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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.
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Brain Scans Suggest Prayer Helps Alcoholics Anonymous Members Reduce Cravings

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A study using brain scans suggests prayer may help Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) members reduce cravings.

“Our findings suggest that the experience of AA over the years had left these members with an innate ability to use the AA experience — prayer in this case ― to minimize the effect of alcohol triggers in producing craving,” senior author Dr. Marc Galanter of NYU Langone Medical Center said in a statement. “Craving is diminished in long-term

AA members compared to patients who have stopped drinking for some period of time but are more vulnerable to relapse.”

The study included 20 long-time AA members who said they did not have any alcohol cravings in the week before the study began.

On two occasions, participants sat in an MRI scanner and looked at pictures of alcoholic drinks and people drinking alcohol. They saw the first set of pictures after reading a newspaper, and the second set after reading prayers from “Alcoholics Anonymous: The Big Book.”

While all participants said they experienced some degree of alcohol cravings after reading a newspaper and seeing the pictures, cravings were significantly reduced after reciting an AA prayer, Medical Daily reports. Researchers saw changes in the MRI scans that indicated differences in the prefrontal cortex, the area of the brain that controls attention. They also saw changes in the areas that control emotion, the article notes.

“We wanted to determine what is going on in the brain in response to alcohol-craving triggers, such as passing by a bar or experiencing something upsetting, when long-term AA members are exposed to them,” Galanter said. “This finding suggests that there appears to be an emotional response to alcohol triggers, but that it’s experienced and understood differently when someone has the protection of the AA experience.”

The findings appear in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse.

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