As a pastor for over 40 years, including eight years as a part-time chaplain in a drug and alcohol facility, I have witnessed the devastating impact addiction and substance abuse has on families and communities.
Addiction affects every aspect of an individual’s life, but it’s hardly a solitary experience. Spouses, children, parents and all loved ones who witness addiction endure its short-term and long-term consequences.
Addiction isn’t an obscure, far away disease. It can happen even in the most successful and peaceful families. The New Canaan community knows this all too well. We all know someone.
It truly takes a village to support those who struggle with addiction. As a member of the New Canaan community for over 10 years, I have experienced the powerful difference our town can make when we rally together.
I encourage you to join with us in offering hope and healing to individuals and families at 7 p.m. on September 5th at the intersection of South Avenue and Elm Street, but also at the intersection of comfort and care.
Rev. Eric Fjeldal
Senior Pastor of the United Methodist Church of New Canaan