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Adventure Recovery

A recovery-focused adventure guide service that leads clients through the external and internal wilderness.

Location: Bantam, CT

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Adventure Recovery provides individual and group guided outdoor activities, trainings, and expertise for those seeking guidance and support in recovery, mentorship, and adventure experiences. You choose the activity, we provide the gear, the team know-how, the instruction, the coaching, and the experience of a lifetime.

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Al-Anon Family Groups

Al‑Anon is a mutual support program for people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. By sharing common experiences and applying the Al-Anon principles, families and friends of alcoholics can bring positive changes to their individual situations, whether or not the alcoholic admits the existence of a drinking problem or seeks help.

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How Can Al-Anon Help Me?
Our personal situations may be different, but we share as equals because of what we have in common: our lives have been affected by another person’s drinking. Al-Anon is a mutual support group.

We can find understanding and support when we share our common experience with each other. Some of us are here because a spouse or partner has struggled with alcoholism. For others, the problem drinker is a parent, child, or grandchild. Sometimes a brother, a sister, or some other friend or relative brings us to Al-Anon. Many of us have had more than one alcoholic family member or friend.

Alcoholism has similar effects on us all, even though our relationships to the alcoholic may be different. Many newcomers are most interested in hearing about situations and relationships that are similar to their own. Over time, however, we come to understand that we can benefit from hearing how the Al-Anon principles worked in many different circumstances.

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Alcoholics Anonymous Answering Service

Alcoholics Anonymous is a worldwide fellowship of men and women who help each other to stay sober. They offer the same help to anyone who has a drinking problem and wants to do something about it. Since they are all alcoholics themselves, they have a special understanding of each other. They know what the illness feels like – and they have learned how to recover from it in AA.

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There are many 12-Step meetings in New Canaan and the surrounding towns.  Feel free to call 203-855-0075 to get the AA answering service, or go here to find a meeting.

AA meetings vary in format and size. There are discussion meetings, speaker meetings, meetings which center around reading AA literature, and some meetings are combinations of these formats.

At any AA meeting, alcoholics share from their own experience about what their lives were like when they were drinking, what actions they have taken to recover from active alcoholism, and what their lives are like today.

AA does not keep any membership records. You do not have to reveal anything about yourself when you attend a meeting. Attending an AA meeting does not obligate you to anything; you are welcome to make your own decision about whether to come back.

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Beth Epstein, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Location: 16 Forest Street, Suite C, New Canaan, CT (06840)

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Dr. Beth Epstein received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Connecticut and is a licensed psychologist in Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey.  She is an expert in the use of CBT and other evidence-based strategies in psychotherapy.  In addition to years of experience treating a range of disorders, Dr. Epstein has a strong specialty in assessment and treatment of Addiction. She is also a nationally recognized National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant-funded psychotherapy researcher developing CBT treatments for addiction and related problems (depression, anxiety, family distress).

Dr. Epstein has worked with patients struggling with depression, sadness, anxiety, stress, alcohol or drugs, gambling, bipolar disorders, marital problems, unsatisfying relationship patterns, emotion regulation, challenges related to life-transitions (divorce, separation, illness, grief, relocation), low self-esteem, perfectionism, illness or substance use of a loved one, and adult ADHD.  She works with each patient as a team to understand and resolve symptoms, unwanted habits, and unhealthy patterns as well as to identify strengths and resources so that patients can identify and attain their life goals.  She is experienced in Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Schema Therapy, and elements of mindfulness and acceptance-based therapies (ACT and DBT).  She provides individual, couple, family, and group therapies.

Dr. Epstein has trained and supervised over 100 clinical psychology graduate students, and has taught graduate level courses on Adult Psychopathology; Lifespan Development; Cognitive Behavioral Assessment and Treatment; Assessment and Treatment of Alcohol and Drug Use Disorders. Professional association memberships include the American Psychological Association, the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, and the Research Society on Alcoholism.

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CT DMHAS Substance Abuse Treatment Hotline and Resources

The Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services is a health care agency whose mission is to promote the overall health and wellness of persons with behavioral health needs through an integrated network of holistic, comprehensive, effective, and efficient services and supports that foster dignity, respect, and self-sufficiency in those we serve.

Location: 410 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT (06134)

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There is also online access to local treatment services here.  The DMHAS website has a significant amount of data an information on it.

