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

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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 mail@wellspringprevention.org. 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 www.ncadd.org or 212-269-7797 to find your nearest local resources.
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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 info@wellspringprevention.org.

Children of Alcoholics Week 14-20 February 2016

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Next week (Feb 14th-20th) is Children of Alcohol Awareness Week where we take a little time to focus not on the addict, but those affected by the addiction.

It has always been said that alcoholism is a family disease, meaning that is takes a hold of everyone connected to its devastation, children included. And so with that, we take this week to focus on those kids and what we can do to help them through this difficult journey.

Did you know that one in four children live in a family effected by addiction?

Think about how many kids or teens that is in your classroom if you are a teacher, on your team if you are a coach, or in a group you’re involved with if you are a parent. It is an astronomical number and one that is often never known because it is known to be a silent population, making it hard to figure out which children are impacted.  Here are some other facts of Children of Alcoholics (COA) you may not have known:

  • $32 billion is the estimated amount spend on non-fatal child maltreatment issues associated with children of alcoholics
  • 43% of adults in the US have been affected by alcoholism in their family
  • 78% of abandoned infants have been exposed to alcohol and/or other drugs

So what can we do to help if we don’t even know who is affected? We can be the lighthouse in the dark for these kids to come to us for support. We can make it openly known to all that we are knowledgeable on the topic, have resources, and are there for them to come to us. They do not need to be alone or suffer in silence with a hardship that would be difficult for any adult to handle, let alone a child. There are so many different support groups, youth programs, and ALATEEN for a child of an alcoholic family to be involved in.

Multiple websites can be tapped into to help you during this awareness week, but below are two in particular that I want to highlight. The first is a link of educational recourses that will help an adult feel more prepared on the topic, as well as printouts for kids/teens to make sure the message is heard - http://www.nacoa.org/coaweek_resources.html. The second is a link just for the COA him/herself. It is very kid friendly, welcoming, informative, and great to get the ball rolling on what can be a hard conversation - http://www.nacoa.org/kidspage.html.

Take this opportunity next week to be the guiding light for a child that needs your help.

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