller. B Miller

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