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April 17, 2015

About 36,600 New Jerseyans were enrolled in a substance-abuse treatment program on any given day in 2013, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. That number, which is derived from a single-day count, has been on the rise since 2010, when it was 30,000.

Of those, 40 percent were in treatment for drug-use only and 14 percent were in treatment for alcohol use. The remaining 46 percent were being treated for both addictions.

Despite these numbers, SAMHSA estimates that most addicts are not receiving treatment. According to its studies, only 7 percent of New Jerseyans with an alcohol-dependence problem were seeking treatment, which is similar to the national statistic. When it comes to illicit drugs, 77 percent of those with a problem do not seek treatment.

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