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

Blue Eyes May Be Linked to Increased Risk for Alcoholism

image European Americans with blue eyes have an increased rate of alcohol dependence, compared with those with dark brown eyes, a new study suggests.

The genetic components that determine eye color line up along the same chromosome as the genes related to excessive alcohol use, the researchers found.

The researchers say the findings could help scientists learn more about the roots of alcoholism, HealthDay reports.

The study appears in the American Journal of Medical Genetics: Neuropsychiatric Genetics (Part B).

"This suggests an intriguing possibility that eye color can be useful in the clinic for alcohol dependence diagnosis," study co-author Arvis Sulovari of the University of Vermont said in a news release.

More research is needed to understand the association between light-colored eyes and a greater incidence of alcoholism, the scientists said.

The findings come from an analysis of a genetic database of more than 10,000 people.

All of those represented in the database have at least one mental illness. Many have more than one, including depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, along with alcohol or drug dependence.