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.

Alcohology App Bridges Gap Between Science and Myth for Alcohol Awareness Month

image According to the creator of the new 2015 app, Alcohology, there's a wide gulf between what people think alcohol does for them and what alcohol does to them.

Case in point: The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism notes that less than 10 percent of the public realizes alcohol is a carcinogen. "That's the core of what Alcohol Awareness Month is about: Education...not some new take on Prohibition," says author Scott Stevens.

The app is targeted toward health and counseling professionals, drinkers – whether they have the disease of alcoholism or just consider themselves moderate drinkers – and anyone concerned with a loved one's drinking. Stevens, author of the recovery book, Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud, created the application, "because sometimes the swaying factor among many is knowing what alcohol does to otherwise healthy tissues."

The app is free in the Google Play Store and in Kindle Apps. An IOS version is planned.

The app features short, topical videos on the evidence-based studies on alcohol and dismisses the 'junk science' touting alcohol's health benefits. "Take the emotion out of a loaded public-health issue and rampant family drama and take the facts first," says Stevens. "Not observational-studies, but some of the quality, recent research, will break a few myths and knock down some resistance to choosing abstinence over moderate or heavy drinking."

The journalist and author frequently reports on alcohol-related health issues and notes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last year identified alcohol as the third-leading cause of preventable death and illness in the U.S. "Alcohol-involved car wrecks take about 1 out of every eight of the 89,000 annual deaths linked to alcohol use. The alcohol issue is broader than drinking and driving. It's a $226 billion annual health, wellness and productivity concern."

Stevens knows all too well about the trials of alcohol and recovery. His award-winning non-fiction books are unique, bold takes on sobriety, relapse and recovery. And he's in recovery himself, after a two-liters-a-day drinking problem. "I've had to eat my own cooking, sure, but this app is also geared toward moderate or occasional drinkers. You don't need to have a drinking problem to be a problem drinker. This is a toxin the body doesn't favor much. The app is clear about that."

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