September marks the start of National Recovery Month. Addiction treatment through our partners Integrity House and Eva’s Village has changed so many of our clients’ lives for the better. Throughout the month, we will be sharing client stories of recovery. Keep checking this page each week for updates!

Governor Christie Hosts Press Conference for National Recovery Month:

Thank you to Governor Chris Christie for speaking yesterday about the importance of addiction treatment, recovery, and removing stigma surrounding addiction. Joining the Governor was our NJRC Ocean County client Rich Wilder, who shared his story about past struggles with heroin addiction, his journey to recovery, and how he turned his life around. Today he is employed at Woodhaven Lumber & Millwork Inc., along with our Ocean County clients Joe Earley and Eric Jablonski, who were also in attendance yesterday. A sincere thank you goes out to Woodhaven for the fulfilling career opportunities and support that they provide our clients in recovery.

Please listen to Governor Christie’s powerful speech:

To view photos from the event, please click here.


Four Ocean County Clients’ Stories of Recovery:
This month, we visited Woodhaven Lumber & Millwork, a company that has hired thirteen clients from NJRC’s Ocean County site. Several are in recovery or treatment and are leading successful lives. The NJRC extends a sincere thank you to Woodhaven for providing its clients with tremendous career opportunities and supporting them in their commitment to sobriety, work, and family.

Joe’s Story of Recovery:
Our client Joe from NJRC at Martin’s Place in Hudson County shares his story of sobriety and reentry. He has been clean and sober for 15 months and has big plans for the future.

Emmet’s Story of Recovery:
“Even though, you know, you have great ‘war’ stories, and you could have fun times, I think recovery is finally realizing that none of that stuff is worth it,” said Emmet, our client from NJRC at the Center of Hope in Paterson. Emmet is a former Wall Street worker who struggled with alcohol and substance abuse. When he received a 12-year prison sentence, he saw this as a major wake-up call to turn his life around.

Angela’s Story of Recovery:
Angela has been through a lot in her life, but after coming through our reentry program at NJRC at Greater Newark Conservancy and receiving addiction treatment at Integrity House, she has now been clean and sober for the longest time yet. Learn more about her journey in this infographic.

Please note, for privacy, this client’s name has been changed and a stock photo is featured.