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 …

Thank you Greg Williams for a great Pathway Session

I’m grateful for Greg Williams sharing his insights yesterday, May 12, 2021, during our Pathway Session. The replay is here: https://bit.ly/3ofwVl5.  To sum, Greg first discussed his film projects.  He is firmly convinced–as I am–that the key to opening hearts is through authentic storytelling.  I personally loved watching The Anonymous People, Greg’s first full-length documentary. In it, authentic recovery stories by Michael Askew, …

Op-ed published in today’s Stamford Advocate

I’m grateful to the CT Post for publishing an op-ed I wrote on public health safeguards for marijuana legalization. I have sent to politicians in Hartford, and can only hope they read it! 3 PUBLIC HEALTH STEPS NEEDED TO LEGALIZE ADULT-USE CANNABIS On July 15, 2015, my world was changed forever.  My beloved son Evan went to heaven.  He died …

Thanks Cyril D’Souza, MD for an informative event

Dr. Cyril D’Souza’s April 14 presentation on Cannabis Use & Addiction was informative and captivating. He presented a number of facts, based in large part on research studies he has conducted himself. As a Professor and Researcher at the Yale University School of Medicine, Dr. D’Souza has received NIH funding for studies out of New Haven that have received national …

The Developing Brain and THC – Thank You

Today is the first day of National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, and it is appropriate that we use this day to review our last community event with Ken Winters, PhD called The Developing Brain and THC.  Ken’s presentation was in three parts: 1) brain development; 2) addiction and 3) cannabis/THC.     Key points included: The limbic system of the …

Our second Community Event on the Developing Brain

Back in 2018, we were honored to host Ruth Potee, MD’s talk about the adolescent brain.  She gave a provocative presentation—defining addiction as a pediatric disease.  The reason: first use of substances usually begins in the teen years, when the reward system of the brain is more vulnerable to “hijacking”. In a worthy follow-up to that session, I’m excited to …