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

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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 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.
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 info@wellspringprevention.org.

Drunk Driving Declining, Drugged Driving on the Rise

image Fewer Americans are driving drunk, but a growing number are driving under the influence of marijuana and other illegal drugs, according to a new government report.

Since 2007, the number of drivers testing positive for alcohol decreased by almost one-third, the Associated Press reports.

The report, by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), found over the same period more than 15 percent of drivers tested positive for at least one illegal drug, compared with 12 percent in 2007. The number of drivers who tested positive for marijuana increased by almost 50 percent, from 8.6 percent in 2007 to 12.6 percent last year.

Mark Rosekind, who heads NHTSA, told the AP, "The rising prevalence of marijuana and other drugs is a challenge to everyone who is dedicated to saving lives and reducing crashes."

Over the last two years, 22 percent of drivers tested positive for at least one drug that could affect safety, including illegal drugs, prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications.

During weekend nighttime hours, about 8 percent of drivers had some alcohol in their system, and 1.5 percent had a breath alcohol content of .08 percent or higher—the legal limit in every state.

A second survey conducted by NHTSA found people who use marijuana are more likely to be involved in accidents. The agency acknowledged the findings may be due in part to the demographics of marijuana users. Young men, who are at increased risk for vehicle crashes, are also more likely to use marijuana.

In a news release, NHTSA said it plans further research on drugged driving, including a roadside survey in Washington state, where recreational marijuana is legal. The agency will also conduct a simulator study with the National Institute on Drug Abuse to determine the driving behavior of people under the influence of drugs.

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