MAT Pathway Session was a Great Success

On Wednesday, January 18, our support group hosted David Fiellin, MD of Yale in a virtual Pathway Session. Dr. Fiellin is the director of the Yale Program in Addiction Medicine. He’s a strong advocate for treating addiction in primary care settings and reducing the stigma of using medications to treat addiction. During his talk, David discussed the role medications can …

Recovery Blog Post–Brian McManus

It was 4:30 a.m. on a cold January morning, I crept down the stairs of my 1927 center hall colonial praying that the creaky old house wouldn’t give away my departure. I could see the lights of the car that had just pulled up in front of the house, waiting for me. It was a scene that probably wasn’t unfamiliar …

Smoke Shop Closed in New Canaan

Today, Tuesday January 10, marks to first day that marijuana can be sold through state-licensed retail outlets in CT. This is a sad day, in my opinion. Based on the legalization act, commercial enterprises will have the incentive to sell stronger, more-potent THC products to young adults and older members of the population. Therefore, the public health consequences will be …

Recovery Blog Post–Icy Frantz

Today When I met my now husband a year into my sobriety, I remember him asking, “Can’t you just promise that you will never drink again?” It doesn’t work that way–or at least it doesn’t for me–it’s just today. And today–I get to wake up unencumbered with a headache or shame or a fogginess. No more questions: “Where did I …

FDA approval of OTC NARCAN is imminent

This is great news. Access to NARCAN will get even better, as the drug will be distributed through drug stores over-the-counter, without a prescription. Our support group already offers free NARCAN to family members who request it, through one of our strategic partners. Just contact us on our website or by email. Here is the link to the news article.

Thank you, Dr. Kelly!

Our December 14 Pathway Session with Dr. John F. Kelly was a great success. If anyone has the scientific and empirical evidence that peer support groups work, it’s John. To recover from addiction takes a continuing care model, and John advocates for that at every opportunity. Here is the replay on YouTube, and here is his slide deck. You can …

December Campaign Underway!

We thank all of you, for your past contributions to NCPSG. Again this year, we ask our community to think of NCPSG in their giving plans. While the physical toll of COVID has been reduced, the behavioral health of our community has NOT improved. Based on attendance and the stories at our support meetings, the number of loved ones who …

Recovery Blog Post–Elle Silk

In 2005 I was devastated by the sudden loss of my husband, Terence. My children were only 3,6, and 9 years old. I can remember sitting on the front porch on a Saturday, watching my neighbors drive by doing their weekend activities, while my life and my children’s lives were forever changed. Not only did I lose a beloved partner, …

ADHD November Pathway a Great Success

On Wednesday, November 19 we held our monthly Pathway Session with Dr. Ned Hallowell over Zoom. In his open, empathetic style, Ned made the case for why ADHD is not so much a disorder as a series of traits that can be managed. In fact, these traits have huge benefits, especially the big three which are both strengths AND challenges: …

Happy Thanksgiving

From all of us at NCPSG, have a great Thanksgiving! #gratitude #helpingeachotherheal