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

Children Who Sip Alcohol More Likely to Become Teens Who Get Drunk

image Children who are allowed to sip alcohol are more likely to drink by the time they reach ninth grade, a new study finds.

Researchers at Brown University found children who had sipped alcohol by the time they were in sixth grade were five times more likely to have a full drink by the time they were in ninth grade, CNN reports.

They were four times more likely to binge drink or get drunk, compared with teens who hadn't sipped alcohol when they were children.

The findings appear in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

Study co-author Kristina Jackson told CNN, "I think the most important thing is to make sure that children know when drinking alcohol is acceptable and when it is not." She added, "I would say that it is advisable not to offer your child a sip of your beverage, as it may send the wrong message — younger teens and tweens may be unable to understand the difference between drinking a sip and drinking one or more drinks."

The study of 561 middle school students surveyed over three years found overall, a little under one-third said they had sipped alcohol by the beginning of middle school. Most said they got the alcohol from their parents at a party or on a special occasion.

Of those who had sipped alcohol when they were young, 26 percent said they had a full drink by the time they were in ninth grade, compared with 6 percent of those who had never sipped alcohol. Of those who had sipped alcohol early, 9 percent said they had binged (had five or more drinks in one sitting), or gotten drunk by ninth grade, compared with less than 2 percent of those who hadn't sipped alcohol.