Spot the SMART Recovery mile marker at Walk the Walk for Recovery

TriCircle, Inc., a new treatment program, will be holding its first “Walk the Walk for Recovery” at Community Lake Park, 291 Avenue, Wallingford, CT 06 from 9 AM to 4 PM on Saturday, May 6, 2017. (Rain date is Saturday, May 13.)

SMART Recovery will have a mile marker during the walk.

Walker registration costs $10. If you raise $25 in donations you’ll receive a free t-shirt. More information at https://www.tricircleinc.com/2017WalktheWalkforRecovery.en.html

Annual DEA National Take-Back Initiative coming up on April 29

The annual DEA National Take-Back Initiative will happen from 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturday, April 29.
You can find more information and a link to search for a local collection site at https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html. Many local police departments participate.

A recent paper (https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/11/161115111659.htm) found that collections such as this don’t do much to reduce the availability of diverted prescription drugs, probably because of low participation, so encourage your friends and family to clean out their medicine cabinets. Interestingly, these collections do act as an effective way of recycling over-the-counter medication.

If you want to run your own collection in Connecticut, you’ll need a one-day hazardous waste disposal permit (http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2718&q=437868
http://www.ct.gov/dcp/cwp/view.asp?a=1620&q=438170).

First snow cancellation of the season

We decided to cancel our Saturday morning meeting at the Wilson Branch Library as it looks dangerous for the facilitators to try to drive to the library. We expect that most of the attendees will have more sense than to try to get to the meeting anyway, and there’s a chance that the New Haven Free Public Library system will decide to open late.

The library will be closed for the next two Saturdays, so the next Saturday morning meeting will be on January 7. The Hagaman Public Library in East Haven will also be closing for the holidays, so our Friday morning meetings on 12/23 and 12/30 are cancelled. Our other four weekly meetings in the New Haven area will be operating as usual.

Rebuilding Trust

The topic of rebuilding trust comes up frequently in meetings.  I keep mentioning this talk by Henry Steinberger at the 2013 SMART Recovery Conference.  It starts about 3:30 into this video, but the initial short talk on the “pause button” is worth watching too:

 

New Alternating Friday Meeting at the Hagaman Memorial Library, East Haven

We’re very pleased to restart meeting at the Hagaman Memorial Library, 227 Main Street, East Haven, CT 06512

SMART Recovery Connecticut’s founding facilitator, Joe Esposito (CASAC-T), will be running the meeting from 10:15 AM to 11:45 AM on alternating Friday mornings. Please check our meetup site or the main SMART Recovery local meetings listing for exact dates.

We greatly appreciate the continued support of the Hagaman Memorial Library.