Weed, Inc with Ben Cort

Join us for a conversation about the facts behind today’s marijuana with Ben Cort, author, TEDx Talk speaker, and treatment & recovery advocate. Teens are welcome, and there will be plenty of time for Q&A. To register, go to ncparentsupportgroup.org.

Podcast: New Canaan Parent Support Group Founder Paul Reinhardt



This week on 0684-Radi0, our free podcast (subscribe here in the iTunes Store), we talk to Paul Reinhardt, a town resident and founder of the New Canaan Parent Support Group. The organization’s 4th Annual Addiction Awareness Vigil will be held in a virtual format starting at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2. Here are recent episodes of 0684-Radi0:

Pathway Session at Y: The Future of Recovery Coaching

Phil Valentine, Executive Director of the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR), will discuss the “Future of Recovery Coaching”. This event is one of a series of Pathway Sessions at the New Canaan YMCA, where addiction and mental health topics are addressed. The event is co-Hosted by the New Canaan Parent Support Group and the New Canaan YMCA.

3rd Annual Addiction Awareness Vigil Draws Hundreds to Downtown New Canaan

For the third consecutive year hundreds gathered at the corner of South Avenue and Elm Street on Thursday evening to attend New Canaan’s third annual Addiction Awareness Vigil, hosted by the New Canaan Parent Support Group and the New Canaan Community Foundation. Community members of New Canaan and neighboring towns, state and local officials, professionals in recovery treatment, clergy and those in recovery and with loved ones who have encountered the pain, heartache, hardships and struggles addiction brings formed the night’s crowd. Paul Reinhardt, who three years ago founded the New Canaan Parent Support Group, inspired by his son Evan’s passing in July 2015 from a drug overdose, has firsthand seen the significance of what offering one’s help to another can mean.  In the time since the support group’s inception, over 100 parents have attended at least one meeting, with many of those continuing to come back because it was “the only place for them to go,” Reinhardt said. And such support is what lies at the heart of the community pledge that was added to this year’s installment of the vigil’s ceremony. It reads as follows:

“I pledge that I will reach out to someone who is struggling.

2nd Annual Overdose Awareness Vigil Draws Hundreds to Downtown New Canaan

Nearly 500 people gathered at the corner of South Avenue and Elm Street on Thursday evening to attend New Canaan’s second annual Overdose Awareness Vigil, hosted by the New Canaan Parent Support Group and the New Canaan Community Foundation. Residents of New Canaan and neighboring towns, state and local officials, professionals in recovery treatment, clergy and those in recovery and with loved ones who have encountered the pain, heartache, hardships and struggles addiction brings formed the crowd. The founder of the New Canaan Parent Support Group, Paul Reinhardt, whose son Evan’s passing in July 2015 from a drug overdose inspired him to create the group, said shared stories will keep the conversation about addiction and recovery going and, hopefully, encourage others to open up and share their struggles as well. “I think one of the most important things is having the four people from the community share their story of addiction being in their family—both all the pain that went with it and the recovery that takes place after it,” Reinhardt told NewCanaanite.com. “Even someone like me who lost his son, the chance that I’ve had to channel Evan’s memory through the New Canaan Parent Support group and an event like tonight’s is a positive story.