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Soba New Jersey Drug & Alcohol Rehab

104 Bayard Street, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 08901
SOBA New Jersey offers comprehensive clinical treatment and case management services to individuals suffering from substance abuse and mental health disorders. Our services are specifically designed to treat these disorders and to help our clients build a successful future. SOBA New Jersey sets itself apart from other substance abuse treatment centers by focusing on our clients’ self– sufficiency, their life in recovery outside of treatment, treating the underlying causes of addiction, and by providing a higher quality of care overall. Our Goal: To be the benchmark of excellence for treatment programs. We aim to provide the highest quality of substance abuse and mental health treatment services to those in need. We deliver lasting positive outcomes by offering a 360-degree continuum of care and fully supporting each of our clients in managing their life outside of treatment.

Facility Highlights

  • 8 Bed Detox Facility
  • Luxury Amenities
  • Courtesy Client Pick Up
  • Mental Health & Dual Diagnosis
  • Young Adult Program
  • Telehealth Treatment Options
  • 24/7 Medically Monitored Withdrawal Management
  • Medication Assisted Treatment


  • Drug Detox, Alcohol Detox

    Our state-of-the-art drug detox center is located in New Brunswick, NJ. Here we provide medically monitored detox and withdrawal management for drugs and alcohol. A stay in our detox typically lasts 5-7 days and helps individuals recover from their habitual drug use in a safe, welcoming, and modern facility. As addictive substances begin to clear from the body withdrawal symptoms begin to manifest, often in severe ways. Our detox program works to manage the withdrawal process. We monitor and treat our clients so they can go through the detoxification process as comfortably and safely as possible.
  • Dual Diagnosis Treatment

    In co-occurring cases, the mental health disorder tends to be the underlying problem while substance abuse manifests itself as a symptom of that problem. That’s why our team at SOBA New Jersey knows that treatment of both mental health and substance abuse disorders is critical to a client’s successful recovery. A dual diagnosis requires specific treatment outside the realms of traditional addiction treatment centers. The team at SOBA New Jersey is uniquely qualified to treat co-occurring disorders. We are experts in understanding the specific psychological problems and addictive behaviors our clients exhibit and it is with this understanding that we can properly treat both disorders extensively to facilitate a full, comprehensive recovery. Assessing Individuals With A Dual Diagnosis Individuals that enter our treatment program undergo thorough assessments and evaluations. This allows our team to see exactly what their treatment plan will require. It also highlights any co-occurring issues that our treatment plan will need to address. Our team repeats these assessments at specific checkpoints throughout treatment to continually monitor for underlying mental health disorders. Our evaluation process makes sure every client receives the care required.
  • Emphasis On Enjoying Life In Recovery

    Addiction affects every area of an individual’s life, from interpersonal and romantic relationships, to work and education, to identity and recreation. At SOBA New Jersey, our team focuses not only on treating addiction and sustaining recovery, but also on helping clients rediscover themselves by finding out who they are and what they like to do. Clients will find new, healthy ways to fill their time through the many recreational activities our program offers, all in a safe, supportive environment with people who understand what they have been through and where they are trying to go in the future.
  • Client & Family Support Groups

    Group therapy is a vital component of addiction recovery treatment, considered as important and effective (sometimes even more so) than individual therapy. Benefits include reducing isolation and loneliness and providing the opportunity to learn from others in recovery. In the addiction setting, group therapy is run by trained professionals who guide participants toward a shared goal of recovery.
  • Individual Case Management

    SOBA New Jersey implements a comprehensive individualized case management program to fit each client’s specific needs. Issues stemming from Legal, Work, Financial, School sometimes need development. Case mangers work with clients Probation officers and or court systems to help resolve any legal issues. Resume building, Job searches, interviewing skills, filling out job applications along with work ethic and job skills training are all part of improving clients current or future employment status. Case managers work on practicing financial wellness, budgeting, bill payments, debt serving and the utilization of incentive programs.
  • Family Education Program

    This is a Program specifically for the family members, loved ones and friends of clients at SOBA New Jersey. Group members learn about boundaries, self-care, communication and how to best help their loved one. The concepts of enabling are discussed at length, and parents of young adults receive the wisdom and experience from other families that have been dealing with these issues for an even longer period of time. Family members are also taught and encouraged to attend Al-Anon or Nar-Anon.

Facility Settings

  • Luxury
  • Residential Neighborhood

Meet the Staff

  • Jeffrey A. Berman, MD, FASAM
    Jeffrey A. Berman, MD, FASAMMedical Director and Attending Physician
    Jeffrey A. Berman, MD, FASAM is a Diplomate and Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He is the Executive Medical Director of Discovery Institute for Addictive Disorders in Marlboro, NJ and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He was recruited from Bergen Regional Medical Center, NJ’s largest acute psychiatric hospital, where he served as Director of Chemical Dependency Services to join Discovery Institute in Marlboro. Dr. Berman is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) in Adult and Addiction Psychiatry as well as Psychosomatic Medicine. He has been certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine since 1988 and is Board Certified in Addiction Medicine (ABAM). Dr. Berman’s area of special interest in research and teaching is Pain Management and Co-occurring Opioid Dependence. He is also a strong advocate for Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for the chronic persistent mentally ill. Dr. Berman participated in NIDA’s clinical trials of Buprenorphine/Naloxone for treatment of heroin addiction in 2001. Since then he has developed innovative treatment programs for individuals with Co-occurring disorders as well as Substance Use Disorders. Dr. Berman served as Chief of Psychiatry at Fort Leavenworth, KS including the Department of Defense’s US Disciplinary Barracks located at Fort Leavenworth. He recently retired from the US Army Reserve after 22 years of service which included service in Operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. He is currently the Psychiatric Consultant to the Department of Immigration Health (DIHS), a division of Homeland security. Prior to coming to New Jersey, he served as Medical Director of Gieisinger Health Care’s Marworth chemical dependency center and consultant to pain management centers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania for issues of addiction, pain and co-occurring mood disorders. He has taken an active role in the medical treatment of HIV patients in all of these clinical settings.

