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Ocean County's First Drug Detox Facility to Open in Toms River

38 bed facility to open in Toms River within weeks

Sunrise Detox (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Sunrise Detox (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato's weapons in the war against heroin at the Shore have included everything from prescription pill disposal bins, to drug searches at high schools, to charging drug dealers in the deaths of their customers.

Soon there will be a new weapon: treatment for addicts.

Ocean County's first drug detox facility will open up in a brightly-colored building on Whitesville Road in Toms River later this month, as soon as it receives final state approval.

"We’re trying everything possible to turn things around," said Al Della Fave of the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office. "One thing we know definitively, and one thing we don’t have a control over, is a lack of rehab centers."

Officials are hoping a new, privately-owned detox center, where patients usually stay for five to seven days before being placed in a long-term rehabilitation facility, will be a key piece of the puzzle to getting help for those who are addicted.

"It’s not, ‘hey, come for detox, and thanks for coming,' said John F. Moriarty III, Director of Marketing for Sunrise Detox, the owner of the Whitesville Road facility.

The company has treated more than 25,000 patients at its only other New Jersey facility, located in Stirling, Morris County. In all, Mariarty said, about 85 percent of patients are ultimately placed in a long-term facility after coming to Sunrise, which will be licensed by the state as a 38 bed, sub-acute medical facility.

"It’s the first stage of getting help for someone who needs it," said Moriarty. "Unfortunately, there’s a stigma attached to addiction. People who come to our facilities are often professionals - schoolteachers, business people, even pilots. You’d be surprised. The reality is, addiction can happen to anyone."

Sunrise is "not a methadone clinic," said Moriarty. Clients are kept under 24 hour supervision with medical staff on premises 24 hours a day and clinical staff present for 15 hours a day.

"We just try to be very welcoming," he said.

While the facility will welcome its clients, such detox centers have faced opposition in communities nationwide, despite the need for their services. Toms River's facility is located in a commercial district, not in a residential neighborhood, and experts say those who do live nearby should not be worried about the center's presence.

"These are not a bunch of criminals," said Della Fave. "These are people who want to get help. It’s a critical step to get someone to say, 'okay, I’m done with this, I need help.'"

"The misconception is that there are going to be drug dealers, rapists, murderers there," said Tyler Gorman, president of Waters Edge Recovery, a long-term rehabilitation facility in Florida, and internationally known expert on addiction. "It’s not true, because it’s a supervised setting. The people who are there are people who want to be there."

Gorman has spent time in New Jersey recently after seeing an uptick in residents of his facility having come from Ocean County.

"Heroin is really hitting hard in your neck of the woods," he said. "We're seeing people coming in who are younger and younger."

Sunrise, the Toms River facility, expects to be open within the next several weeks. The facility accepts major insurance carriers' policies and also offers scholarships and discounts on a case-by-case basis, Moriarty said. Daily fees otherwise run approximately $1,700.

With eight deaths already having been attributed to heroin just a few weeks into 2014, officials are hoping the presence of a detox center can help stem the tide of death, which claimed 112 lives in 2013.

"For those who are sick, jail is not the answer," Della Fave said.

