The CRAFT Approach with Erica Lubetkin, LMHC

I listened to an amazing podcast about how to be a CRAFTY parent. You can find the podcast here, in which Brenda Zane of Hopestream interviews Erica Lubetkin of NYC, a certified CRAFT therapist. CRAFT stands for Community Reinforcement Approach to Family Training, and was originated at the University of New Mexico by Robert Meyers, Ph.D. The CRAFT approach is …

Summary Notes From Acupuncture & Hypnosis Pathway

Dr. Joe Feuerstein of Stamford Health discussed acupuncture & hypnosis at our December 14 Pathway Session. He is an integrative medicine physician, which means he combines conventional medicine with complementary and alternative therapies including acupuncture, diet, essential oils, herbal supplements, hypnosis, meditation and therapeutic massage. Following Joe’s presentation which you can find here, we had a good open discussion. Some …

“New Age” book on self-healing still resonates

Love, Medicine & Miracles covers many different approaches to self-healing. The book, published in 1986 by Bernie Siegel, MD discusses visualization and hypnosis among many other techniques including affirmations, relaxation exercises and meditation. Siegel is a storyteller, and he weaves many examples of his patients who survived and thrived despite battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases. While this book at …

November Pathway Session with Debra Jay

On Wednesday, November 10, 7pm our next Pathway Session takes place over Zoom. Author and clinical interventionist Debra Jay will discuss her book It Takes A Family: Creating Lasting Sobriety, Togetherness & Happiness. During the virtual session, Debra will describe Structured Family Recovery and how all family members can participate in a loved one’s recovery from addiction. To register, go …

MAT Focus on Buprenorphine

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) utilizes prescription medication in addition to evidence-based therapy to effectively treat substance use disorder, primarily opioid addiction. It typically combines cognitive behavioral therapy with medications to provide a more holistic and individualized approach to treatment.While methadone was the first drug utilized to treat opioid addiction, Suboxone came on the market in 2002 as a “partial opioid agonist” …

Two upcoming events during Recovery Month

On September 23rd, 7pm at our next in-person parent support meeting, I’m excited that we have booked Tim Walsh of Adventure Recovery to return for a Fire Ceremony. Josh Flaherty will most likely join Tim, and here’s how Josh once described the ceremony: “I place a small piece of wood in the fire and I offer up, speaking aloud, my …

5th Annual Addiction Awareness Vigil a Success!

Our 5th Annual Community Addiction Awareness Vigil took place on Thursday, September 2, our rain date. By making the switch, we substituted an ideal evening for the stormy, wet prior day. The feedback from our Vigil was extremely positive, and I need to thank the following Team Orange members for going “above and beyond” to make our event a success: Amanda (Sacred Heart U.), Bob, Charlene, …

5th Annual Vigil Set for September 1

For the fifth time, we unite for an evening of understanding, healing and hope. Our in-person event will include 3 speakers in recovery who will share their lived experiences; a candlelight vigil lead by local clergy leaders; resources and our Community Pledge. The 5th Annual Community Addiction Awareness Vigil is all set for Wednesday, September 1st. Save the date! 6:30 …

EMDR Therapy Pathway A Success

Last evening, we held our first in-person Pathway Session in 16 months. It was a great success. The audience, made up of mostly parents and recovery coaches, heard Linda Rost, LCSW speak about both trauma and EMDR Therapy. (EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). This therapy has been gaining notoriety and popularity recently. The hype appears to be …