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Located next to Rutgers University in downtown New Brunswick, N.J., SOBA College Recovery offers residential and outpatient care for young adults dealing with substance abuse, process addictions, and co-occurring disorders including PTSD, depression, bipolar disorder, and more. Medical detox is not available on site. Aftercare planning services are also available through the treatment programs.


The treatment process at SOBA College Recovery begins with an assessment to identify any co-occurring disorders. A team of medical and clinical staff members evaluate each client, and collaborate with the client to identify and begin the best method for treatment. Clients can schedule evaluations by calling the facility’s office and working with an admissions coordinator. Clients can also be referred from other facilities.

Treatment consists of two components, residential and clinical treatment. The facility views substance abuse as the result of other behavioral issues rather than the cause. Therefore, treatment options are designed to treat the co-occurring conditions while treating substance abuse issues. 12-steps principles are used in treatments. These treatment methods also focus on long-term recovery and sobriety maintenance rather than providing a cure for each client’s condition. Treatment plans are individualized for each client.

Treatment follows a three-phase process. The initial phase focuses on establishing a recovery-focused lifestyle where clients break their involvement in various trigger activities that influence their substance abuse. The second phase focuses on teaching clients sober living and coping skills, as well as providing educational opportunities for various topics like substance abuse. The final phase focuses on transitioning out of the program and establishing a sober living lifestyle with the assistance on the program.

Clinical therapy, case management, and holistic health form the basis for treatments throughout the different phases. Clients participate in therapy sessions to identify problem behaviors and to understand how they influence each client’s substance abuse. Clients also participate in recreational and community culture based activities. Sports, dancing, social events, and community involvement are used to promote physical and social development in preparation for creating a sober lifestyle.

Family involvement is encouraged throughout the program and support services are available for family members. Family counseling can be made available as needed. Clients meet with aftercare planners to prepare for reintegration into the community once treatment is completed. Clients are encouraged to continue to participate in community-based recovery groups to promote sober living activities.


The treatment team at SIBA College Recovery consists of a board certified addictionologist, psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, licensed clinical social workers, licensed counselors, a nutrition and wellness coach, case managers, and a personal trainer. Various other activity leaders, group coordinators, and recreational therapy staff members are on hand to coordinate recovery activities. The facility is accredited by the Joint Commission and all staff members are credentialed accordingly.


No information regarding the accommodations and amenities at SOBA College Recovery is provided through its website.


At the time of this writing, has received feedback from six alumni about SOBA College Recovery. The feedback was positive.

Alumni complimented SOBA’s approach to aftercare and life after treatment. Alum Josh wrote: “College Recovery's long term model, and slow integration back into society are what make it stand out from other treatment centers.” Alum Sam noted that the facility “help them ensure long term success and stability.”

Alumni also appreciated the staff. Of the two alumni surveyed about the background and experience of the staff, both gave five out of five stars. Alum Michael commented about the “staff enthusiasm” while alum Kerian indicated that the staff “they made me feel like a part of a family.”

On Facebook, SOBA College Recovery earned 4.8 out of five stars from 51 reviews to date. [1] 46 of the reviews offered five out of five star ratings. Most of the reviews highlighted the program’s relationship with Rutgers University and the effectiveness of its methods. “This is such a great step and is well needed in the college setting,” alum Doris wrote. “Students are sometimes alone in situations like addiction, to know there's a program around to support them while they continue their studies is priceless.”

On Google, the facility received five out of five stars from 12 reviews. [2] Alumni credited the facility with their sobriety and giving their lives a focus. In a representative review, alum Shane wrote: “ The staff at both the housing and clinical facility are top notch. They care deeply about the clients and do everything in their power to help them excel in both their personal lives and path to recovery. SOBA College Recovery changed my life, and I am glad to know it will continue to change the lives of addicts for years to come.”


One loved one has provided feedback about SOBA College Recovery to to date. The feedback was neutral to negative.

The reviewer gave three out of five stars for meals and nutrition, exercise opportunities, connectivity, family participation, and affordability. However, the loved one only gave one out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, the facility’s holistic offerings, and counseling options. “When we talked on phone and chose this facility they told us how they were a leading facility in dual diagnosis and this was just the place for our son,” parent Michael wrote. “They said he would have a psyche exam immediately upon arrival and still nothing after five days....not even a One on one with a counselor!”


At the time of this writing, one staff member has provided feedback about SOBA College Recovery to The feedback was positive, with five out of five stars given for treatment effectiveness, accommodations and amenities, and meals and nutrition.

The staff member appreciated the environment where staff were “working as a team.” Additionally, the staff member, Ashley, noted that the facility’s “model is so much different than most current programs in this area.” She added that there is a holistic focus that includes: “making their first resume or getting back into college (or going for the first time), talking with estranged family or regaining custody of their children, handling legal issues, finding new hobbies or career paths and simply stating clean in the process.”


Treatment costs at SOBA College Recovery are divided by the types of programs available. Residential treatment costs are generally not covered by insurance. Clinical treatment costs are generally covered and are billed separately from residential costs. Insurance plans are accepted, but specific plans or types are not specified. Self-pay is available through certified and personal checks, direct deposit, credit cards, and debit cards (Mastercard, Visa, American Express, and Discover).

The facility’s website indicates that insurance is accepted, but does not specify which policies. Financing and payment plan options are also available.


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