Information & Referral

If you have come to our site seeking information, guidance, or referral services for yourself or another person, you have come to the right place. Wellspring is here to provide education and support to those who need assistance confronting the disease of alcoholism and drug dependence.

Information & Referral

Treatment Referrals
Suffering from an addiction problem? We can help you find a treatment facility. You can either browse through our local Treatment Directory, allow us to make suggested referrals by using our self-administered Screening Tool, or if you prefer speaking with one of our professionals, call our confidential Referral Helpline. We are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. You can also contact us via email at While not intended to diagnose a substance abuse problem, each of these options will help narrow your search for a program that best meets your needs. Note that the options provided do not represent an exhaustive list of all available programs or constitute an endorsement of particular programs. However, these are programs we have worked with and have consistently received positive feedback from those who have accessed their services. If you live outside of Middlesex County New Jersey, you can get help now by calling the New Jersey Addiction Services Hotline anytime at 844-276-2777. You can also access the New Jersey Mental Health Cares Information and Referral Helpline at 1-866-202-HELP (4357).
If you live outside of New Jersey, reach out to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence at or 212-269-7797 to find your nearest local resources.
Jason Surks Memorial Resource Center
The Jason Surks Memorial Prevention Resource Center at Wellspring serves as a clearinghouse for free information about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Explore our vast collection of online information and helpful links, or visit us at our East Brunswick, NJ location to access free pamphlets, posters and DVD lending library.
More than just a physical and web-based library, our Resource Center is people. If you need assistance planning an educational program, need information for a health fair, or would like to contract with our staff to provide presentations in your community, please call us at 732-254-3344 or send us an email request at

Reduce the Demand!

image Misuse of prescription opioids is the fastest growing drug problem in the United States. And it will only get worse unless the population, especially youth, realizes that nonmedical use of these potent pain relievers is uncool and dangerous.

A common misconception is that these substances are safe because they are prescribed by physicians and dispensed through pharmacies. Drug buyers can indeed be more confident of the "product" when it's a trademarked tablet rather than white powder in a plastic bag. A 26-year-old said,

"My drug of choice is pharmaceutical heroin." But, just like heroin, these trademarked substances present the same deadly dangers of overdose and addiction. And buying, selling, or giving away these substances is against the law—even if they were prescribed for you.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 100 people die from drug overdoses every day in the United States. The CDC also says drug overdose death rates have more than tripled since 1990, and opioid pain relievers cause nearly 3 out of 4 prescription overdose deaths including 14,800 in 2008 (CDC).

Too much of any opioid stops your breathing. Your grandfather may not be danger because he is tolerant to the amount he takes every day. Or he may be at little risk because he takes a single pill once in a while. But if you take lots of your grandfather's opioid to get high, and you take it all at once or combine it with other sedating substances such as alcohol or benzodiazepines (Valium, Klonopin, Xanax, Ativan, and others), you put your life on the line! Mix drugs, and you can't predict when each will exert its maximum effect on your drive to breathe. If some "peak" simultaneously, you're in trouble. Regarding overdose risk, even the stimulant cocaine can worsen respiratory depression.

Then there's addiction. Like all addictive chemicals, opioids are self-reinforcing. They massage the pleasure pathway in the brain, telling the user to "take me again." Reinforcement is especially strong when a drug hits the brain rapidly because it was sniffed, injected, or smoked. Individuals consuming opioid pain relievers "socially" or "recreationally" can become physically dependent in as little as two weeks. Then they get sick if they stop using. Opioids relieve pain, calm people, put them to sleep, and make them constipated. Physical withdrawal is the opposite: people are aching, irritable, awake, and running to the bathroom. And addiction is much more and much worse than physical dependence. The patient who said, "Any addict knows, you'll do anything to get it" understood people will do otherwise unthinkable things to maintain a drug habit.

We can reduce demand for misuse of prescription opioids with better access to treatment for people who are dependent on opioids and better preventive education for people who aren't. Two problems: states already spend so much on treatment that they want to cut back; and, are there prevention educators with sufficient credibility and proximity to 15-year-olds to actually be heard?

For additional information: NCADD prescription drugs, and PubMed.


The NCADD Addiction Medicine Update provides NCADD Affiliates and the public with authoritative information and commentary on specific medical and scientific topics pertaining to addiction and recovery.  A future Update will describe promising substance use prevention programs for youth.

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