Substance abuse has risen to near epidemic proportions in our diocese, and we know that it is not just the addicted person who is impacted by this modern-day scourge. Parents, partners, and children all fall victim to the disease and the problems it creates in its wake. Catholic Charities is committed to trying to alleviate the suffering of both the addicted individual and his/her family.



Our Services:

Our counselors are able to provide addicted individuals with contact information for detox and rehabilitation facilities in their area and connect families with resources for support.

Often families need someone to provide emotional support and guidance as their addicted family member struggles with the disease of addiction. Families often benefit from learning how their attempts to help might backfire and how to set healthy boundaries that can lead their loved one into treatment.

Once rehabilitation services have been completed, the task of remaining clean and sober begins. Our counselors can help individuals develop relapse prevention plans and begin to explore the emotional issues behind their addiction. We can help families heal from the pain and conflicts caused by a loved one’s substance use and help everyone begin to reestablish trust.

There are a number of risk and protective factors that can influence whether a child becomes involved with drugs or alcohol as a young adult. Our counselors are able to assess various domains of family life to determine whether greater risk exists and then assist families to address those risk factors and seek to enhance the protective factors in order to prevent future problems.

Our counselors can provide short presentations to parishes or groups about a variety of topics related to substance abuse.

Catholic Charities counselors are also prepared to provide support for other forms of addiction, including:

  • Gambling Addiction
  • Pornography Addiction

Hotlines and Helplines

  • 2-1-1 – This number provides clinically trained and supervised telephone specialists who are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to educate, assist, and refer individuals and families who may be battling addictions.
  • 2nd Floor: (888)-222-2228 – This is a confidential and anonymous helpline for New Jersey’s youth and young adults. We are here to help you find solutions to the problems that you face at home, at school or at play.
  • N.J. Hope Line: (855) 654-6735 – A 24/7 peer support and suicide prevention hotline.

NJ Connect For Recovery


Treatment and Prevention Resources

Take an Alcoholism Self-Test


Support Groups



The above graph (from illustrates the steep spike nationally in heroin overdoes deaths.


Statistics about the Opioid Crisis in New Jersey

– New Jersey reports a heroin death-rate that is more than three times the national average, at 8.3 deaths per 100,000 residents. Three counties in the Diocese of Camden have the highest heroin death-rates in the State, dwarfing the State average: Gloucester County (17.2), Cape May County (17.8) and Camden County (20.3). (NJ Advance Media)

– There have been 1,434 heroin-related deaths in the Diocese of Camden since 2014. New Jersey overall has seen an increase in heroin-related deaths every year since 2010. (NJ Advance Media)

– 184,038 people have been admitted to New Jersey substance abuse treatment facilities for heroin or opioid abuse since 2010. (NJ Advance Media)

– In 2014 (the most recent year available) 3,655 New Jersey residents received treatment for alcohol addiction. (NJ Department of Human Services)


Saints for those who suffer from addictions.

Patron of Those Suffering from Drug Addiction: Saint Maximilian Kolbe


Click to read about Father Kolbe.

Patron of Those Suffering from Alcoholism: Venerable Matt Talbot


Click to read about Matt Talbot.