How to discuss your addiction with Loved ones

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Genpsych  November 2017

Every life has it’s challenging moments and events but telling your loved ones that you are suffering from a substance addiction can be particularly challenging.  Revealing your addiction can create feelings of shame or embarrassment for yourself while simultaneously creating feelings of fear or resentment in your family and friends. Despite the fact that explaining your addiction to loved ones is challenging, it is necessary if you would like to start on the road to recovery. The information below will provide some guidance on how to break the news.

A brief overview of addiction

Basically, addiction is the inability to stop a particular behavior despite the adverse consequences that result. Addiction can be both physical and or psychological, most often it is both. This is especially true with addictions to substances such as alcohol and illicit drugs.

How to explain your addiction to Loved Ones

Once you admit to yourself that you have a substance abuse problem and make the life-changing decision to begin the recovery process, one of the first things you should do it explain your addiction to your family and friends. This step is essential for many reasons, one of which is that keeping it a secret from everyone makes it easier to relapse into the addiction. Here are several strategies you can implement while explaining your addition to loved ones:

If you don’t feel prepared to deliver the news, speak with an addiction professional first.  These individuals are educated and experienced in all matters addiction, and they will be able to give you advice on how to discuss the topic with family and friends.

Develop a plan of action prior to speaking with loved ones. Whether your recovery includes rehab, detox, in-patient or out-patient, it is important to show loved ones you have a plan for recovery.

Share what types of situations, actions, attitudes, and conditions trigger your addiction. This will help prevent them from becoming enablers or individuals who facilitate your addiction.

Acknowledge and apologize for anything you have done which has affected the quality of life for your loved ones. Addiction affects everyone in the addict’s environment.

Understand that your addiction has affected the emotional, physical or spiritual well-being of those closest to you.

Be honest.  Sugar-coating your addiction or downplaying how much it is disrupting your life will not paint an honest picture of what is really going on.

If you are still currently abusing drugs or alcohol, admit it.

If you can’t handle situations in which alcohol is present such as going out with friends on the weekends, tell them.

Being honest is the key to enabling your friends and family help you get on the path to recovery.

Other things to consider

In addition to being honest and informing friends and family, be aware there are services such as Intensive outpatient programs (IOP). This type of program will allow you to continue working and taking care of your family obligations while getting professional treatment around your schedule. When you enroll in an IOP, your recovery will be managed by a staff of trained professionals who possess the experience and education necessary to recover from addiction and prevent relapse.


If you are currently struggling with addiction in secrecy, be aware that informing your family and friends that you have a problem is a significant step in the right direction.  When you explain your addiction honestly, you empower others to provide you with the emotional support needed to help you remain on the path to permanent recovery.

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Is an Intensive outpatient program (IOP) the right choice for you?

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If you or a family member are struggling with a substance or eating disorder, you may be looking into treatment options. Have you considered an intensive outpatient program (IOP)?  An IOP is unique because it allows the patient to receive intensive therapy leading towards recovery all while living at home.

IOP patients do not live on-site.  Despite this, an IOP can provide treatment which is as intense and thorough as inpatient treatment. Intensive outpatient treatment may be ideal for many but may not be the best choice for everyone.

Let’s take a look at how an Intensive outpatient program works.

Genpsych’s IOP program offers our clients flexibility in scheduling, along with both day and evening sessions.  IOP programs meet a few times every week.

Our IOP program will provide you with a customized treatment plan which will fit your unique needs. The method will include a combination of individual therapy, educational workshops and group counseling. During both the individual and group meetings, clients will work on their coping skills, learn how to manage cravings and be taught stress-reduction techniques.

The benefits of an Intensive outpatient program

There are many great reasons that people choose to address their addictions through an IOP. One of the biggest reasons is the flexibility, this form of treatment allows you to fit therapy sessions into your existing schedule.  Our program will enable you to continue your usual routine of family and work all while receiving intense treatment.

An IOP also allows your family and friends to join you in family counseling sessions.  These sessions teach you how to communicate with your loved ones and help them understand how they can support you during your trip to recovery.

Deciding to use an Intensive outpatient program

An IOP offers many great treatment benefits but still may not be the right form of treatment for everyone. An IOP will be most useful if at least one of the below criteria apply to you:

You are transitioning out of a residential addiction treatment program.

