Thank you Ben Cort, for Weed, Inc!

Weed, Inc: The Science Behind Today’s Marijuana took place last Wednesday, January 13 on Zoom. We had more than 220 attendees including many New Canaan High School sophomores and their health class teachers. Ben Cort, author, TED Talk speaker, and addiction recovery advocate told us the shocking truth about potency of today’s marijuana products. He detailed the criteria for cannabis …

Community Event on Marijuana

On Wednesday, January 13, 7pm, the New Canaan Parent Support Group is hosting an informative community event on marijuana: Weed Inc with Ben Cort.  The Zoom session—with Q&A moderated by John Hamilton—with focus on the science and data behind today’s marijuana. Ben Cort is an author, TED Talk speaker, recovery advocate and CEO of a Colorado-based treatment center.  In 2007, …

Parents Blog #4

I was the ultimate enabler – the one who made everything “okay” again – even if okay only lasted for a little while.   Over several exhausting years, my life was running interference for my son Andrew and protecting him from the world.  I waited and hoped he would grow out of whatever phase he was in.  During this time, as I tried …

Two interesting articles on marijuana

Grateful for this concise article on marijuana from Columbia University’s School of Public Health. Bottom line: more studies are needed! A second resource of facts citing peer-reviewed clinical studies, is this 4-minute video on marijuana from nutritionfacts.org. Hope these help, ahead of our Weed Inc with Ben Cort event coming up on January 13, 7PM. Please see the Events section …

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 …