Youth mental health during the COVID-19 epidemic

A recent article in the New York Times about youth mental health cited the rising levels of anxiety and depression of young adults during the pandemic. With that anxiety and depression comes the inclination to self-medicate with addictive substances including alcohol. During our upcoming virtual Addiction Awareness Vigil, we will hear from speakers who self-medicated and became dysfunctional, followed by …

The Big 3 Epidemics

As the New Canaan Parent Support Group plans our 4th Annual Addiction Awareness Vigil, we believe it is important to stand with those whose health has suffered from inequitable access to resources for prevention, treatment and recovery from addiction. Our event theme this year is “Helping Each Other Heal”, which means that ALL in our communities should be supported with …

Trey Laird & Cini Shaw of the Lighthouse

On a weekly basis, we will be highlighting different local people and resources in New Canaan and surrounding communities. These resources represent hope to parents and family members affected by addiction. Trey Laird, Cini Shaw and The Lighthouse are subjects of this week’s Community Focus, because they are recovery-friendly—providing sober living options–as well as recovery coaching–in New Canaan. Sober living …

The Hope & Remembrance Wall

In 2017, when we were planning our first Addiction Awareness Vigil, the Hope & Remembrance Wall was born. The idea was to remember and honor both those who died too soon, as well as those struggling who are now in long-term recovery. Today, July 15, it’s been 5 years since my son Evan died of an overdose in New Haven. …

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.