You have not made progress in your recovery in a traditional outpatient program.

You have work for family obligations which make it hard for you to be away from home for weeks or months at a time.

Intensive outpatient program

In an IOP program, mental health issues are often treated alongside addiction treatment.  Managing both at the same time is very important for clients who are struggling with psychological and substance abuse. Not everyone with co-occurring disorders is a good candidate for an intensive outpatient program.  For instance, if you have medical issues which must be addressed prior to beginning addiction treatment.

Addiction is a very complicated disorder. The causes, reasons, triggers vary significantly in each case. It also varies greatly in severity; no two cases are exactly alike. It is essential that you choose a treatment program to meet your individual needs.  For many clients, an IOP is precisely the right path, providing them with intense treatment in a flexible outpatient program. An IOP allows people to rebuild the lives, work on their recovery and coping skills all while living at home and fulfilling their obligations to their loved ones. 

If you think an IOP may be the right choice for you, please contact Genpsych today at

855-436-7792 to find out more.

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Detoxing from painkillers

Detoxing from Painkillers

Getting off of painkillers is a major step to having a sober life, but this important first step can be difficult. Like all detox, it is a process. Here is some info to help you prepare for withdrawal and hopefully help you end your painkiller addiction.

The initial Signs of Withdrawal

Your body begins adjusting to the absence of the drugs in your system, and this can be quite uncomfortable. Some of the most common symptoms include:

● Anxiety

● Irritability

● Sweating

● Muscle and joint aches

● Insomnia

● Yawning

Secondary withdrawal symptoms

As you get further along into withdrawal, symptoms could increase. Examples of late-onset painkiller withdrawal can include:

● Vomiting

● Abdominal cramping

● Dilated pupils

● Diarrhea

● Nausea

● Shaking and tremors

● Increased respirations

It is very important to keep in mind that you will likely crave painkillers during the withdrawal process and may consider seeking them out.  Your body may feel as though you need them to stop the uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal.

Have a support network for help

While going through withdrawal, it is important to have friends and family available to support you when you experience withdrawal symptoms. It is very important to understand even though you may feel sick and very uncomfortable, these withdrawal symptoms will not put you in medical danger. Friends and family can stay with you and and provide comfort, and they can help you keep up your strength with proper food and drink. While there is a lot your support group can do to help you through this process, you may be much better off seeking substance abuse treatment.


The process of detoxing from painkillers.

No matter how strong you feel you are, and think you can get through this all on your own, there is nothing wrong with getting professional help. Professional help will bring better results and help you stay off painkillers. To make withdrawal more comfortable, we recommend you consider our painkiller detox. Our detox program is designed to help you manage withdrawal symptoms and make it less painful and uncomfortable to recover. Professional providers use Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) to ease the transition off of opioids. The use of MAT medications help prevent relapsing by reducing cravings and lessening the severity of symptoms. There are a number of other alternatives and medications that can make withdrawal easier.

Once you have completed detox, continued professional help will make the next step in your journey to recovery much easier. Although opioids may now be out of your system, it is still crucial to seek out an experienced, licensed professional who can address the addiction and help you re-learn to live in recovery. Attending the right treatment program will help you understand your addiction, learn skills for overcoming addictive behaviors, and give you strategies on how you can continue to recover.

Nobody should go through recovery alone. The experienced professionals at GenPsych are here to help you get off Painkillers permanently.

Introduction to Medication-Assisted Detox

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When we think about treating addiction, the use of medication might seem counter-effective. How can taking drugs help someone stop taking drugs? This question is valid.

And yet, the use of recovery medications such as Methadone, Suboxone, and Vivitrol, is proven to be the best practice in medically treating addiction.

These medications help with two things:

  1. Easing withdrawal symptoms that commonly discourage individuals from completing detox, and
  2. Preventing an individual from achieving the effects of drugs or alcohol if s/he tries to use during detox.

Withdrawal Medications

At GenPsych, we use two different withdrawal medications, based on the individual and his/her needs.

Suboxone (buprenorphine)

Suboxone is the name brand for the medication buprenorphine. It comes in the form of a dissolvable sheet that is taken orally each day. Suboxone blocks the effects of opioids, preventing the client from getting high, and is used to treat addiction, not as main medication.

