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

Recovery: Can You Have It Your Way?

image Many individuals with a personal or professional stake in addiction recovery consider recovery a spiritual process and diligently defend the right of everyone in need of recovery to practice spirituality in whatever non-hurtful ways are meaningful for them. When it comes to how these people in need practice "recovery" itself, there is no such unanimity among stakeholders—except for possible agreement that the process won't go very well if everyone pursues their recoveries with the same diversity as their spiritualities.

Decades of accumulated practical wisdom and medical-scientific knowledge inform how various stakeholders think about addiction and recovery. But their individual knowledge bases and points of view differ as well as overlap. They debate definitions of recovery and what the willing person must do or not do to achieve recovery. For a generous sample of discourse on these matters, look at the consensus document from the Betty Ford Institute Consensus Panel, the updated Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration blog, and the thoughtful reviews by William White [Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 33 (2007) 229-241] and Nady el-Guebaly [Journal of Addiction Medicine 6 (2012) 1-9].


The bone of most contention seems to be how strictly to interpret the "sobriety" and "abstinence" that most stakeholders agree are essential aspects of recovery. Historically abstinence has been interpreted in all-or-nothing fashion, which makes it problematic to find a place in recovery for individuals whose abstinence from their drug of choice is inconsistent, or who continue to use tobacco, or whose stability requires medication, especially a medication with addiction or abuse potential such as methadone or buprenorphine. "Harm reduction" connotes clinical and social achievement to some, but distasteful compromise to others. Proposed concepts such as "partial recovery," "recovering vs. in recovery," and addiction as a chronic disease with varying durations of remission are proposed but not widely adopted.

Can we find a more unifying way to think about addiction and recovery? A framework that respects the diversity of those affected, yet also respects the laws of nature that govern addiction and recovery? We know enough about the nature, the neurobiology, of addiction and of recovery to know that people seeking recovery do better when they work with nature by avoiding addictive substances and cultivating positive interpersonal relationships. Those who resist nature by ignoring those two actions tend to stay stuck in addiction—much like someone hitting the gas when their vehicle is caught in a snowdrift. What works in nature is not arbitrary.

Maybe each willing person can simply get on the path of recovery, with the idea that being on that path is analogous to reaching the major leagues in a professional sport. Everyone who makes the majors deserves recognition; it's a big deal. Persistence at that level is an even bigger deal. Once in the majors, however, careers of individual players unfold with enormous variability, play-by-play, game-by-game, and season-by-season. All players have ups and downs, all hope for a championship, and all play by the same rules. Championships are not arbitrary, but—win or lose—it is a significant success just to be in the game! Let us honor the variability that makes the sport what it is!

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.

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