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For more information on Sunrise Detox, visit the company's website.
suz February 06, 2014 at 05:29 PM
Kudos anonymous. Keep up the good work!
sandy bottom February 06, 2014 at 06:49 PM
they come out of rehab and use heroin again too,most just go to rehab to get out of going to jail,i have been going through this for over 30 years with a family member,if you are clean for years and you do it again that's a choice, a stupid one but a choice,just say no ,you no where you are headed
Av February 06, 2014 at 07:48 PM
I hope they have beer on tap, they be gettin thirsty yo
Troll Saint Troll February 06, 2014 at 08:32 PM
@anonymous. You just contradicted yourself. Mental Illness is the disease, not the addiction. You used drugs to escape your mental illness. That's what ppl do. Stop making excuses.....
sandy bottom February 06, 2014 at 10:38 PM
anonymous, is your mental illness being treated with drugs?
John Cobb February 07, 2014 at 04:37 AM
Re:anonymous and all others with drug issues, I'm sorry for you, but as a former employer said to me, "Don't let your problems become my problems". In the final analysis we all have some control over our lives and maybe what these people need is to work at it a little harder.
sandy bottom February 07, 2014 at 08:51 AM
yes john, i hope the best for everyone ,its a horrible thing
grace February 07, 2014 at 09:10 AM
@ av maybe the first field trip can be to riggers. wheres your jug? lol
grace February 07, 2014 at 09:11 AM
thats just an @ av joke..the rehab is needed!
grace February 07, 2014 at 09:12 AM
@troll i beg to differ.. @ anonymous seems to be a pretty good guy/gal
Kim Rosamilia February 07, 2014 at 09:42 AM
FIRST OF ALL MOST OF YOU WHO HAVE NO CLUE ABOUT THIS DISEASE ARE IGNORANT...READ UP AND TALK TO PEOPLE...IT IS BY FAR NOT A CHOICE...IT IS A CHOICE THEY MADE TO TRY IT...LIKE MOST DO...JUST SO HAPPENS THEY HAVE A GENE THAT WILL NOT ALLOW THEM TO STOP, THEY ALSO HAVE ADDICTIVE PERSONALITIES AND UNFORTUNATELY HEROIN IS SO STRONG THAT WHEN YOU POSSES THESE QUALITIES U BECOME HOOKED IMMEDIATELY...IT USED TO ONLY BE 6% PURE IT IS NOW 90% ...IF IT WAS YOUR KID OR FAMILY MEMBER YOU WOULD BE SEEING THIS FROM A WHOLE DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE...YOU CANNOT JUST SAY NO...IF IT WAS THAT EASY THERE WOULDNT BE USERS EVERYDAY TRYING TO STOP...THEY ARE BORN WITH GENES AND CHROMOSOMES THAT ONLY ADDICTS HAVE...THE "NORMAL" ONES DO NOT AND WILL NEVER BECOME ADDICTED...Addiction is like most major diseases. Consider heart disease, the leading cause of death in the developed world. It's partly due to genes and partly due to poor life style choices such as bad diet, lack of exercise, and smoking. The same is true for other common diseases like adult-onset diabetes. Many forms of cancers are due to a combination of genes and life style. But if your doctor said that you had diabetes or heart disease, you wouldn't think you were bad person. You would think, "What can I do to overcome this disease?" That is how you should approach addiction. Addiction is not a weakness. The fact that addiction crosses all socio-economic boundaries confirms that addiction is a disease. People who don't know about addiction will tell you that you just need to be stronger to control your use. But if that was true then only unsuccessful people or unmotivated people would have an addiction, and yet 10% of high-functioning executives have an addiction. If you think of addiction as a weakness, you'll paint yourself into a corner that you can't get out of. You'll focus on being stronger and trying to control your use, instead of treating addiction like a disease and focusing on stopping your use. ....WAKE THE F UP!!!!!!!!!!
John Cobb February 07, 2014 at 10:43 AM
Kim Rosamilia you wake the f up, you're just another ignorant person who buys into the "It's not your fault" propaganda that pervades society today. You've painted yourself in a corner that you can't get out of, I'm free to live my life. Screw you and your junkies.
Linda Maloney February 07, 2014 at 12:14 PM
@grace, I was going to say the same thing to @Av, do you think he finally found his 'his rimmers at Riggers'? @John Cobb, I disagree with you on this subject matter. I feel that people that experienced addiction (whether a family member, a close friend, or themselves) can provide us with more insight in dealing with this horrific affliction.
grace February 07, 2014 at 12:21 PM
hey @ linda baloney!!! how you doin?? good night..
grace February 07, 2014 at 12:27 PM
now dearest @ kim not all of us think this addiction problem is a joke. some thing you said was very intersting. it was dont think of your addiction as a weakness...focus on being stronger and controlling use. that sounds like maybe one can still use? then you said not treat it like a disease.. but up above you said it was. i do not mean to be rude or come off that way, i am trying to learn from someone who seems to know about addiction thats all.. .so maybe you mean to say focus controlling every day and not conquering immediately. one step and day at a time?
