Traveling and Planning for Rehab in New Jersey

We review the benefits of traveling to New Jersey for addiction treatment. Plus, we offer advice for visiting a loved one in rehab in the Garden State.

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ARTICLE OVERVIEW: A stay in a New Jersey rehab can help you beat addiction. In this article, we look into the cost of living and staying in New Jersey for both long and short term periods.


Why Travel for Rehab?

Sometimes, finding the right treatment program can be challenging. This is especially true when you’ve been to rehab before…and relapsed.. Often, the problem can be the environment. This is why traveling for rehab can be a great option.

A new environment away from your everyday life helps you focus only on recovery. Being away from home takes the stress our of situations and removes triggers.Inpatient programs remove you from the surroundings in which you’ve been using drugs or alcohol. And in some cases, you are much less likely to relapse if you stay away from your normal routine.

But effective and quality treatment must address a person’s entire situation. A good rehab should offer services related to:

  • Legal problems
  • Medical problems
  • Social problems
  • Vocational problems

Reputable rehab clinics like those run by American Addiction Centers look at the entire person. This way, you can focus on recovery while you put the responsibilities and stressors from home “on hold”.

We’ll take a look at how one rehab in Lafayette, New Jersey offers people a chance for a new experience and fresh start. Read on more about all the benefits of traveling to the Garden State. We discuss the costs, provide some useful advice for visiting a loved one in rehab and suggest accommodation ideas.

The Statistics

Do you feel like you’re facing addiction on your own?

We’re here to tell you that you are not alone. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the NSDUH, reported in 2017 that drug and alcohol problems are more common that we thing. [1] Did you know that in 2017:

1 in 9 Americans were current users of illicit drugs.

1 in 13 Americans needed substance use treatment.

In New Jersey in particular, in a single-day count in 2015, over 36,500 individuals were enrolled in substance use treatment programs. Among these, 46.9% were in treatment for a drug problem only, 13.2% were in treatment for an alcohol problem only, and 39.9% were in treatment for both drug and alcohol problems. [2]

With so many people seeking help for addiction each year, the State of New Jersey can be a great place to consider a major life change. Enrolling into a good rehab center will improve your chances of recovery and lasting sobriety. If you’re ready to talk about rehab options in New Jersey, please give us a call. Our admissions navigators are ready to speak with you 24-7, day or night.

PROs and CONs

Choosing a rehab in NJ can be a great way to re-start your life. Although each experience is different, there are some common PROs and CONs in going to the Garden State for rehab. We note them here.


1. Change in environment. Removing yourself from the environment in which you used drugs and alcohol can be crucial for your recovery and long-term sobriety. As you leave your comfort zone you’ll create new experiences. A new environment helps you directly avoid negative influences and triggers. A new setting will give you new perspective.

2. Increased dedication. Traveling to NJ for rehab can help reduce the temptation to stop treatment and to go back to old habits. In the first few days in rehab, you may feel like you want to go back to your old lifestyle. However, traveling for miles to get into rehab adds weight to your decision. Coming this far can make you feel more responsible and committed to your goal of overcoming addiction. But as you meet new people with similar experiences you will feel more connected and more optimistic.

3. Privacy and Confidentiality. If you worry that you may be judged for going to rehab, then going away to New Jersey for treatment can help you stay anonymous. Rehab is confidential and no one will find out that you’ve been there. Plus, discussing your problems in front of strangers might be easier than in the presence of people you possibly know.

4. A fresh start. Going away to New Jersey you’re giving yourself the chance to start a new life with a fresh start. The new location away from home, the four season weather of New Jersey and views on the mountain ranges will help you change, become more positive and discover a new self.


1. Distance from family. Sometimes, it can be a positive thing to put a distance between yourself and your loved ones. Usually, treatment centers allow visitations in the 3rd or 4th week of treatment. Family visitations are organized later on for support. Although your family can support you, you should want and motivate yourself to change your life forever.

2. Fear of the unknown. Going to a new place and meeting new people often means stepping out of your comfort zone. Although it might feel scary and uncomfortable at the beginning, facing your fears is how you grow in life.

3. Cost. Traveling for rehab to another state can be expensive. You’ll have to pay for gas, airfare, and accommodation. This means you’ll have to organize your expanses reasonably and make the trip affordable. Plus, New Jersey’s rehab can be worth the money. Some rehabs even include travel expenses in the cost of treatment. It’s best to look for a rehab with a 90-day guarantee like American Addiction Centers. This way, you can be sure that the treatment will be successful. Call our helpline to learn more. Plus, you can request free insurance verification.

