MAY
15
0

Join Us for the 2019 Wellspring/CJFHC Conference

Women--Opioids-2
From Risk to Resiliency – Focus on Women across the Lifespan Women are at particular risk for substance misuse as compared to their male counterparts.Women are impacted by the opioid epidemic at noticeable higher rates than males and alcohol abuse affects women differently than it affects men, even when they drink smaller amounts.Women need unique ...
Continue reading
0
  36 Hits
36 Hits
MAY
13
0

National Prevention Week – Monday May13th Topic: Preventing Prescription and Opioid Drug Misuse

Pills-in-woman-hand
By Jenna Bonstein, Preventionist I After reading the article "A Hard Pill to Swallow", written by Lisa Fields in the May 2019 issue of SJ (South Jersey) Magazine, I was inspired to share my thoughts about the important message of the opioid epidemic dealing with women in particular.  The subject of the article, Kim Govak, was a young woman whe...
Continue reading
0
  124 Hits
124 Hits
MAY
13
0

National Prevention Week 2019

npw2019_esignature_508
National Prevention Week (NPW) is a SAMHSA-sponsored campaign dedicated to increasing the prevention of substance use and promotion of mental health by promoting prevention year-round.  The week-long National Prevention Week observance that occurs each May brings individuals, organizations, coalitions, states, and communities together to celeb...
Continue reading
0
  41 Hits
41 Hits
MAY
06
0

Building Skills for Lasting Happiness

Happify
By: Gina-Marie Miraglia, Preventionist I "Happiness is a skill that can be strengthened" which is the core mission of Happify.  Happify is an online tool that focuses on positive psychology to strengthen a person's skills to live a meaningful and 'happy' life. This evidence-based online tool empowers people to take control of their emotional h...
Continue reading
0
  51 Hits
51 Hits
MAY
06
0

Getting Insurance After Addiction

administration-black-and-white-hand-968241
By Sally Perkins While addiction costs America around $200 billion in lost productivity, crime and health care, the costs to you and your family can run much deeper. Even if you have been drug or alcohol-free for a long time, your previous addiction can still have a huge impact across your life. Many people with a history of addiction find that get...
Continue reading
1
  57 Hits
57 Hits
APR
22
0

It’s Time Again to Clean-Out Your Medicine Cabinet

DEA_TakeBack2019__Final_0
On Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. many local agencies will team-up with the Drug Enforcement Administration to give the public its 15th opportunity in seven years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. For more information about this event and to find locations where to drop off your unused medicines, go to https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/ .   To locate a collection site near you, go to http://tinyurl.com/https-apps-deadiversion-usdo . Americans nationwide did their part to drop off a record number of unused, unwanted or expired prescription medications during the DEA’s 2018 15th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, at close to 6,000 sites across the country. Together with a record-setting amount of local, state and federal partners, DEA collected and destroyed close to one million pounds-nearly 475 tons-of potentially dangerous...
Continue reading
0
  87 Hits
87 Hits
APR
18
0

How Prevalent Is Bullying?

Bullying-2
Written by Jenny Silverstone Bullying can happen in different places, it could be at school, whether in class, in the hallways, or at the playground. Maybe your child attends an after-school club, plays a sport, or goes to the mall. Bullies generally operate in areas where youths congregate and there is minimal adult supervision. With technology , even the home is no longer a safe haven. Your child could be the victim of cyber-bullying via online devices or cell phones. In the U.S., between 20 and 28 percent of children in grades 6-12 will experience bullying. Less than half the children in America, about 40 percent, that are bullied will report it to an adult ( source ). In surveys, approximately 30 percent of children admit to having bullied others. These percentages increase when it comes to bullies being observed in the act. Just over 70 percent of children and school...
Continue reading
0
  73 Hits
73 Hits
APR
11
0

April is Alcohol Awareness Month!

alcohol-awareness
Written by Caroline Capriccio, Wellspring intern Founded and sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (now Facing Addiction with NCADD), Alcohol Awareness Month provides a focused opportunity to increase awareness and understanding of alcohol addiction, its causes, effective treatment, and recovery. Established in 1987, Alcohol Awareness Month was developed to reduce the stigma associated with addiction. The goal is to encourage communities to reach out to the public and share information about alcoholism and recovery. The 2019 theme, “Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow,” is designed to draw attention to the pervasive impact that alcohol has on young people, their friends, families, and communities. This message highlights the reality that help is available and recovery is possible. The month of April will be filled with local, state, and national events aimed at educating people about prevention and treatment of alcohol addiction. These events provide youth and their families...
Continue reading
0
  52 Hits
52 Hits
MAR
07
0

Nicki Francis Receives Friend of a SAC Award

Nicki-and-friends-2
Nicki Francis, Coordinator of Program and Professional Development at Wellspring Center for Prevention recently received the Friend of a SAC Award. The award was handed out by the Association of Student Assistance Professionals of N.J. (ASAP-NJ). ASAP-NJ is an organization of individuals employed in schools, agencies or school-based programs whose functions include advocating and developing a school-based student assistance/substance awareness program. The group meets the needs of youth in the education, prevention, intervention, and referral services for high-risk behaviors, including substance abuse and violence issues. When Nicki joined Wellspring she brought with her a wealth of experience in prevention program development and delivery. She is multi-certified in several evidenced-based prevention programs and she has trained many professionals on Harassment Intimidation and Bullying (HIB) and Bullying Prevention, Creating Climate Change in School and SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment). She is also experienced in effective practices to ensure community level...
Continue reading
0
  1514 Hits
1514 Hits
MAR
04
0

Using Telehealth to Combat Substance Abuse

19100487
Written by: Caroline Capriccio, Wellspring Intern It is no secret that the United States is facing a major drug epidemic. Substance abuse has become a public health crisis that demands urgent priority and innovative solutions. But with the advent of the Internet and smartphones, researchers have found new ways to connect with patients. Telehealth is a promising tool for treating and supporting individuals with substance use disorders. Telehealth uses technology to provide access to services and makes it possible for patients to receive screenings and counseling without traveling to a provider's office. Telehealth is not limited to a single form of technology. Platforms include computerized screening and assessment tools, telephone-based services, smartphone applications, video-conferencing, and secure recovery support chats. There are many reasons to pursue treatment through telehealth, and often they’re related to overcoming barriers to care. These might include the stigma associated with seeking help, lack of access to providers...
Continue reading
3
  128 Hits
128 Hits

Subscribe to Our Blogs