Linda Maloney February 07, 2014 at 12:28 PM
@grace, we're getting worse than our "MIA" friend carrying conversations from thread to thread! Maybe we're learning how to do this stuff! LOL!! OK?
grace February 07, 2014 at 12:40 PM
hahahahah @ linda baloney seriously where is that guy??? truly missed
Kim Rosamilia February 07, 2014 at 12:41 PM
@JOHN COBB YOUR HEAD IS THE IN THE SAND I SUGGEST YOU PULL IT OUT...PRAY IT IS NEVER ONE OF YOUR KIDS OR CLOSE RELATIVES/FRIENDS AND YOURSELF...YOU HAVE NO CLUE AT ALL WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT...DO YOU THINK THESE PEOPLE LIKE TO DEDICATE THEIR LIVES TO COUNTLESS MEETINGS, PRAYING, THERAPY ETC AND STILL TRY TO LIVE A NORMAL LIFE...YEAH THAT FUN ISNT IT......GET THE HELL OUTTA HERE YOU ARE CLUELESS BRO...IM 47 AND KNOW EXACTLY WHAT IM TALKING ABOUT...BEEN THROUGH IT MYSELF, WITH FAMILY MEMBERS, AND NOW OTHER MEMBERS...ITS NO JOKE TO WHOEVER IS READING THIS AND TO THOSE THAT DONT KNOW EDUCATE YOURSELF PLZ AND YOU WILL UNDERSTAND...ITS A SAD, SAD THING...SOUNDS LIKE YOU ARE MAD AT THE WORLD JOHN GET OFF THIS THREAD IF YOU HAVE NO CLUE WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT...TNX...AND YES IT IS ONE DAY AT A TIME.............
John Cobb February 07, 2014 at 12:54 PM
Maybe more of this is needed, "O blessed Lord, You ministered to all who came to You. Look
 with compassion upon all who through addiction have lost
 their health and freedom. Restore to them the assurance of
 Your unfailing mercy; remove from them the fears that beset
 them; strengthen them in the work of their recovery; and to
 those who care for them, give patient understanding and
 persevering love. Amen."
Kim Rosamilia February 07, 2014 at 04:55 PM
now you got it john
jerseytomato February 08, 2014 at 06:36 AM
Kim Rosamilia - please lay off typing with all caps, and enough of the name calling, telling people where to go, how to feel, and what to think. Remember - your the one battling the addiction. While we wish you well, there are those of us who refuse to give you one syllable of sympathy because you must attend therapy, meetings, pray, etc. Maybe that pity party works on your mamma - but not me.
1stcav February 08, 2014 at 09:22 AM
I see said; the blind man: Thank you Mr. Cobb , Amen . I hope ALL get the cure , YOU have to work @ it and not alone..PTL each and every day !!!
Kim Rosamilia February 08, 2014 at 12:48 PM
JERSEY I ALWAYS TYPE IN CAPS HON...AND I AM SO NOT THE ONE BATTLING ANY ADDICTION...MAYBE YOU ARE CAUSE YOU SOUND VERY ANGRY...PLZ GET A SPONSOR!!!!!!!!!!!
Kim Rosamilia February 08, 2014 at 12:50 PM
MY MAMA....LOL IM 47 ...HONEY...YOU ARE A JOKE!!!!!! FIND SOMETHING TO DO WITH YOUR TIME...IM TRYING TO HELP THESE KIDS...WHAT ARE YOU DOING BESIDES BEINGN INGNORANT????????? GOD BLESS YOU HON...U NEED PRAYERS!!!!!!!
jerseytomato February 09, 2014 at 03:16 PM
KR - 'Sponsor?' Why would I need a sponsor, when I don't drink or do drugs? Your ability to assess one's personality is more than slightly askew. Having watched what Heroin did to my uncle and our family, YES, Heroin makes me angry.
GT February 09, 2014 at 07:37 PM
I often wonder if much of this drug abuse id due to mental illness, PTSD etc. So many people are hurting form abuse etc. What ever the reason and so many look to numb this type of pain. Sadly they choose heroin or what ever substance eases they're pain. Some may think addiction isn't real, but mental illness is. Even people who reach out to the mental health professionals find inadequate treatment. Surely most of us know that the mental health field falls short of helping everyone. and some just fall through the cracks. This all accumulates to drug and alcohol abuse. This heroin is killing people though. Hopefully they can find help...
Kim Rosamilia February 10, 2014 at 03:17 AM
gREG I HOPE SO TOO I FEEL SO BAD FOR THESE KIDS...AND YES A LOT DO SUFFER FROM PTSD AND MENTAL ILLNESS AS WELL AND DO SELF MEDICATE WHICH IS A BAD THING...THIS IS CALLED DUAL DIAGNOSIS OR DUAL ADDICTION...I HAVE A 10 YR OLD DAUGHTER AND PRAY THAT SHE NEVER INVOLVES HERSELF WITH ANY OF THIS I TRY TO DRILL IT INTO HER NOW SO WHEN SHE GETS OLDER SHE WILL BE AFRAID TO EVEN BE CURIOUS WHICH IS HOW SO MANY START AND BECOME HOOKED....I WANT TO START SOME KIND OF SUPPORT GROUP IN TRYING TO PUT THIS EPIDEMIC AT BAY......JUST NOT SURE WHERE TO START THE SITUATION IS SO OUT OF CONTROL RIGHT NOW....IM DISGUSTED!!!!!!!!!!
John Cobb February 10, 2014 at 04:54 AM
Kim, the first thing you need to do is take off the Caps Lock, then you can begin to heal.
sandy bottom February 10, 2014 at 07:58 AM
kim,maybe get a job at the detox center,or they can tell you what to do
Lory S. Bradford March 06, 2014 at 11:32 PM
oh WhO CArES AbOuT Cap lOcKs or SpElLInG ...jUsT WhinErs and HateRs be Hating ... You ain't gonna learn what you don't wamna know !

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