4. Legal matters. Sometimes, legal issues require you to stay local. The option to travel for rehab to another state may seem impossible. However, if you’re working within the justice system, drug courts or judges can authorize travel and treatment to another state. Consult with a lawyer or call us to learn more about the possible choices.

Visiting a Loved One in a NJ Rehab

Addiction affects the whole family. Having a strong support system is an integral part of recovery. It’s important for family members to encourage lifestyle changes. Research shows that successful, sustained recovery from addiction is more likely when family members and loved ones are part of the treatment. [3]

But how can you get involved when you have a loved on in a NJ rehab? There are a few thing to keep in mind when you visit your loved one in rehab in New Jersey:

Come with a positive attitude. This can be very important. You can actually become a part of the therapeutic process in family counseling. Also, call often and let them know you care about them and you support them. Or, send supportive cards through the mail.

Show up on time. The treatment centers have strict visiting hours, so don’t be late and respect their rules. Rehabs often coordinate your visit with some kind of educational class or even family therapy. However, they take into consideration if you’ve traveled long way and will allow you an extra time with your loved one.

Encourage them. Recovery is not easy, your loved one has a long road ahead. So, show encouragement for their progress as much as possible. You can complement them on their looks, saying they look better and refreshed.

Meet the staff. Meet and connect with the medical team, such as psychiatrists, medical doctors, nurses, psychologists, social workers, and therapists. You can learn a lot about the of the treatment process and progress of your loved one form them. Also, don’t forget to thank them for their work.

Travel to and from New Jersey

There are several ways to get to New Jersey from anywhere in the country. Depending on where you live, you can choose to go either by plane, train, bus, or car.

Car: If you decide to go by car, you can use AAA’s calculator to calculate fuel expanses according to the distance of a trip, the fuel efficiency of the car, and the price of gas using various units.

Bus: You can also check for a bus schedule, route, and book tickets, on the Greyhound bus schedule.

Train: You can get different information on scheduling, routes, and prices for train trips at Amtrak.

Airplane: Airplane ticket price varies depending weather you’re traveling during a high or low season. For example, you can expect prices to be much more expensive during the holidays or during weekends. The following costs are based on round trip searches made in 2019 on an airline comparison website:

Tampa, FL – Newark, NJ: $200
Chicago, IL- Newark, NJ: $270
Los Angeles, CA: Newark, NJ: $319
Atlanta, GA- Newark, NJ: $184

Average Cost of Living in New Jersey

The average monthly utility bill in New Jersey is just over $100, which is about 7% below the U.S. average of $115. The average price of a gallon of gas in the Garden State is $1.725. That’s also almost 7% below the national average. However, New Jersey’s grocery prices are the eighth-highest in the nation. Compared to a national average indexed to 100, groceries in New Jersey come in at 107. New Jersey taxes are also among the highest in the nation. The top tax rate in New Jersey’s progressive state tax system is 8.97%. [4]

Short Term Rentals

New Jersey rents are well above average. A studio apartment in New Jersey goes for an average of $1,400 per month. That’s $350 above the national average. A one-bedroom in New Jersey rents for an average of $1,350, which is $365 more expensive than the U.S. average. If you want to rent a place with two bedrooms, the New Jersey average rent is $1,750. That’s $525 over the national average. Three-bedroom apartments in the Garden State go for a $2,250 per month, a full $700 above the U.S. average. [4]

If you have friends or family in New Jersey maybe you should consider staying with them. It can be the cheapest option and can also give you the chance to catch up with them if you haven’t seen them in a while. Another option is a hostel. However, hostels may not be as clean as a hotel room, you will probably share the bathroom or even the room with other people, have interrupted sleep, and often no personal space.


If you plan on staying in Newark, the average price for a hotel room per night is $100.
If you plan on staying in Atlantic City, the average price for a hotel room per night is $65.
If you plan on staying in Jersey City, the average price for a hotel room per night is $150. [5]

When booking a hotel online you can choose the cheapest price first, but always look the location on the map. It’s important to be nearby places you want to visit. Also, pay attention for hidden fees, special deals and read recommendations.

Your Questions

Addiction is disease that can be successfully managed. Finding a reputable treatment clinic is essential for recovery. If you are ready to get help, please call our hotline number. Our admissions navigators can help you review your treatment options. Call today. Why wait…even one more day?

We hope that we answered most of your questions about traveling and planning for rehab in New Jersey. In case you have additional questions or comments, feel free to post them in the comments section below.

Reference sources: [1] SAMSHA: NADUH 2017 Annual National Report
[2] SAMHSA: Behavioral Health Barometer for New Jersey, Volume 4
[3] SAMHSA: Tip 39, Substance Abuse Treatment and Family Therapy



About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.
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