Vivitrol (naltrexone)

Vivitrol, which is the name brand for naltrexone, also blocks the effects of an opioid or alcohol, but comes in the form of a shot that is injected monthly. Because it is administered by a practitioner and lasts for a full month, there is less reliance on the client to remember or choose to take it daily (as is the case with Suboxone).

Medication- Assisted Treatment & Detox at GenPsych

At GenPsych, we utilize Suboxone and Vivitrol in our Ambulatory Detoxification Program, and are able to administer these medications as needed after treatment and for applicable outpatient clients. Medication management is available for all substance abuse clients (as is deemed necessary) in our Detox, Partial Care, and Intensive Outpatient programs.

For more information on our medication-assisted detox or to request an appointment, call (855) 436-7792.


Stress Reduction with Biofeedback

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April is Stress Awareness Month. Stress is described as “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension,” and is a common symptom of many mental health disorders such as anxiety.

While stress is often considered a mental health issue, it involves our physiology as well. Stomach pain, sweating, muscle tension, and increased heart rate are all physical symptoms of stress.

Learning to manage stress is difficult.

We cannot always control the causes of stress in our lives. Challenging relationships, project deadlines, and other factors are not likely to disappear. However, through different therapeutic techniques and skills, it is possible to cope with these factors in a calm and healthy way.

Fortunately, biofeedback is one way to accomplish this.

Biofeedback Therapy for Stress Reduction

Biofeedback combines the mental, emotional, and physical aspects of stress to help clients practice stress reduction.

Clients hook up to non-invasive, pain-free sensors that are able to measure different physical indicators of stress. This data is projected onto a computer screen in two forms.

Data is seen in numbers and graphs for the biofeedback therapist. However, for the client, they may instead see a flower, a plane, or any number of images to represent their stress levels.

Regardless of how that stress is visualized, the client is in complete control of each number or image. During this time, the therapist will engage the client in relaxation techniques. Paced breathing, mindfulness, and progressive muscle relaxation are just a few of these techniques.

Consequently, biofeedback rewards clients when their stress levels are reduced, thus encouraging these techniques.

Biofeedback Center at GenPsych

This spring, GenPsych Livingston will be opening its Biofeedback Center to adult program clients. Biofeedback is effective in the treatment of anxiety disorders and stress, eating disorders, substance abuse, and other behavioral health issues.

Clients in all of our adult mental health and substance abuse programs will have access to biofeedback therapy during treatment.

[Update 5/1: Biofeedback Center is now available in Livingston!]

GenPsych accepts all major private insurance plans. Same day appointments and transportation are available in most cases.

For more information or to request an appointment, call (855) 436-7792.

Our Best Blogs for Alcohol Awareness Month

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April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Established in 1987, Alcohol Awareness Month aims to educate individuals about the alcohol and its effects, as well as addiction and recovery options.

Whether you’re interested in learning more about the science of addiction, current epidemics, or available treatments, GenPsych has a blog for you this month.

Blogs for Ending the Stigma

3 Facts That Will Change The Way You Think About Addiction

Addiction is a mental illness. Unfortunately, many people see chemical dependency as a moral downfall. However, this idea is now overwhelmingly disputed by research.

Scientific evidence shows us that continued use of a substance can change how the brain functions, making that substance seem absolutely necessary to the body… [Read more]


Women and Substance Abuse

Women and Substance Abuse

Substance abuse does not discriminate.

Addiction to drugs and alcohol affects people of all ages, ethnicities, and genders. However, it does affect individuals in varying degrees and in different ways… [Read more]

Blogs about Withdrawal

NJ Alcohol Detox: Withstanding Withdrawal Safely

Alcohol abuse affects each individual differently… About 90 percent of individuals struggling with alcohol abuse suffer mild withdrawal symptoms.

However, in the other 10 percent of alcohol detox cases, individuals will experience severe withdrawal symptoms… [Read more]

NJ Outpatient Suboxone Treatment

NJ Outpatient Suboxone Treatment Options

For people in the early stages of recovery from drug or alcohol addiction, withdrawal can be a major obstacle to overcome. Medications such as Suboxone can ease withdrawal symptoms and enable individuals to detox safely and comfortably… [Read more]

Blogs about Recovery & Ambulatory Detox

Outpatient Detox at GenPsych3 Reasons to Choose Outpatient Detox

When breaking the cycle of addiction, treatment must address both mental and physical health. During detoxification from drugs and alcohol, some may experience withdrawal symptoms, which can make quitting a strenuous process on the body. However, with medical assistance, detox is made safer and easier through clinical support and withdrawal medication… [Read more]


NJ Drug & Alcohol Detoxification

NJ Drug & Alcohol Detoxification: Is Ambulatory Detox Right for You?

