First Teen & Youth, Family & Friends meetings in Connecticut start Monday, January 29, 2018 in Hamden

SMART Recovery CT is offering two new meetings to assist both teens recovering from addiction and their friends and families. Both meetings are held on Mondays from 6:30 to 7:30 PM at the Childrens Center of Hamden, 1400 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT.

SMART Recovery is a free, abstinence-oriented, peer-support group based on cognitive behavioral approaches to addiction recovery. The teen meeting is open to any teen with an addiction to drugs, alcohol, gambling, or other dependencies. The second meeting is open to friends and families who want to help their loved ones succeed in addiction recovery. There is no charge for the meetings, but donations are welcome.

Volunteer & facilitator meeting to replace December 23 Saturday Morning Meeting

Since the Wilson branch of the New Haven Free Public Library will be closed on December 23 and December 30, 2017, we will not be able to hold our regular Saturday morning face-to-face SMART Recovery meeting. (We haven’t found changing meeting locations for one or two weeks to work well.)

As it’s a while since we last held a volunteer meeting, we decided to hold one in the freed-up Saturday morning time slot. So, we will be holding a meeting for facilitators and other volunteers in the Cafe at IKEA, 450 Sargent Drive, New Haven, starting at 10:15 AM on Saturday, December 23.

Besides talking about starting new meetings, publicizing meetings, running more effective meetings, we will discuss holding regular volunteer meetings during 2018.

New Friday evening meeting in Southbury, Connecticut, starts December 15

SMART Recovery is expanding to the other end of New Haven County. After holding meetings in the New Haven area since March, 2014, we are starting our first meeting on the I-84 corridor in Southbury, Connecticut.

Meetings will be held on Friday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 PM in the parlor of the United Church of Christ (UCC) at 283 Main Street North in Southbury. (UCC hosts several other recovery meetings.) Main Street North is also Rt. 6 and Rt. 67. UCC is just north of the Southbury Plaza, off exit 15 of I-84. It’s an easy drive from Danbury or Waterbury and a slew of other towns.

There’s free parking in the UCC lot. Enter the building via the left of the two ground level doors accessible from the lot, then go up the stairs to the top level and head around to the left to find the parlor.

(There will be no meeting on March 23 or April 16 due to other events happening at UCC.)

Yoga fundraiser on December 16

Yoga is both a useful tool to help in recovery, and an enjoyable way to spend your time.

Yoga instructor Wendy McLeod will be offering three yoga classes at the Episcopal Church of St. Paul and St. James, 57 Olive Street, New Haven, CT from 1:30 PM to 6:00 PM on Saturday, December 16. One class is $10, two for $15, or all three for $25. Funds raised will be used to support legal fees and community advocacy for those hiring a lawyer for the first time through a donation to New Haven Legal Assistance Association.

For more information and to book, see the Eventbrite listing.

Friday afternoon meeting in East Haven suspended until facilitator recovers

Joe, the facilitator for our East Haven meeting at the Hagaman Memorial Library on Friday afternoons, has been suffering from a severe health problem since April. He has reluctantly decided to suspend the Friday afternoon meeting until he’s well enough to facilitate again.

Fortunately, we have many other meetings in the New Haven area.

Best wishes to Joe for a speedy recovery, and thanks again to the Hagaman for providing the space and supporting the meeting.

Prescription and Over-the-Counter drug drop bin at Woodbridge Police Department

I happened to be at the Woodbridge, Connecticut, Police Department and noticed that they have a drop bin for unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Many police departments participate in the annual DEA national prescription drug take-back day, but you don’t have to wait for this. Not only do many pharmacies take unused prescription meds, you may well be able to drop them off at your local police department.

Grief Recovery Workshop at USNH in September/October

What: The Grief Recovery Method 8-week Support Group

When: Mondays at 7PM from 9/11 – 10/30

Where: Unitarian Society of New Haven, 700 Hartford Turnpike, Hamden, in the Children’s Chapel

Who: Anyone navigating unwelcome transition, loss, or grief who wants to find peace and possibility in the wake of loss. Limited to 15 participants

Details: Participants should purchase a copy of the Grief Recovery Handbook , and must be available to attend at least 7 of 8 sessions.

  • USNH member recommended donation $80 for the series (all of which benefits USNH).
  • Nonmember cost: $295 (scholarships available based on financial need).

Email Rachel Roth at: to express interest.