Brené is back on the screen

At one of our recent parent support meetings, Wayne mentioned that he found Brené Brown’s new book Atlas of the Heart powerful. In it, Brené covers ALL the emotions & experiences that can help us connect with others. Just last month, HBO Max launched the 5-episode docuseries, which is also lauded by Wayne. Go here for more info: https://decider.com/2022/03/31/brene-brown-atlas-of-the-heart-hbo-max-review/.

Collegiate Recovery at Sacred Heart

A visit to the student recovery house at Sacred Heart University reminded us of the opportunities now available for young adults to start/finish college in recovery. James Cafran, SHU’s Collegiate Recovery Program Coordinator, gave our Intern Mary Kowal-Foley and me a house tour. James then described the background into SHU’s foray in collegiate recovery. First, there were already collegiate recovery …

CRAFT Pathway Summary

On Wednesday, March 16, Erica Lubetkin, LMHC described CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training) and how parents can benefit. CRAFT is a skill set for those who support a loved one struggling with substance use. There are 4 major goals with CRAFT: 1) decrease the harmful substance use: 2) engage the user into treatment; 3) increase the family member’s own …

Introducing our 2022 Social Media Intern

Mary Kowal-Foley, a senior at Sacred Heart University majoring in Sociology, has joined our team as our 2022 Social Media Intern. This is a great opportunity for a “win-win” outcome. NCPSG will benefit with increased publicity and effectiveness of our communications,, and Mary gets hands-on training in all aspects of our digital tools and strategies. She will be responsible for …

Best Practices Session with Conversation.Zone

In recent weeks, a group of volunteer advisors have brainstormed and collaborated to help us increase our impact in the community. While our dual mission of parent support and community education remains the same, our goal is to increase the quality of everything we do. Thus, we have looked at increasing our impact in all our areas: 1) parent support …

Pathway on Neurofeedback a Success

Dr. Tom Woodman, a neurofeedback therapy practitioner based in Norwalk, did a great job presenting on neurofeedback at our Zoom Pathway Session on January 19, 2022. Dr. Tom described what neurofeedback is and how the brainwave training typically works. He then presented significant clinical evidence on how neurofeedback enhances recovery. In his opinion, neurofeedback can be an important recovery pathway, …

The CRAFT Approach with Erica Lubetkin, LMHC

I listened to an amazing podcast about how to be a CRAFTY parent. You can find the podcast here, in which Brenda Zane of Hopestream interviews Erica Lubetkin of NYC, a certified CRAFT therapist. CRAFT stands for Community Reinforcement Approach to Family Training, and was originated at the University of New Mexico by Robert Meyers, Ph.D. The CRAFT approach is …

Summary Notes From Acupuncture & Hypnosis Pathway

Dr. Joe Feuerstein of Stamford Health discussed acupuncture & hypnosis at our December 14 Pathway Session. He is an integrative medicine physician, which means he combines conventional medicine with complementary and alternative therapies including acupuncture, diet, essential oils, herbal supplements, hypnosis, meditation and therapeutic massage. Following Joe’s presentation which you can find here, we had a good open discussion. Some …

“New Age” book on self-healing still resonates

Love, Medicine & Miracles covers many different approaches to self-healing. The book, published in 1986 by Bernie Siegel, MD discusses visualization and hypnosis among many other techniques including affirmations, relaxation exercises and meditation. Siegel is a storyteller, and he weaves many examples of his patients who survived and thrived despite battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases. While this book at …

November Pathway Session with Debra Jay

On Wednesday, November 10, 7pm our next Pathway Session takes place over Zoom. Author and clinical interventionist Debra Jay will discuss her book It Takes A Family: Creating Lasting Sobriety, Togetherness & Happiness. During the virtual session, Debra will describe Structured Family Recovery and how all family members can participate in a loved one’s recovery from addiction. To register, go …