Join Cheryl Semiz in Daytop New Jersey’s Plunge to Recovery into the Atlantic Ocean

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All are invited to participate in Daytop New Jersey’s First Annual Plunge For Recovery to raise funds and awareness for substance use disease.

Cheryl Semiz, is a Daytop Academy Alumna and volunteer and participant in Daytop New Jersey’s Plunge to Recovery into the Atlantic Ocean taking place on Sat., Feb 16th at the 4th Ave. Beach in Asbury Park.

Daytop Academy in Mendham was the first of many stops in Cheryl Semiz’s recovery from her heroin use disorder. She’d been forced to enter Daytop NJ’s program by the juvenile court system when she was 18, and while it took her a few more years, and several other programs, to finally get clean, she has a strong affinity for Daytop.  She says, “In hindsight, I would have saved myself a lot of hurt if I’d been ready to listen to my teachers and therapists at Daytop, but I’m grateful they showed me love, support, and a willingness to help me when no one else would.”

Cheryl, now 26, volunteers regularly for Daytop NJ, most recently on the Plunge for Recovery committee - an event to raise funds and awareness taking place in Asbury Park on Sat. Feb. 16th.  She’s also a member of Team Nancee Pants, which has already raised $539.

Today, Cheryl loves her life.  She turned her recovery into her passion as the director of marketing for Garden State Treatment Centers in Sparta, NJ. She says emphatically that she’s not anonymous; she shares her story with whoever will listen because she never knows when someone will hear her story and be inspired to seek treatment.

More about the Event:



This Sat. Feb. 16th, 2019, at 4th Avenue Beach in Asbury Park, Daytop New Jersey is hosting its first annual Plunge for Recovery to raise funds for the organization while destigmatizing those in need of treatment for substance use disorders.

Registration is at 10 a.m. and Opening Ceremonies are at 1 p.m. on 4th Avenue Beach’s Boardwalk outside Convention Hall.

Participants or supporters can sign up online at under Events or on event day starting at 10 a.m. at Convention Hall

Visit ['s]’s Events Page and click on Plunge for Recovery for parking, security and clothing recommendations.

About Daytop New Jersey:

Daytop New Jersey provides a continuum of services throughout the state, which includes residential and outpatient treatment for adolescents and young adults, outpatient treatment for adults, a recovery-based day school for students in grades 7-12, and a halfway house for adult women.

Daytop New Jersey’s programs and services include:

  • Daytop New Jersey Academy in Mendham: is a non-sectarian, state licensed special education school providing an alternative educational experience for students in grades 7-12 who are experiencing social, emotional, behavioral or substance use challenges that impact their academic achievement.
  • Residential Treatment in Mendham: residential substance use and behavioral health treatment for adolescents and young adults, ages 13 to 21.
  • Crawford House Residential Treatment in Skillman: intensive, comprehensive, and highly individualized halfway housing and treatment program for adult women in early recovery and are indigent and homeless.
  • Morris Outpatient in Morris Plains, Hunterdon outpatient in Flemington, Salem outpatient in Pittsgrove and Ocean outpatient in Manahawkin: Intensive In-Community counseling in Morris County.

For more information about Daytop New Jersey’s programs and services, or to make a donation, call 888-4DAYTOP (888-432-9867) or visit

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