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Deborah C. Morgan, LCSW

Clinical Social Work/Therapist

Location: 129 Theodore Fremd Ave, Rye, New York (10580-2824)

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Are daily activities becoming more and more challenging? Are your personal and professional relationships suffering because of your relationship with alcohol, drugs or perhaps past traumas? If so, you are not alone, getting the right non-judgemental support and skills to help manage these challanges is the beginning of creating a healthier life. I have been supporting individuals, families and couples to achieve maximum health and to achieve their goals realted to sobriety, substance dependence for over 24 years and am confident that I will be able to support you as well.

Deborah C. Morgan, BSW, MSW, CSW, LCSW, R-LCSW                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              129 Theodore Fremd Avenue, Rye, NY 10580

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Ellen Arcamone, LCSW

Clinical Social Work/Therapist

Location: 34 Elm Street, New Canaan, CT (06840)

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Ellen Arcamone is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who specializes in treating adults and young adults. Ellen uses a client-centered and compassionate, strength-based approach, helping her clients to navigate through life’s transitions and stressors. Ellen believes in the power of change and is extremely passionate about helping her clients to grow, learn, and evolve.

Ellen has extensive experience treating addiction, grief, anxiety, depression, adjustment, as well as personality disorders, with a special focus on women’s issues. Ellen uses a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectal Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Psychodynamic modalities. She is also trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) to address and treat trauma and PTSD.

Ellen earned her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Southern CT State University; and then, she obtained her master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University. Ellen has years of clinical experience in a multitude of settings. Most recently, she led the Women’s Outpatient Program at Silver Hill Hospital, in addition to, simultaneously, working with patients in Silver Hill’s Transitional Living Program, treating co-occurring disorders. Ellen also works with New Canaan-based community programs, both facilitating groups and speaking about a variety of important mental health topics.

34 Elm Street
New Canaan, CT 06840
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Frank Bartolomeo, PhD, LCSW

Clinical Social Work/Therapist

Location: 6 Hollyhock Lane, 2nd Floor, Wilton, CT

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An accomplished practitioner with 20+ years of notable credentials and multifaceted expertise, clients of all backgrounds and ages have taught me that our lives are not defined by what happens to us but by how we respond to our circumstances; therapy is about collaboratively finding new and effective responses to life. Utilizing a variety of approaches, in the context of a caring relationship, I help adolescents and adults cope with: the effects of trauma, divorce, loss; relationship & work dissatisfaction; depression, anxiety; and alcohol & drug abuse. I also support parents and families impacted by their loved one’s dependence on substances.
Known for a thoughtful yet straightforward manner, I offer brief consultations or longer treatment as determined by your goals and issues. I build on people’s strengths and help them to accept their limitations. As a recovery therapist, I work closely with individuals who are recovering from a trauma, addiction or loss.
I also conduct SUBSTANCE ABUSE evaluations for the purpose of helping individuals and their families determine whether a substance use disorder is present and to decide upon the necessary level of care. A frequently requested public speaker, I also consult to mental health agencies, supervise other therapists, and offer agency-wide training.

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Ginny Ayres, LPC, LADC, BCPTSD

Licensed Professional Counselor

Location: 30 Old Kings Highway So., Darien,

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My focus as a psychotherapist is to help you find your solutions during challenging times in life. I am trained in a variety of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, which I can draw from and tailor to your needs. Together we can find hope, direction, and healing. I am a licensed psychotherapist (LPC) and alcohol and drug counselor (LADC). I am also a Board Certified PTSD counselor. In addition, I hold a post-graduate specialization in Adoption Competency.
My specialities are anxiety, anger, addiction, and attachment. I will help you to recognizing negative patterns and find new ways to help build resilience.
I work with clients of all ages utilizing Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and other evidence-based treatment approaches.

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Ginny Gray, LCSW, Therapist & Recovery Coach

Independent Health, Wellness and Fitness Professional

Location: 25 Lewis Street, Suite 301, Greenwich, CT (06830)

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I am a clinical therapist specializing in addiction and trauma.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, CT, Licensed Masters of Social Work, NY, Certified EMDR therapist, Certified Recovery Coach

Completed advanced training in Emotional Focused Therapy

My experience with individuals and group counseling is extensive. I began my career at Family Centers in Greenwich and Darien, CT, while also interning at Arms Acres in the Bronx, NY providing substance abuse prevention and counseling for children in residential foster care. From 2008 through 2020 I was the addiction and trauma specialist for The Center for Hope and Renewal in Greenwich, CT providing counseling to children, adolescents and families in Fairfield and Westchester counties. I started Hand in Hand Counseling in 2021.

