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

Alcohol and Smoking Linked to Premature Death in Many Cancers

Alcohol and Smoking Linked to Premature Death in Many CancersA new study shows that 11 of the 15 cancers responsible for premature death and loss of healthy life years in US residents are closely linked to smoking and alcohol.The report was published online October 18 in the Journal of Preventive Medicine.The loss of healthy years of life is measured as disability-adjusted life years (DALYs). One DALY is the equivalent to loss of 1 year of healthy life and is a combined measure of mortality, incidence, survival, and quality of life.In a story that appeared in Medscape Medical News, the report shows that men and women shared the cancer burden equally, with each group losing 4.9 DALYs of healthy life years. However, the cancer burden was 20% to 30% higher in African Americans than in all races/ethnicities combined.Populations with the next highest DALYs, in descending order, were non-Hispanic whites, Hispanics, and non-Hispanic Asians.The story goes on to note that in 2011, lung cancer accounted for 24% of the cancer burden (2.4 million DALYs). Breast cancer was responsible for 10% of the cancer burden, followed by colorectal cancer at 9%, pancreatic cancer at 6%, prostate cancer at 5%, and leukemia at 4%. Almost 50% of all years of healthy life lost or DALYs were the result of lung, breast, colorectal and pancreatic cancers — "the four most-burdensome cancers," the researchers note.The study showed that age-standardized DALY rate (ASR) ratios of non-Hispanic black men were 1.3 times higher than in non-Hispanic white men for all cancers and 1.2 times higher in non-Hispanic black women compared to non-Hispanic white women. Prostate cancers in black men and breast and corpus uteri cancer in black women contributed predominantly to these differences.Analysis showed that age-specific DALY rates increased as age increased, starting at 50 years.The article notes that health disparities usually arise from a complex combination of socioeconomic, behavioral, and biological factors as well as structural barriers, such as lack of access to care for primary prevention, early detection, and timely treatment, the researchers note.

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