FAQ

Below are some frequently asked questions, with brief answers provided.  If you would like more information or have other questions, please feel free to contact us.

  • Can New Beginnings help with a crisis or emergency?

No.  Do not call or attend our group if you are in crisis.

If you have an emergency or feel like hurting yourself or others, do one of the following NOW:
    • Call 911
    • Go to the emergency room of your local hospital
    • Call one of these hotlines:
      • NJ Hopeline:  1-855-654-6735
      • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  1-800-273-TALK (8255)
      • National Hopeline Network:  1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
  • Are there any professionals such as doctors, nurses, therapists, or other counselors at New Beginnings?

No.  This is a self-help group.  All facilitators are equal peers from among our group.  We cannot provide professional services and we do not give advice or tell you what wellness plan is best for you.

However, many of us do see professionals and take medicine.  We recognize that professional treatment can be part of an overall wellness plan.

If you are seeking professional treatment, please contact a professional.  If you have an emergency: call 911, go to the hospital, or contact a crisis hotline now.

  • Can you give me a referral for a specific doctor, therapist, or other professional?

No.  Because we don’t give advice, we cannot make referrals.  Click here to see info on professional referral services.

  • Do I need to do anything special before attending a meeting?

No.  You are welcome to just show up.  If you would like to talk to someone or find out more information, feel free to contact us.  We do suggest reviewing our group guidelines, which allow our meetings to run smoothly, so you’ll know more about what to expect.

  • Do I need to bring anything?

No.  You won’t need anything but yourself!

  • Is there a cost to attend New Beginnings?

No, our group is free.  There is a donation box available at the meetings for those who are able and choose to contribute.  No one is expected to do so.  These donations simply cover our many group expenses.  We are totally self-supporting and do not accept funding from outside sources.

  • What is the size of the group?

It varies.  When attendance is large, we divide into smaller groups in separate rooms so that everyone gets reasonable time to share.

  • What are the ages of those who attend your group?

Most groups have a mix of all ages, from young adults to seniors.  Our group is for adults 19 and older.

  • I have a reason why I might be late or need to leave early.  Is that okay?

Yes.  We do encourage everyone to arrive on time and stay until the end.  However, our doors are always open because we understand that there are many reasons why someone might have to arrive late or leave early.  No matter what, all meetings start and end on time.

  • Can I talk about medications at New Beginnings?

We can talk about meds as long as we don’t name them.  For example, instead of saying “Prozac”, please just say “antidepressant”.  This also applies to over-the-counter medicine, vitamins, herbal remedies, dietary supplements, etc.

If you mention medicine, please speak only about how your meds or side effects are affecting you.  We want to avoid giving anyone ideas about what they should or shouldn’t be taking.

  • Is New Beginnings a 12-step program?

No.  We don’t follow any type of program or hand out literature.  We use a group discussion format to share positive support and learn from one another.  The discussion is directed by a facilitator according to our group guidelines.

  • Are you affiliated with the church where you meet?

No.  Our group is not religion-based and has no other affiliations.  We are grateful to the church for providing us with a place to meet.  We welcome you regardless of your religious beliefs.

  • Can children come to the meetings?

No.  Our group is for adults 19 and older.