New Jersey Leader Dawn Belamarich, LPC, LCADC, ACS, has been named CEO of Recovery Center of America’s 133-bed inpatient substance use disorder treatment center in Mays Landing, New Jersey. Belamarich, recently named a 2020 Best 50 New Jersey Woman in Business by NJ.com, is a dynamic, respected community leader in southern New Jersey. Belamarich will oversee all operations at Recovery Centers of America (“RCA”) at Lighthouse — one of the top addiction treatment providers in New Jersey boasting comprehensive evidence-based care in beautiful, modern facilities. RCA has treated over 40,000 patients for substance use disorder with care that is affordable to families, as treatment is provided in-network with major insurers so that patients pay only a co-pay and/or a deductible.
Addiction treatment services are vital to New Jersey right now. According to data from the New Jersey state drug information dashboard, drug overdose deaths have increased 20% in 2020. Already 1,339 New Jersey residents died of suspected drug overdoses in the first five months of the year, 225 more than were recorded in 2019 over the same time period. Additionally, in New Jersey, about 87% of people who need addiction treatment do not receive it.
“We need to act now to help our loved ones obtain treatment for the chronic disease of substance use disorder — especially during the pandemic,” said Belamarich. “We are experiencing unprecedented times in not only our state, but our country, and, with the added burden of isolation, job loss and uncertainty, those struggling with this disease are facing more challenges than ever. It is life and death in many instances, so it is vital that we work together to help our fellow New Jersey residents receive the treatment they need,” she said.