A job well done. N.J.’s biggest drug treatment program turns 50

NJ.com, 8/27/2018

By Barry Carter | For NJ Advance Media

Up until about five years ago, Ed Keegan didn’t talk much about how Integrity House straightened out his life.

Keegan, 69, of Toms River, didn’t want anybody to know he was a recovering addict when the courts sent him to Integrity at 21-years old. There was stigma, he said, in the 1970s toward people like him.

“You never said anything. You wouldn’t get job if you did,” Keegan said.

Keegan is not quiet anymore. Integrity, the largest drug treatment program in the state, celebrated 50 years of rebuilding lives on Thursday, and Keegan is proud to say he’s one of them.

He shares his past now at support group meetings, explaining how Integrity became his family, how this program was the first thing he ever completed after taking his first shot of heroin at age 14.


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