Please Play Responsibly!

By: Amy Sedgwick, Director of Outpatient Services   With talks of a third casino being developed and the increasing popularity of the game Keno, Connecticut has seen a substantial surge in gambling. These days, gambling isn’t just in the form of casinos and bars.  Gambling now means scratch-off tickets, daily lottery, sports betting, bingo, video … Continued

How Addiction Changes Your Personality

Whether it is with a controversial movie like Requiem for a Dream or a Netflix success like Orange Is the New Black, entertainment has brought substance abuse right into our living rooms and our smartphones. Characters from all backgrounds are consumed by their addictions until they become unrecognizable from who they used to be.  We … Continued

Whitney Balliet

Addiction & Recovery: Real Talk on Talking About Your Recovery on the Job

In this video, clinician Whitney Balliet offers advice on individuals sharing their recovery status with their employers.

Battling Withdrawal with Holistic Practices

Battling Withdrawal with Holistic Practices

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse , 40 to 60 percent of those suffering from a substance misuse problem relapse after completing treatment. One reason why: difficulty coping with withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal can be painful and extremely uncomfortable. According to Howard Becker, Ph.D., for alcohol-dependent people, “the fear of withdrawal symptoms may help … Continued

PTSD and Addiction

PTSD and Addiction

For some people who struggle with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), self-medicating with drugs or alcohol seems like the best way to cope with their physical and emotional pain. However, their mental vulnerability can lead to addiction, which will require treatment of the original diagnosis of PTSD in conjunction with treatment for the drug or alcohol … Continued