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

Overview of Continuum of Care

When most of us think of addiction treatment, we think of a “28-day program” or “detox.” Treatment is provided on a much more rich and varied continuum. In fact, some clients do not need a formal detoxification program, and for some an intensive outpatient program may be more appropriate than a residential program, particularly if the client has a job and a stable home environment. This determination is best made by a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC), and will normally be done as part of an initial assessment no matter which provider you call first.

No matter where you are loved one enters treatment, this should not be the only stop. Those who are most successful stage engaged in the treatment process for months or longer. This may mean a few days in a detoxification program, followed by a week or two in a residential program or a couple of months in an intensive outpatient program and then a few more months seeing a counselor once a week in a traditional outpatient program. Along the way, certain medications may be prescribed and mutual support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous may be recommended. Remember, it took a long to reach the point where you are now; it will take a long time to get back to where you want to be. Addiction is not like a broken leg, it is much more like diabetes and will require an overall change in lifestyle and continuous monitoring.

Keep in mind that the cost of treatment and its location is not necessarily an indication of its quality. There are programs in New Jersey just as effective as those advertised in Florida and California. If you have insurance coverage, check with your provider regarding their policies. Most offer less coverage than you would expect. If you do not have insurance, many treatment providers contract with local counties and the state to provide scholarships. If you have any questions, please call Wellspring at 732-254-3344 to speak with an Information & Referral Specialist.

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