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 …

Will Addiction be the next Apollo Project?

I have been obsessed with watching documentaries, listening to podcasts, and thinking about the July 20th Moon landing. It was an incredible feat that is awe-inspiring to think about. How did they pull it off, using technology from 50 years ago. John F. Kennedy had it right, when he stated the following: “we choose to go to the moon…because the …

Fire ceremony a success despite the sprinkles

Last Thursday at our support group meeting, Tim Walsh of Adventure Recovery shared his personal story of how adventure, nature and fire are integral to his recovery and personal growth. With the help of his colleague Josh Flaherty, our parents participated in a fire ceremony, to 1) cast out what isn’t working, and 2) give hope and promise for the …

3rd Annual Vigil will be September 5th, 7PM in downtown New Canaan

I am excited that the 3rd Annual Addiction Awareness Vigil will take place AFTER Labor Day, on September 5th in downtown New Canaan. Starting at 6:15PM, enjoy music by Scott Troyer & Friends along with access to Resources and our Hope & Remembrance Wall. Starting at 7PM, listen to testimonials from both parents and loved ones in recovery from addiction. …

Article: mostly sober is a trend

There was an interesting article in the NY Times, about “mostly sober” or “sober curious” being a trend. Makes me wonder if our community would be up for a Sober October or Dry January?

Thanks to New Canaan Community Foundation

I’m grateful for the support from the people of New Canaan Community Foundation, including Sharon, Lauren, Carolyn, Jennifer and Nicole. Just received great news this week that our partnership–which includes grants and fiscal sponsorship–is even STRONGER. See you at our September 5th Community Addiction Awareness Vigil. #helpingeachothertoheal

Day at Capitol a success

Great day today in the busy Hartford State Capitol building as the Embrace the Facts team met with legislators. We discussed marijuana’s key risks (addiction, impaired driving, psychosis, and developing brain) at every opportunity. Special thanks to Representatives Lucy Dathan and Tom O’Dea for introducing us on the House Floor, and for State Senator Alex Bergstein meeting with us. Hope …