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

The Way of Recovery is Not Alone - Part 1: Science

The Way of Recovery is Not Alone - Part 1: Science Addiction damages what matters most.  Body, family, career, and citizenship are frequent casualties of the compulsive use of alcohol and other drugs.  How human behavior becomes so self-defeating and how affected individuals change for the better has been described from many perspectives.  Two sources we might expect to have differing views about recovery actually illumine the same path. Science and spirituality both point to positive interpersonal relationships as treatment for addiction.  Many therapeutic factors contribute to recovery, but healthy human connections are fundamental.  This Addiction Medicine Update presents a scientific point of view; the next Update, a spiritual one.  Neurobiology of Addiction Lower centers of the central nervous system (limbic system, brain stem, and spinal cord) give rise to a great deal of human behavior, and these lower centers routinely function independently of higher centers (cerebral cortex).  Simple behaviors that don’t require conscious thought include reflexes, breathing, and body language.  More complex behaviors can also occur without conscious thought; eating and sexual expression, for example, are driven by centers in the hypothalamus (brain stem).  Our thoughts often influence these instinctual (automatic) actions, but sometimes we behave contrary to our intentions—like me ordering a dessert right after deciding I don’t need it. Consumption of all addictive chemicals increases dopamine in the nucleus accumbens (limbic system), causing pleasure and/or relief from displeasure.  Pleasure and relief represent, respectively, positive reinforcement and negative reinforcement, which can train (condition) primitive regions in the central nervous systems of vulnerable individuals to reenact the behaviors that led to the mood change (dopamine increase).  Thus, obtaining and using addictive substances become automatic actions that may be cued or triggered by intake of a little of the substance or by circumstances (people, places, things, feelings) previously associated with use of the substance. Not only may addictive behaviors occur automatically, but individuals with active addiction may also choose alcohol and other drugs over, for example, family.  We may not be conscious of it, but dopamine (and/or the anticipation of dopamine) is motivating.  During active addiction, addictive substances increase dopamine levels far more than healthy, more conventional rewards such as preserving love relationships and personal safety.  This leads to distorted thinking and actions that go against the addicted person’s own values. Neurobiology of Recovery Addiction changes brains and behavior for the worse, creating the unfortunate urge to use addictive substances no matter what.  This drive cannot be eliminated.  It is neutralized, however, when individuals with addiction—who can’t trust their own logic and behavior—invite structure and support that blocks or discourages access to the substances they are addicted to.  Examples would be entering a treatment center to get recovery started and then not carrying cash or a credit card after discharge. Positive interpersonal relationships, both inside and outside of formal addiction treatment and recovery groups, promote ongoing recovery.  They change brains and behavior for the better by enhancing resilience.  Resilient individuals are better able to alter their lifestyle and relationships to avoid reactivating compulsive substance use. To develop at all, human brains must interact with more mature brains.  Throughout life, when we share our experiences and feelings with respectful and validating others, we further integrate emotions and conscious thought.  This improves what scientists call affect regulation, making us better able to adapt, cope, and make fewer self-defeating choices. Too often, individuals in active addiction isolate rather than initiate connections.  When they do reach out to others, biology helps foster their recovery. 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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