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

Curiosity is the Leading Reason College Students Try Synthetic Marijuana

image A survey of college students finds the most common reason for experimenting with synthetic marijuana is curiosity, HealthDay reports.

Researchers at the University of Cincinnati surveyed more than 330 undergraduate and graduate students, and found 17 percent said they used synthetic marijuana at least once. Of those students, 19.2 percent said they tried it out of curiosity. Other reasons included getting high (17.4 percent); for the "fun of feeling high" (10.6 percent); to fit in (4 percent); and peer pressure (3.8 percent).

The study found females were more likely to try synthetic marijuana at a younger age than males (17.8 years versus 18.4 years), the researchers noted in the Journal of Drug Education.

Synthetic marijuana is also known as K2 or Spice. Short-term effects of the drug include increased agitation, pale skin, seizures, vomiting, profuse sweating, uncontrolled body movements, elevated blood pressure, heart rate and palpitations.

In addition to physical signs of use, users may experience severe paranoia, delusions, and hallucinations. The long-term effects are unknown.

A recent government report found emergency room visits related to synthetic marijuana more than doubled between 2010 and 2011. Emergency rooms reported more than 28,500 visits linked to synthetic marijuana in 2011, up from 11,400 in 2010. Among teens ages 12 to 17, the number of visits linked to synthetic marijuana rose from about 3,800 to nearly 7,600 during that year. Among young adults ages 18 to 20, ER visits linked to synthetic marijuana rose from about 2,000 to more than 8,000.

The Synthetic Drug Prevention Act of 2012 specifically prohibits the sale or possession of some types of synthetic marijuana.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and nearly all states have also taken some regulatory action against these products once they have been identified. However manufacturers of these compounds continue to modify their chemical structures in an attempt to evade current laws.

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