Camden, N.J. – Because New Jersey residents should stay home unless they need to conduct essential business, recovery organizations are providing virtual options for those dealing with substance abuse.

“This pandemic has been extremely stressful for people and it can be especially difficult for those actively in recovery or those looking to get help for substance abuse,” said Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer. “There is nothing wrong with asking for help, and we want people to know that recovery organizations are still operating during the quarantine.”

If you or someone you know is actively turning toward a substance to help cope during the pandemic, there are virtual options to address the issue and determine if more help is needed.

Detectives said Operation Helping Hand is a statewide effort aimed at pairing individuals with recovery services in New Jersey and can be accessed by calling (877) 266-8222.

For those looking for a community or support group, organizations like Narcotics Anonymous and  Alcoholics Anonymous offer virtual meetings by phone or computer. Other organizations, like the Recovery Village Cherry Hill at Cooper, has dedicated websites to recognizing signs of substance abuse and how to get help.

“One of the most important things to remember is that even though you might be physically separated from others, you’re not alone,” said Mayer.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has put together a list of resources currently available. For more information, click here. For a list of hotlines by county, visit this link.

The New Jersey Office of the Attorney General will be hosting a virtual town hall to share more resources on May 7 at 12 p.m. Register here.