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Addiction Help Tool - A Resource for Those Seeking Help with Drug Addiction and Substance Abuse

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Thanks to funding from the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through the Middlesex County Office of Human Services, Wellspring Center for Prevention (formerly NCADD of Middlesex County, Inc.) was able to completely revamp its web-based help tool and resource center content.

Effective immediately, Middlesex County residents (and others) and those seeking help with substance use issues, can access an online referral tool with access to a complete database of service providers. Since its original launch in 2011, the web-based Confidential On-Line Treatment Referrals tool has been visited by over 1,000 individuals and provided treatment referrals to over 250.

The Confidential On-Line Treatment Referral tool features a self-administered questionnaire to help guide users to treatment providers in Middlesex County, and its immediate vicinity. While not intended to diagnose a substance abuse problem, the tool should provide solid referrals to available treatment. The Tool utilizes the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Patient Placement Criteria to provide referrals to programs that are appropriate to the user’s needs. The ASAM Criteria is the most widely used and comprehensive criteria used for placement of individuals with alcohol and other drug problems. Once the referral list is generated, the user will then need to contact the provider directly to arrange for a complete assessment and intake, if appropriate.  The tool is not designed to take the place of an assessment by an addictions professional, but it will take the guesswork out of where to turn for help. 

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The Confidential On-Line Treatment Referral tool is available at www.wellspringprevention.org/help-tool. Of course, if someone would rather speak to an addiction professional in person, Wellspring/NCADD’s Helpline is still available at 732-254-3344 from 8am to 9pm daily.

In addition to the Confidential On-Line Treatment Referral tool, the agency was also able to expand its online Treatment Directory. The Directory now features relevant information on such items as Support & Information Services, Family Support & Education services, Detox facilities as well as in-patient, outpatient and specialty service providers. The Online Treatment Directory is also available on the Wellspring website at http://wellspringprevention.org/information-referral/treatment-referrals/treatment-directory.

The Wellspring/NCADD Self-Administered Screening Referral Tool was developed in collaboration with industry-leading web development firm MHP Multimedia LLC. MHP Multimedia LLC the company is focused on providing multimedia for the emerging Web 2.0 environment.  MHP LLC is a collaboration of seasoned technical and artistic experts who are choosing to provide their expertise to our clients. This has resulted in an organization with exceptional skills and experience providing superior developments at an economic price.

 

About Wellspring Center for Prevention/NCADD

The Wellspring Center for Prevention is a non-profit, community-based health organization providing prevention, education, information, and referral services to county residents, businesses, schools, faith-based organizations, municipal alliances, and social service agencies since 1980. Our mission is to promote the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities through the prevention of addiction-related problems across the lifespan.

Additional information is available at www.wellspringprevention.org.

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