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
JAN
12
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Parents need to be the Role Models Once Marijuana is Available

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As I was writing this column, the law enabling the sale of marijuana in New Jersey has not gone into effect yet. I expect that the governor already signed the bill and it went into effect January 1, 2021. But don't assume that sale of the plant will go into effect immediately. There is more work for the legislature to do. There is a need for the st...
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DEC
06
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Put the Electronics Down!

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Because December is gift-giving month, I find myself contemplating the perfect gifts for my wife, our children; grandchildren; and other friends and relatives. I am especially focused on the method(s) by which I will be able to share these gifts with the recipients.But that's an item for discussion another time. So allow me to use this platform sou...
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NOV
08
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Holidays are Stressful Enough. That is Especially True in the Time of Covid-19

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It's no secret the holidays are stressful. The events intended to bring us joy during the season — parties, family reunions, work get-togethers — instead become minefields as we try to deal with intoxicated loved ones, or the uncertainty of how to act around someone in treatment and recovery, or for those of us in recovery, maintaining our own sobr...
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OCT
04
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Lack of Sleep. Not A Friend of Our Youth.

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There is one undeniable fact: When your body doesn't have enough hours to rest, you may feel tired or cranky, or you may be unable to think clearly. You might have a hard time following directions, or you might have an argument with a friend over something really stupid. A school assignment that's normally easy may feel impossible, or you may feel ...
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SEP
06
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It’s Back to School. Here are Some Thoughts

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As a parent, I am sure many of you may feel overwhelmed right now about schools re-starting and your child attending classes. When you compound general anxiety parents feel nowadays and add anxiety today about the pandemic, about whether the schools will be ready to accept your child; will the teachers?No matter what, do not panic. Be optimistic ab...
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AUG
09
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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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APR
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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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