Summary of Last Night’s Pathway Session with Jeff Foote, PhD

On Wednesday, November 14th at the New Canaan YMCA, we sponsored a presentation by Jeff Foote, PhD, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Motivation and Change (CMC).  Jeff founded CMC in 2003 with his long-time colleague Carrie Wilkens.  Jeff has over 30 years’ experience in the addiction treatment and research field.  He is Co-Author of Beyond Addiction: How Science …

Feedback from Ruth Potee visit was uniformly positive

Feedback from parents in attendance: Dr. Ruth did an outstanding job last evening, describing the risks to the Adolescent Brain. And somehow she found time to discuss intervention, treatment and recovery as well! Ruth is a true hero to be admired by all.  For those who missed Ruth, her slide deck is here.  We hope to follow up with a …

Ruth Potee, MD presenting on the Adolescent Brain

We’re grateful to co-host an important event for the community this Tuesday, October 9th, 7PM at New Canaan High School.  The event is a presentation by Ruth Potee, MD (entitled “Riding the Roller-Coaster of the Adolescent Brain”.  Also co-hosting the event is New Canaan Cares.  The location at NCHS is the Wagner Room.  Hope to see you there.

Recovery Fest 2018, Anonymous People, Continuum of Care treatment model

I just talked with Greg Williams, who was on his way to Pawtucket, RI for Recovery Fest 2018, which starts Saturday, September 29th at 2PM.  Greg produced the fabulous Anonymous People documentary, and is Executive Vice President of Facing Addiction with NCADD. This Sunday, a screening of his movie is taking place on Sunday, September 30th at 5:30PM in New …

NHL Hockey Goalie Shares About Addiction and Bipolar Diagnosis

What touched me the most about Goalie Robin Lehner’s courageous sharing of his story of addiction and bipolar disorder, was how a chance meeting with a lawyer ended up pushing Robin over the edge to seeking help.  His pathway to recovery included therapy for co-occurring disorders, finding spirituality, and making amends to his wife and children for all he had …

Letter to the Editor: Thank You

We recently published a Letter to the Editor, thanking all of our community allies and supporters for helping make our 2nd Annual Overdose Awareness Vigil successful.  See below and here for the letter. Dear Editor: On behalf of the New Canaan Parent Support Group and New Canaan Community Foundation, I thank the people of our town for uniting together during …

Thanks to all for a successful #2

Just a post to thank to of those parents, Event Committee members and community allies who did such a great job in pulling off our 2nd Annual Overdose Awareness Vigil on Thursday, August 30th at 7PM.  Feel free to read the articles here and here, and our Channel 12 news feature here.

Nick deSpoelberch ahead of the Vigil

I have been honored to have Nick deSpoelberch as a partner for over 18 months. He’s helped so many parents with his encouraging words and the way he leads by example. See Nick here–in his own words–as we count down–6 days until the Vigil! #OverdoseAwarenessVigil #HelpingEachOtherToHeal