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.

FBI Video, “Chasing the Dragon,” Illustrates Opiate Addiction’s Toll

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has created a documentary that illustrates the toll of opiate addiction, The Kansas City Star reports.

The film, called “Chasing the Dragon,” will be distributed to school districts nationwide and can be downloaded for free.

High school students are a principal target audience of the film. The documentary is designed to send a message of deterrence to young people thinking of trying drugs, or who are just starting to use them.

The film features several people who either abused opiates or had family members who did so. Those who abused opiates explain how they began with prescription drugs. They describe how they devoted themselves to trying to maintain the initial high, and how they stole from or lied to friends and family members in an attempt to pay for their addiction.

Among 46,000 drug overdoses counted nationwide in 2015, about half could be traced to heroin and prescription drug abuse, according to FBI Public Affairs Advisor Michael Kulstad.

The 45-minute film, made in cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Administration, also includes interviews with medical and law enforcement professionals. They talk about the effects of addiction and the unique aspects of the opiate epidemic in the United States.

“This epidemic does not discriminate; All across this country, it is taking good people from good homes and leading them down a trail that often ends in pain and sadness,” FBI Director James Comey said in a news release. “This film may be difficult to watch, but we hope it educates our students and young adults about the tragic consequences that come with abusing these drugs and that it will cause people to think twice before becoming its next victim.”

The film can be downloaded for free at www.fbi.gov/ChasingTheDragon.