Information & Referral

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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.
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Back Pain Sufferers More Prone to Opioid Abuse

image People who suffer from chronic back pain along with high levels of anxiety or depression are 75 percent more likely to abuse opioids than those with low levels of depression or anxiety, a new study suggests.

The study included 55 patients being treated for lower back pain with opioids, Medical News Today reports.

They were given morphine, oxycodone or a placebo to take as needed for pain over a six-month period. They recorded their pain levels and how much medication they took daily.

Patients who suffered from high levels of depression or anxiety experienced 50 percent less improvement for back pain and 75 percent more opioid abuse, compared with patients who experienced low levels of depression or anxiety.

The study is published in Anesthesiology.

"High levels of depression and anxiety are common in patients with chronic lower back pain," lead researcher Ajay Wasan, MD, of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, said in a news release. "Learning that we are able to better predict treatment success or failure by identifying patients with these conditions is significant. This is particularly important for controlled substances such as opioids, where if not prescribed judiciously, patients are exposed to unnecessary risks and a real chance of harm, including addiction or serious side effects."

He said that instead of refusing to prescribe opioids, doctors who treat chronic pain should ensure patients who suffer from psychiatric disorders seek treatment for their mental condition. This may improve pain relief and reduce the chance of opioid abuse, he noted.