CT Senate vote still needed to ban unethical THC gummies

On May 9, the CT House passed HB 6699 overwhelmingly, with only one nay vote. While not all is good in this bill, it would require all hemp/THC products to be sold in a state-licensed MJ dispensary. By defining cannabis edible products more precisely, the bill eliminates the loophole through which gas stations, smoke shops and CBD stores have been …

Recovery Blog Post-Jack

I have no idea if most people in recovery from substance use disorder recall hitting bottom, but I sure do. It was 16 years ago this month I arrived at a federal prison in Pennsylvania facing a double-digit sentence, disbarment, and total loss of connection with family and friends. Life as I had known it was turned upside down and …

Book Review of We Are the Luckiest by Laura McKowen

We Are the Luckiest is a well-written sobriety memoir that describes the dark, painful times and howdrinking brought the author to her knees. Laura McKowen makes a compelling case that for her,sobriety has allowed her to embrace her humanity and to discard the shame. In her transformed life ofredemption, she can feel her feelings, live honestly, and be there for …

May Intervention Pathway a Success

On Wednesday, May 17, we hosted a Pathway Session on Interventions with Paul Gallant, CIP. Paul is a well-known interventionist in the Northeast, as he lives in Monroe, CT and has been doing intervention work for over 35 years. Paul describes intervention as “changing the course” based on love. It can occur whenever one or more members of the family …

Recovery Blog Post-Alyssa

When I asked for help at 18 during my freshman year at college, I had no interest in recovery.  I had no desire to be sober, to uncover my true potential, to discover the life that would unfold for me.  Instead, I just wanted the Merry-Go-Round to stop. I was in a constant cycle of trying to escape the consequences …

April 19 Pathway on Boundaries a Big Success

On April 19, we hosted our Monthly Pathway Session on setting boundaries with Amanda Craig, PhD. It was a great success, as over 50 people attended–mostly parents and recovery coaches. Given that many parents are challenged with a child living at home who is in active addiction or early recovery, this discussion was extremely useful. Amanda started off sharing how …

Book Review of Waking Up by Sam Harris

The Book Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion is a great book despite being written by an athiest. Sam Harris reiterates Eckhart Tolle’s work by stating that the feeling we call “I” is an illusion. There is no “self” or ego sitting inside the brain. For the author, a neuroscientist, philosopher and podcast host, striving towards a spiritual …

Transitional Housing Pathway Session Summary

On March 15, NCPSG hosted a monthly Pathway Session on Transitional Recovery with Timmy Brooks of Synergy Houses, based in the Philadelphia area. During the session, Timmy shared his life story from prep school lacrosse star to facing 10 drug-related felonies and jail time. While he found support from his family, including his dad who has over 29 years of …

Recovery Blog Post–Tim

“This is going to hurt”. I realized the speeding car I was travelling in was not going to make the turn. Then impact! My good high school friend Carter and I connected with a large oak tree. The car flipped. Total chaos. Now everything was quiet. I remember in these moments of silence thinking “so this is what it’s like …

Recovery Blog Post–Keri

Life has been beautiful and sad and exciting and mundane. Starting in my early teens, I felt an intense inner sadness and a deep level of isolation. I had no desire to continue with my life. To self-medicate my pain, I turned to drugs and alcohol.Quickly, things got out of control. I began facing consequences and those closest to me …