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When Help Is Needed. Do Something.

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Among the many services and programs we provide at Wellspring center for Prevention is a Referral and Information helpline. Someone seeking help for themselves or a family member can call the helpline (732-254-3344) any time between 8am and 9am and a staff member will provide assistance. We also provide an online helpline at www.helptool.org . I am telling you this because recently I picked up a help call from a mother living in New Brunswick. She was upset because her husband’s drinking was getting out of control and was causing a major upheaval in the family. I provided her with referrals and information and hung up hoping that she was able to use the information to get her husband and her family the assistance they needed. But it made me realize that many of you might not be aware of an existing, and not-so-hidden problem. We all are aware that alcoholism...
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NOV
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National Family Caregivers Month

National Family Caregivers Month
On October 31st President Barack Obama officially proclaimed this November as National Family Caregivers Month. This is a particularly close topic to our president’s office given some of his main initiatives in Health Care as well as the First Lady’s initiative called Joining Forces, which focuses on getting soldiers the resources they need when they return home from war. To read the full version of President Obama’s Proclamation, click here and check it out . Being a caregiver is such a general term and many can fall under this umbrella, whether caring for a family member, friend, neighbor, working in an agency, institution, etc. You can be a caregiver for the elderly, the sick, veterans, those struggling with addiction or mental illness, the list goes on. In fact at one point in our lives we all will either be the caregiver and/or be in need of one in some capacity. Given...
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NOV
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Addressing the Opioid Crisis Means Confronting Socioeconomic Disparities

Addressing the Opioid Crisis Means Confronting Socioeconomic Disparities
Came across an interesting factoid the other day. It seems that while about 45 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, only about eight percent succeed. I also found out that New Year’s resolutions may be a tradition rooted in watch night services, which were popularized by the Methodist church in 18th century England as a way to ring in the New Year in a more spiritual, contemplative way, as opposed to raucous, all-night partying. Bet you didn’t know that. I am not big on New Year’s resolutions. Just like the rest of you, I’ve tried the diet resolution, saving money resolution, and so on and so on. I do not recall sticking with any of them. I guess what has always baffled me is the fact that if I were to pick a day to start making a difference in my life, January 1st would be among the worst. It's...
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DEC
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The Holidays Are Hard on Everyone

The Holidays Are Hard on Everyone
By the time you read this, the last remnants of your Thanksgiving meal would have been eaten. The craziness of Black Friday and Cyber Monday are just behind us. And now we start to look forward to the remaining holidays. You know, Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. And of course, New Year’s. From festive parties to the stress of family get-togethers, to the ever present question “what do I get for him/her?” the holidays are already an overwhelming time. But they can be especially difficult for those dealing with addiction, or those who may be just “starting out”. The problem with the holidays is that almost every event involves alcohol in some way; it's simply part of the culture. The temptation to drink or to get high can be hard to avoid. For others, the holidays are a particularly lonely time, especially if their past problems with substance use left them estranged...
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NOV
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Family Bond and Communication

Family Bond and Communication
By Chynelle Menezes During adolescence, a strong familial bond and good communication can prevent teens from making risky health choices. We compiled a list of tips to help you have easier conversations with your teen about drugs (especially marijuana). Be Prepared . Start in a comfortable setting, preferably a relaxed time during a walk instead of family dinner. Make sure your body language is not closed off with crossed arms. If your teen is sitting, join him/her. Stay on the same level to acknowledge your teen’s maturity. Talking about drugs with an experimenting teen may result in things you don’t want to hear, but that’s ok. You want an honest discussion that establishes a bond of trust and security. Know your Goals . What are you hoping to understand through this conversation? Are you looking deeper at the reasons behind the drug use? Try to prompt deep thinking from your teen....
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JUN
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Syringe Access Program Stigma Still Exists

Syringe Access Program Stigma Still Exists
At the start of every school year we are struck by the number of educational leaders who called on parents to get more involved in their children's learning. We also note that many of them promise to make family engagement a key component of their efforts to support students and improve schools. Now, again, is that the time for parent-teacher conferences, as well as a time when parent advisory committees are beginning their work. However, I bet that in many schools it is only the usual suspects who are showing up. Problem is that despite the best efforts of educators, school administrators, and other concerned individuals, we still see and experience low levels of parent involvement in their children’s schools. I know it's tempting to interpret this lukewarm response as evidence that most parents are not deeply concerned about their children's education. But the work that my staff and I have...
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