Update

Last evening’s Recovery Coach Pathway Session at the Y was a great success. I’m grateful to Michael Askew and Trey Laird for their leadership. #ccar #thelighthousect #recoverycoaching

Marijuana Essay in Wall Street Journal by Alex Berenson; His Book Released Today

Interesting read ahead of our Reefer Sanity: A Smart Approach to Marijuana event with Kevin Sabet.  https://www.wsj.com/articles/marijuana-is-more-dangerous-than-you-think-11546527075 Marijuana is More Dangerous than You Think By Alex Berenson Updated Jan. 4, 2019 2:19 p.m. ET Over the past 30 years, a shrewd and expensive lobbying campaign has made Americans more tolerant of marijuana. In November 2018, Michigan became the 10th state …

Yale New Haven Hospital Opens Addiction Consult Service

Glad to read this article–a week old–about Yale New Haven’s effort to bring an Addiction Consult Service to the inpatient floors of the hospital. Happy New Year to all! NEW HAVEN — Dr. Melissa Weimer is giving addiction medicine a much-needed prominent place in Yale New Haven Hospital’s health care arsenal. The medical director of the hospital’s new Addiction Medicine Consult Service, she …

More studies needed of Adolescent Brain

A John Hopkins study on the adolescent brain discusses how the increased incidence of schizophrenia and psychosis may take place following early use of marijuana.  Clearly more work in this area needs to be done.  We can ask Kevin Sabet about this on March 5th, 7PM at Saxe School Auditorium during our Marijuana: Facts vs Myths event. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/12/181217101747.htm

A Year of Accomplishments with help from Partners

I just wanted to leave a short note to recognize all those community partners that helped make 2018 a banner year for the New Canaan Parent Support Group.  I’m thankful for: The organizations who provided speakers for our Pathway Series, which took place at the New Canaan YMCA: Adventure Recovery, Aware Recovery Care, Dr. Frank Bartolomeo, Center for Motivation & …

USA Today points to new statistics on alcohol-related deaths

Below are statistics that USA Today cites in an interesting article here. From 2007 to 2017, the number of deaths attributable to alcohol increased 35 percent to 88,000, according to a new analysis by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. Deaths among women rose 85 percent. Deaths among men rose 29 percent. Deaths among people …

Moving to a Chronic Model of Treatment for Addiction

I recently had a meeting with John Hamilton, the new CEO of Liberation Programs. John has over thirty years’ experience in the addiction treatment & research field, with insightful views on prevention, intervention and recovery. Here are some key points from the meeting: 1. MAT – We need to get to where it’s common practice in all treatment centers that …

Summary of Last Night’s Pathway Session with Jeff Foote, PhD

On Wednesday, November 14th at the New Canaan YMCA, we sponsored a presentation by Jeff Foote, PhD, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Motivation and Change (CMC).  Jeff founded CMC in 2003 with his long-time colleague Carrie Wilkens.  Jeff has over 30 years’ experience in the addiction treatment and research field.  He is Co-Author of Beyond Addiction: How Science …

Feedback from Ruth Potee visit was uniformly positive

Feedback from parents in attendance: Dr. Ruth did an outstanding job last evening, describing the risks to the Adolescent Brain. And somehow she found time to discuss intervention, treatment and recovery as well! Ruth is a true hero to be admired by all.  For those who missed Ruth, her slide deck is here.  We hope to follow up with a …