I grew up in New York City, attended Phillips Academy (Andover), Hollins University, and earned my Masters in Social Work at NYU. I am an avid and competitive athlete and mother to two grown children.

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Jane Duncan, LCSW

A licensed therapist who treats mental health disorders, personality disorders, OCD, and addiction. Also works with parents of young adults who struggle.

Location: 16 Cross Street, New Canaan, CT (06840)

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Therapist in private practice treating addiction, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, obsession compulsive disorder and personality disorders using Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Exposure Response Prevention and Solution-Focused Therapy. Works with family members who have loved ones impacted by addiction. Significant clinical experience at Silver Hill Hospital.

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Jennifer L’Herbette, LCSW

Private Practice Psychotherapist

Location: 49 Locust Avenue, New Canaan, CT

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I believe that the goal of therapy is to help my clients obtain the insight and coping skills they need to create full and satisfying lives. I am able to see a person’s potential, and use their innate strengths to help them rebuild their lives. We do this by creating a therapeutic relationship based on honesty, acceptance and empathy while working towards change.
The interventions that I use most include DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing). I am an intensively trained DBT therapist, having completed multiple trainings in DBT including DBT for Couples, and Advanced DBT with Marsha Linehan, PhD. My practice includes weekly DBT skills groups for adult women.
For more difficult behaviors to change, or for trauma related issues, I use EMDR to help clients find more clarity it their lives. EMDR enables clients to move forward from their past experiences that continue to influence their present day thinking and behavior.
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Jeremy Barowsky, MD

Board-Certified Addiction and General Psychiatrist

Location: 500 West Putman Ave Suite 400, Greenwich, CT

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Addiction Psychiatrist.

I view successful psychotherapy as a partnership between patient and therapist. Because people are experts of their own internal experiences, my role is one of empathic co-investigator to help identify maladaptive thinking and behaviors and, subsequently, to facilitate change in my patients. I also offer “state of the art” pharmacotherapy whenever it is indicated.
My training equipped me with an armamentarium of diverse cognitive-behavioral, strength-based, and psychodynamic therapeutic skills to complement biological treatments. I have the ability to prescribe buprenorphine (also known as Suboxone), for those with opiate abuse. I am skilled in the medical treatment of mood, anxiety, personality, and psychotic disorders.
I hope to empower my patients to make their own medical and therapeutic treatment decisions in collaboration with me serving as their doctor and treatment partner. I feel deeply that the best and most beneficial treatment (as in life decisions in general) are the ones that the individual owns.

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John Hamilton, LMFT, LADC

Chief Executive Officer at Liberation Programs, Inc.

Location: 21 Locust Avenue, New Canaan, CT

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Having served as senior vice president at Liberation Programs from 1996 to 2006, Hamilton brings an intimate knowledge of the agency, one of Fairfield County’s top behavioral health organizations.

In addition to his prior service at Liberation, Hamilton was the CEO of Bridgeport’s Recovery Network of Programs (RNP) for a decade. There, he was able to triple the size of the agency, exponentially increasing its community impact.

Keenly aware of the importance of staff wellbeing in a helping profession, Hamilton said, “I was pleased that RNP was recognized as one of Connecticut’s top places to work five years in a row and will work to ensure that Liberation also takes good care of its employees so that we can continue taking great care of our clients.”

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John Meyers, Psychiatrist, MD

Psychiatrist specializing in adult psychiatry and addictions

Location: 128 East Avenue, Norwalk, Ct

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I work with adults in various stages of developing sobriety–from those not sure if they have a drug or alcohol problem, to those who know they have a problem but don’t know what they can do about it, to those newly sober and struggling with the many changes and difficulties associated with early sobriety, to persons well-established in sobriety and who are looking to increase their psychological and spiritual health.
I have been working with alcoholics and addicts intensively for the past 13 years. I believe that care, compassion, and understanding is the only way out of the isolation and agony of addiction. Every suffering addict has a unique pathway forward into sobriety, and my goal is to help those suffering to find it.
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