In 2015, nearly 70,000 people in New Jersey received treatment for addiction (NJ State Department of Human Services). Countless more, however, did not receive the treatment that they needed to recover. NJ Drug & Alcohol Detoxification is the first step for individuals who are struggling with addiction… [Read more]

Substance Abuse Programs at GenPsych

At GenPsych, we offer Partial Care and Intensive Outpatient Programs for adults in recovery from substance abuse. We also have an Ambulatory Detoxification Program that allows individuals to detox from any substance during the day, while returning to their lives and families in the evening.

All private insurances accepted. Same day appointments and transportation available. For more information on our substance abuse and detox programs, or to schedule an appointment, call (855) 436-7792.

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HEAL Eating Disorder Program: A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life at GenPsych’s Eating Disorder Program

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For clients enrolled in GenPsych’s Healthy Eating And Living (HEAL) Program, an average day might be different than what s/he is used to. Clients at HEAL may be stepping down from an inpatient treatment program, stepping up from outpatient therapy, or experiencing an eating disorder program for the first time.

For frequently asked questions about GenPsych’s eating disorder program, click here.

So, what does an average day look like?

Group Meals

Clients begin every day with a group meal or snack. Group meals give clients the opportunity to utilize the skills that they learn throughout the rest of treatment, and begin to normalize eating behaviors.

For individuals in our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) program, most days start with breakfast. (Thursdays start with lunch.) During the rest of the day, clients will also have a snack and lunch together.

During Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), clients receive a snack and one group meal (breakfast or dinner).

Group Therapy

After their initial snack or meal, clients will begin participating in a variety of skills-based, educational, and process groups.

Clients engage in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) for which they will receive homework to help them learn and practice skills.

Groups also focus on nutrition, body image and self-esteem, relationships, and more.

Creative therapies during treatment include journaling and creative writing, art therapy, and music therapy. Clients also participate in therapeutic yoga.

Groups vary depending upon the client’s level of care and whether they are attending day or evening IOP.

Multi-Family Group

Our Multi-Family Group is open to all clients in program, and takes place every Thursday at 6 p.m.

During Multi-Family Group, the client’s loved ones will get the opportunity to work with the client to improve communication through DBT-based interpersonal effectiveness skills. Through education and understanding, family members will better be able to support the client when s/he is at home and outside of treatment.

*Teen clients will receive on-site homebound instruction during the day. For more information, click here.

For more information on GenPsych’s HEAL Program or to schedule an appointment, call (855) 436-7792 or click here.

3 Facts That Will Change The Way You Think About Addiction

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1. Addiction is a mental illness.

Unfortunately, many people see chemical dependency as a moral downfall. However, this idea is now overwhelmingly disputed by research.

Scientific evidence shows us that continued use of a substance can change how the brain functions, making that substance seem absolutely necessary to the body.

In fact, in some cases, the drug is viewed as so vital that withdrawal can be physically dangerous and even fatal.

As a result, medical or psychiatric intervention is often recommended for drug and alcohol addiction. A combination of medically-assisted detoxification and long-term therapy is most effective in treating this illness.

2. Most drug addictions now start at the doctor’s office.

According to a recent study, most teen drug addictions began with a doctor’s prescription.

The study, which was published in Pediatrics journal, “found a strong correlation between teens’ taking the drugs for medical reasons and then later taking them for ‘non-medical’ reasons.”

A similar correlation was found with illegal drug use. Many teens who abused heroin started with prescription painkillers, which produce a similar effect.

Such statistics raise some ethical questions when it comes to prescribing pain medication. Are there non-addictive alternatives? Are doctors taking measures to prevent dependence? Should they be prescribing such drugs to teens at all?

3. Chances are you’re probably an addict.

Statistics estimate that between 80 and 90% of American adults consume this seemingly harmless drug every day: caffeine.

