As Executive Director, Ezra is the Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation. His duties include: Implementing the agency's strategic plan; Planning for program services, staffing, physical resources, and funding;  Monitoring implementation of policies and procedures to assure programs and services are delivered effectively and efficiently; and Establishing and maintaining working relationships with community groups, service providers, government offices, and the media. Ezra also continues to develop print and electronic publications for the Council and manage the agency's web sites and social media efforts
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During the Pandemic, Remember that Older Adults Have Substance Use Issues too!

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There are over 47 million people in the United States who are 65 years or older. What's alarming is that substance abuse among those 60 years and older (including those who misuse prescription drugs) currently affects about 17 percent of this population – that's a whopping eight million people. As a baby boomer myself, and the fact that I work for ...
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JUL
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It’s all about love and enabling

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During these uncertain times, those who misuse, or abuse alcohol and/or other drugs are particularly vulnerable. The stress from social isolation and other COVID-19-related life changes can lead to or worsen substance use and misuse. There are also health risks resulting from chronic alcohol/drug use as it weakens the immune system and puts stress ...
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JUN
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Our Position on Racism

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It is time for things to change; it has taken way too long and the tragic loss of life is devastating. Wellspring Center for Prevention has always been deeply committed to serving the diverse populations of Middlesex and Monmouth County, New Jersey and we are proud of our diverse, engaged staff and Board of Trustees, all of whom are working toward ...
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JUN
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Time for Self-Care!

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The purpose of this month's column is to focus on you, the reader, and the fact that as a result of the pandemic, many of you might be overwhelmed with fear, anger, resentment, shame and guilt. You may feel zapped of emotional and physical energy. And it's not uncommon to develop physical symptoms like headaches, insomnia and stomach aches. You may...
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Fighting the Pandemic with Gratitude

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Considering the state of the country nowadays, I have been spending a lot of time thinking quite a bit about gratitude. Last week, I made the mistake of uttering a slight complaint to my 94-year old mother. She lives in Israel and has been experiencing the effects of Coronavirus while quarantined at the assisted-living facility she lives at. She qu...
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MAR
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Let’s Get Back to Discussing Underage Drinking

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Next month is observed as Alcohol Awareness Month. This observe was initiated as a way to increase awareness of alcohol addiction and also as a way to bring understanding of alcohol's causes, that effective treatments are available, and encouraging people recovery is very possible. Alcohol Awareness Month was established in 1987 by the National Cou...
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MAR
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Carteret Middle School Students Participate in "Say Something" Program

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By Caroline Capriccio, Youth Development Specialist During the first week of March, Carteret Middle School students and staff participated in Say Something Week.  The program, created by non-profit organization the Sandy Hook Promise, teaches students to recognize and speak up about warning signs or threats of potential violence. This program ...
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MAR
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The Importance of a School-At-Home Routine

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Day One at the Amon Academy Home School ​by ShaRonda Amon​ My daughter and I took out her schoolwork packet and she started to get overwhelmed.Her teachers did an amazing job creating daily plans for her class but she kept staring at the amount of work with wide eyes.School aged children have their day planned out for them at school.It is often pos...
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MAR
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Need for Social Media's "Digital Detox"

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By: Kimberly Hill, MSW, LCSW Mental Health Clinician Have you ever walked into an establishment and noticed everyone is on their phone? Have you ever noticed how long it takes a young adult to put their phone away? In today's society, cellphones and media is a part of our daily lives. With cellphone use comes social media. Social media comes in man...
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JAN
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending January 24, 2020

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U.S. Drug Deaths Might Be Twice as High as ThoughtDrugs may kill twice as many Americans as government records suggest, a new study claims.. Click for more Methadone can help people beat opioid addiction — if they can afford it"I'm on a hamster wheel of trying to figure out how to pay this price. It just never ends." Click for more America's Favori...
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