Services to Overcome Drug Abuse Among Teenagers of New Jersey, Inc. (SODAT, Inc) was established in Gloucester County in 1969 as a free-standing, non-profit agency staffed by professional substance abuse counselors. SODAT has been in operation for over thirty years and has struggled through many crises in which other programs have folded under such pressure. SODAT initially was established to treat youths, however we now treat people of all ages for drug and alcohol abuse. SODAT operates under the auspices of the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Addiction Services. SODAT has been honored to receive two national awards to our innovative substance abuse prevention programs; the United States Department of Education Award for Excellence and the United States Secretary of State Award for Outstanding Program.
SODAT extended its services into Salem County in 1978, Burlington County in 1985, Camden County in 1990 and Cumberland County in 1995. SODAT's expansion into these counties was based on fulfilling an unmet substance abuse treatment and prevention need. SODAT provides a variety of substance abuse primary prevention and treatment services which include outpatient and intensive outpatient treatment and evaluations, student assistance, employee assistance, prevention programs, adult and juvenile criminal justice programs, children of substance abusers programs, school based interventions, parenting effectiveness education and more.
SODAT is a program that continuously evaluates the effectiveness of itself by conducting client program evaluations and referral questionnaires. This feedback is used to improve upon SODAT's therapeutic approach.
SODAT has become a leader and resource center for community treatment and a primary prevention program, in an effort to reduce and/or prevent drug and alcohol abuse among young people.