If this is an Emergency

If you are in crisis, call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Department.

Help Contact Numbers

Mercer County Crisis Center 609-396-4357

Mercer Opioid Overdose Recovery Program 24/7 609-651-1623

NJ Suicide Helpline 1-855-654-6735

Addictions Hotline of NJ 1-877-652-1148/ 211

Addiction Hotline 1-800-238-2333

Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-572-7233

Child Care Help Line 1-800-332-9227

ReachNJ Helpline 1-844-ReachNJ

Veteran's Counseling Hotline 1-866-838-7654


When to Seek Help

If you’re worried about your own drug or alcohol use, here are some of the warning signs to look for:

  • Often taking more of the substance for a longer period than intended
  • Ongoing desire or unsuccessful efforts to reduce use
  • Great deal of time spent to obtain, use, or recover from substance
  • Craving the substance
  • Failure to fulfill obligations at work, home, or school as a result of continued use
  • Continued use despite ongoing relationship problems caused or worsened by use
  • Giving up or reducing social, occupational, or recreational activities because of use
  • Repeated use in physically dangerous situations (like drinking or using other drugs while driving)
  • Continued use despite ongoing physical or mental health problems caused or worsened by use
  • Developing tolerance (feeling less effect from the substance with continued use)
  • Withdrawal symptoms if substance is reduced or discontinued

There are many signs, both physical and behavioral, that may indicate drug use in a friend or family member. Each drug has its own unique manifestations, but there are some general indications that a person is using drugs:

  • Sudden change in behavior
  • Mood swings; irritable and grumpy and then suddenly happy and bright
  • Withdrawal from family members
  • Careless about personal grooming
  • Loss of interest in hobbies, sports and other favorite activities
  • Changed sleeping pattern; up at night and sleeping during the day
  • Red or glassy eyes

Contact us with more questions 

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Mercer Council on Alcoholism & Drug Addiction
1931 Brunswick Avenue
Lawrence Township, NJ  08648

Tel - (609) 396-5874
Email - mcada@mercercouncil.org
Hours - Mon - Fri 8am - 4pm

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