November Pathway Session with Debra Jay

On Wednesday, November 10, 7pm our next Pathway Session takes place over Zoom. Author and family recovery trainer Debra Jay will discuss her book It Takes A Family: Creating Lasting Sobriety, Togetherness & Happiness. She will also describe what Structured Family Recovery is, and how every member of the family can participate in a loved one’s recovery from addiction. To …

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, …

Our Sept 1 Vigil is rapidly approaching

Our event planning committee–which I fondly call Team Orange–is making the final preparations for our 5th Annual Community Addiction Awareness Vigil at the corner of Elm Street and South Avenue in New Canaan. We have a great line-up of speakers who will be introduced by our longstanding Emcee John Hamilton. Testimonials will be given by Devan, who works in New …

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 …

Parent Blog #8

In fifth grade, my favorite subject was Vocabulary. I loved getting new vocabulary lists every week, writing each word down on a 3×5 index card with its respective definition on the back so I could quiz myself (sadly, none of my family members was quite as enthusiastic about vocabulary as I, so yes, I quizzed myself).  My biggest heartbreak that year …

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, …