Pathway on Cortisol & Lifestyle Medicine Informative

On Wednesday, March 13, 2024, we hosted Raquel Harrison, MD, a local Lifestyle Medicine and emergency physician, for an in-person Pathway Session on managing cortisol for health and recovery. Lifestyle Medicine is a relatively new medical specialty based on the vital role that lifestyle choices play in preventing and reversing chronic diseases. Thee are six pillars of lifestyle medicine: plant-forward …

Move to Heal Pathway Inspiring

On Wednesday, February 21, 2024, we hosted Ethan Hershman and Colleen Delaney, co-founders of the nonprofit group Move to Heal (MTH). It was an insightful session about a recovery approach that is growing rapidly from 1 outlet in 2021 to 24 locations by the end of the year. I first became aware of Move to Heal when Ian Parker, in …

THC Pathway with Jordan Davidson was a Big Success

On Wednesday, January 17, 2024, we hosted Jordan Davidson, Government Affairs Manager at Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) and a man in long-term recovery from THC addiction. I first became aware of Jordan because his mom who used to attend our parent support meetings when Jordan was in the early days of his recovery. He a recent graduate of American …

Boundaries Pathway Session a Big Success

On Monday, December 11, at St. Mark’s Church, our guest speaker Frank Bartolomeo, PhD, spoke on setting boundaries to promote recovery. Frank is s a nationally-recognized expert in mental health amd substance use. Frank has a private psychotherapy practice in addition to being the Founder and Director of the Well Center for Development, both based in New Canaan. In addition, …

Meditation Pathway Session was a Success

On Wednesday, November 20, we hosted Erika Long, co-Founder of the Community Mindfulness Project (CMP) for a fascinating in-person Pathway Session. During the session, Erika went through a number of concepts about the power of mindfulness. Among the ideas were these: 1) Taking deep breaths sends a signal to the brain that we are safe; 2) We have the power …

Addiction Studies Pathway a Success

Our October 18 Pathway Session on Addiction Studies with Shane Murphy, PhD, was a big success. Shane, who founded and heads the graduate-level program in Addiction Studies at WestConn State University, gave us some background about the program and why it is needed. The program serves different individual needs including: 1) credit hours (37) to pursue a career as an …

Recovery Testimonial–Ian Parker’s Vigil speech

On Wednesday, August 30, 2023, at NCPSG’s 7th Annual Community Addiction Awareness Vigil, Ian Parker shared his story of recovery from addiction. His parents, Melody and Roger, introduced him. To view the video recording of his Vigil speech click here. We also share his testimonial in full below. Thank you, Ian, for being so open about your recovery! Families empower …

Recovery Testimonial–Keri Crossley’s Vigil speech

On Wednesday, August 30th at NCPSG’s 7th Annual Community Addiction Awareness Vigil, Keri Crossley shared her story of recovery from alcohol misuse as a teenager. Her parents, Tracy and Debbie, introduced her. To view the video recording of her Vigil speech click here. We also share her testimonial in full below. Thank you, Keri, for being so open about your …

Recovery Blog post–Nick deSpoelberch’s Vigil speech

On Wednesday, August 30, 2023 at NCPSG’s 7th Annual Community Addiction Awareness Vigil, Nick deSpoelberch shared his story of addiction to opioids and his recovery which now has reached a decade. To view the video recording click here, and see below to read his testimonial in full. Thank you, Nick, for being so open about your recovery! Hi everyone. I’m …

Our Vigil is coming back

On August 30 at 7pm, we will be hosting our 7th Annual Community Addiction Awareness Vigil in downtown New Canaan. We are returning to our same location as years past, specifically 6 South Avenue which is bordered by a Dunkin Donuts franchise. This year, we have three new testimonial speakers who will share their stories of redemption and hope, Ian, …