While caffeine may not have the severe effects that are found with more dangerous drugs, it is just as capable of altering your brain chemistry. Not to mention, it’s just as likely to cause withdrawal (

When you find yourself irritable with a pounding headache before your morning coffee, you’re experiencing a similar body process as those who try to quit an addiction. Of course, for those addicted to drugs like narcotics or depressants, such symptoms are often much more debilitating.

GenPsych Substance Abuse & Detox Programs

GenPsych offers its premier New Jersey substance abuse programs at all four of its locations. We foster an accepting and comfortable environment for those who are recovering from addiction.

Through our Ambulatory Detox Program, GenPsych provides safe, outpatient medical detoxification for clients. This program allows individuals to receive care and support during the day, while being able to return to their lives and their families in the evening. Learn more about our Ambulatory Detox Program here.

We also offer Partial Care (PC) and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) for those experiencing substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Learn more about our Adult Substance Abuse Programs here.

Call (855) 436-7792 or fill out our online request form to request an appointment.


GenPsych Achieves Behavioral Health Care Accreditation From The Joint Commission

(New Jersey–March 2017) GenPsych is proud to announce that it has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Behavioral Health Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective care.

GenPsych underwent a rigorous onsite survey in order to receive this achievement. During the review, compliance with behavioral health care standards related to several areas, including care, treatment, and services; environment of care; leadership; and screening procedures for the early detection of imminent harm was evaluated. Onsite observations and interviews also were conducted.

Established in 1969, The Joint Commission’s Behavioral Health Care Accreditation Program currently accredits more than 2,250 organizations for a three-year period. Accredited organizations provide treatment and services within a variety of settings across the care continuum for individuals who have mental health, addiction, eating disorder, intellection/developmental disability, and/or child-welfare related needs.

“Join Commission accreditation provides behavioral health care organizations with the processes needed to improve in a variety of areas related to the care of individuals and their families,” said Julia Finken, RN, BSN, MBA, CSSBB, CPHQ, executive director, Behavioral Health Care Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. “We commend GenPsych for its efforts to elevate the standard of care it provides and to instill confidence in the community it serves.”

The Joint Commission’s behavioral health care standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, quality improvement measurement experts, and individuals and their families. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help organizations measure, assess, and improve performance.

The Joint Commission

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at


NJ Drug & Alcohol Detoxification: Is Ambulatory Detox Right for You?

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In 2015, nearly 70,000 people in New Jersey received treatment for addiction (NJ State Department of Human Services). Countless more, however, did not receive the treatment that they needed to recover. NJ Drug & Alcohol Detoxification is the first step for individuals who are struggling with addiction.

As the state of New Jersey works to address this epidemic, specifically through restrictions on opioid prescriptions and increased insurance coverage, GenPsych continues to provide a number of substance abuse treatment options that make recovery more accessible.

One of these programs is Ambulatory Detoxification. This outpatient detox option allows clients to safely and comfortably detox from all substances during the day, and return to their families and lives in the evening. Now available in Bridgewater.

Read more: 3 Reasons to Choose Outpatient Detox

NJ Drug & Alcohol Detoxification at GenPsych

Longer Care & Relief from Withdrawal Symptoms

GenPsych’s Ambulatory Detoxification program is able to accept all major private insurance plans. Our intensive treatment is billed at a much lower rate than inpatient detoxification, and is available to many clients who don’t meet criteria for detox coverage.

As a result, our clients receive 14-21 days (as necessary) of medicated detoxification. During this time, clients not only receive complete relief from withdrawal symptoms, but also can be properly tapered off of any withdrawal medication. With a shorter detoxification, clients are more likely to relapse and require repeat care.

Therapeutic Services & Skills Practiced Daily

In addition to detoxification, clients in our program receive therapeutic services, including daily skills and education groups. These services can be carried with clients not only when they go home in the evening, but throughout the rest of their recovery. (Partial Care and Intensive Outpatient Programs are available after discharge.)

While clients are in an isolated environment during the day, they are given the opportunity to return to their home environment in the evening, where they are able to practice the skills learned in treatment. Our daily program is able to address any relapses in recovery immediately, and bring clients back on track.

Other benefits:

  • Comprehensive psychiatric evaluations to determine co-occurring disorders
  • Medication management, including Vivitrol
  • Aftercare planning and psychiatric referrals
  • Same day or next day appointments available
  • Transportation provided as needed
  • All private insurances accepted

For admissions, call (855) 436-7792 or fill out an appointment request form here.

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