Weekly support meetings now virtual; we also have secret Facebook Group

Two items to mention: 1) Our weekly parent support meeting has moved to a virtual meeting format using Zoom Video. The details are as follows. Every Thursday, a little before 7PM, just click the following link: https://zoom.us/j/740190592?pwd=VUJKNitKdlZFa3d2cWxGZFFBNTdWdz09 The Meeting ID is 740 190 592You shouldn’t need a password, but if you do try 102784. Or Dial: 1 929 205 6099 and …

Laura Stack shares from bottom of her heart

Late last year, a well-known international speaker on productivity was hit by a tragedy in her family. Her son died of a suicide. In this Facebook post, Laura Stack bravely shares the background to her son’s death, and why high-potency marijuana products can be such a danger. “Happy New Year dear friends. I love you. Truly. Your love and support …

First two Pathway Sessions of 2020 well-attended

We are heartened by the fact that our Pathways Sessions at the Y have been informative and well-attended this year–especially by parents and recovery coaches. Phil Valentine, Executive Director of CCAR (Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery) started the year off with a fascinating discussion of how recovery coaching has a bright future in our community. (January 15). This was followed …

Interesting presentation by Dr. Drew about mental illness

On December 19, 2019, Dr. Drew Pinsky spoke at a White House Summit on Mental Health. His presentation can be viewed here, and starts at about 6:30. The 26-minute presentation is remarkable because wherever the word “mental illness” is used, one could substitute “addiction”. Dr. Drew goes through the almost 60 years of history since the book One Flew Over …

Pathway Session on Opioid Management Following Surgery

At our latest Pathway Session at the New Canaan YMCA, attendees learned a lot about new pain protocols that reduce opioid use by 64% and more. Imagine–having a shoulder replacement and getting off opioids within 5 days! No refills and less pain than the outdated protocols. Thank you, Dr. Paul Sethi and the ONS Foundation for Clinical Research & Education. …

Addiction Awareness Vigil video just released!

Thank you Ethan Jones, for your touching video that captures the essence of our Vigil on September 5th. Your work is amazing, given that you are only a junior at New Canaan H.S. Please view here, the video is 4 minutes, 30 seconds long.

Thanks to all who helped with our 3rd Annual Vigil

Below is a letter to the editor that was published in both the New Canaan Advertiser and newcanaanite.com. Thanks to all! September 9, 2019 Dear Editor: On behalf of the New Canaan Parent Support Group and New Canaan Community Foundation, I’d like to thank all those involved with making our 3rd Annual Community Addiction Awareness Vigil a success.  This event …

Upcoming events on our Resource Wall at the Vigil

There are a number of upcoming events that were highlighted at our Sept 5th 3rd Annual Addiction Awareness Vigil. See the list below for September & October: Monday, September 16, 10AM-Noon.  Communities4Action Quarterly Meeting.  Special panel this meeting on Vaping/JUULing.  Stamford Jewish Community Center, 1035 Newfield Ave. Register by contacting Ingrid Gillespie, igillespie@communities4action.org or 203-588-0457. Wednesday, September 18, 7-8:30PM: Women …

Event Committee working hard towards September 5th Vigil goal

We have an outstanding Vigil Event Committee that will make our 3rd Annual Community Addiction Awareness Vigil the best yet! Again this year, the New Canaan Community Foundation and New Canaan Parent Support Group will host–with many other community sponsors on board including New Canaan CARES, Silver Hill Hospital, and The Lighthouse Sober Living. Thank you Team Orange, and thank …

Ideals of Woodstock–working together as a community

This week-end represents the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock, the Art & Music Fair that took place in Bethel, NY. What I remember about Woodstock is the sound track and movie that were released the following year, as I was too young to attend myself. Santana, Sly & the Family Stone and Jimi Hendrix gave performances that are legendary to this …