Parents Blog #3

As I watched my son Robbie be handcuffed and taken away to jail, I was jolted.  It was 2 a.m., and my firstborn —with a college degree and all the potential in the world — was arrested after totaling his car.  This would be his 2ndDUI — a mandatory felony conviction.  He had been a “party hearty” type of personality, meaning he drank, used substances and led a functional life of education and …

Webinar on Addiction Stigma had great speakers

On Thursday, November 19 the Addiction Policy Forum hosted a webinar on stigma and addiction. The webinar’s title was “Substance Use Disorders and Stigma: Research, Racial Disparities and Promising Approaches”, and was held to reduce stigma around addiction and color–to ensure access to quality treatment and family support for all. The line-up of speakers was amazing: Nora Volkow, MD, Director …

November Pathway Session on Insurance summary

On Wednesday, November 18, our virtual Pathway Session on insurance highlighted steps family members and loved ones can take to fully utilize their benefits.  Scott Leshin, CEO and Founder of SJ Health Insurance Advocates, went through an “Insurance 101” presentation and then answered questions from parents and recovery coaches. Among the points addressed were: Most plans are “self-funded” by larger …

Parents Blog #2

It’s nearly Halloween. I don’t love this time of year. It’s not that I have anything against dressing up in costumes, trick-or treating, or even candy – fun-size Twix are my jam. It’s just that this time of year triggers a myriad of bad memories. I was at a pumpkin-carving party at my sister’s house just before Halloween in 2016. …

Books of the Week

Starting 4 weeks ago, we added a Book of the Week post for our parents and all who could benefit. So far, we have featured the following books on social media including Facebook and Instagram: Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change, by Jeffrey Foote, Carrie Wilkens and Nicole Kosanke. Key quote: “Understanding—not condoning—why people do what they …

Pathway Sessions Restarted

On Wednesday, November 18 at 7PM, NCPSG’s Pathway Series of monthly education meetings will be restarted after a 6-month hiatus due to COVID.  Our Pathway Sessions were held in the past at the New Canaan YMCA, but physical meetings have been deferred for the foreseeable future. Each meeting will consist of a Zoom video format, and will comprise 20-30 minutes …

List of Therapists in New Canaan

With the help of several hard-working volunteers, we have created a first draft of a New Canaan Therapist Listing. Please download to view in Excel.

Parent Blog #1 from Dorothy

My son James is in long-term recovery and now 4 years clean and sober. While that is HIS accomplishment, I have traveled a parallel journey of recovery and have developed tools for MY own recovery. James was a happy, creative child growing up. He reminded me of Andy, the fictional boy in the movie Toy Story.  However, James became very defiant …

Our Virtual Vigil is a big success!

Our 4th Annual Community Addiction Awareness Vigil, which was streamed on Wednesday, September 2 at 7:30PM, was a great success. Not only did our online attendance surpass our previous vigils, but we had attendees from New York, California and several other states! When the virtual ended at 8:30PM, our viewership on Facebook was over 430 and the viewership on YouTube …

Upcoming Virtual Vigil on September 2nd

Only seven days remain until this year’s Community Addiction Awareness Vigil, which will be livestreamed on Wednesday, September 2nd, 7:30-8:30PM. I’m personally heartened by the courageous speakers who share their authentic stories about substance misuse and recovery.  This year, Elisabeth, Henry, Mariann and Michael have stepped forward. In addition, our faith candlelight vigil is back and I’m grateful to Derrick Fallon …