Providing Help and Hope In Overcoming Addiction
MCCA's 2016 Annual Report Is Here
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Free Lunchtime Support for Older Adults in Ridgefield
Wednesdays from noon to 1pm

Older adults and their family members face a unique set of obstacles in dealing with the effects of increased alcohol and prescription drug use. 
Senior Support  is a free lunch time group for older adults in the Ridgefield Community and surrounding towns.  The group is facilitated by a licensed counselor and focuses on providing support for older adults who are concerned about their use of alcohol or prescription medications, as well as support with issues associated with aging.  

Contact Shelly Fisher by email: PFisher@mccaonline.com  
or call: 203 792-4515 ext. 1204.

Recognizing Joe Sullivan and 
His Many Achievements
 
On March 10th more than 100 colleagues, friends, family members and MCCA employees (current and past) gathered to wish Joe well on the next chapter of his journey and to recognize all that great work he accomplished during his tenure at MCCA.

Joe committed 36 years to growing the agency, starting with a small operation on White Street in Danbury and expanding it to a full service provider with 6 outpatient clinics, a detox unit, inpatient treatment and host of supportive services. Today MCCA is one of Connecticut's highest-rated and well-respected addiction treatment providers in the state.  

Joe shared his own story of recovery that night and said,
"I have probably gotten more from MCCA than they have gotten from me."

 You may see photos from the event here.

Education and Empowerment for Families
Impacted  By Addiction 
Next Session of How to Cope Starts on Thursday, April 20th at 6pm 

Substance use disorders affect individuals and families regardless of race, gender or economic status.

The first step towards positive change often comes when family members begin to take charge of their own lives.  How to Cope is a 7-session course that provides the support and tools to help participants start to make those changes.

Contact Irene Sherlock by email:  isherlock@mccaonline.com 
or call: 203 792-4515 ext. 1219.

Scott Nelson Shines a Light On
Problem Gambling

MCCA's Scott Nelson, Director of Problem Gambling 
Services brought his expertise on Gambling and Fantasy  Sports to a panel discussion in Hartford in January of 2017.
 
The multibillion-dollar industry of fantasy sports - the online  and unregulated business in which players assemble their  fantasy teams with real athletes, has caught the attention of  regulators in the last couple of years. Recently, New York  has cracked down on DraftKings and FanDuel as illegal  gambling operations and about a dozen states are challenging  the legality of commercial fantasy sports. Sponsored by the  Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling , the objective of the forum was  to inform the legislative body on the different issues involving  Fantasy Sports. Nelson represented the treatment field and  welcomed the opportunity to shine a light on this newest form  of online gambling.

Learn more about our problem gambling services here

Here's Sneak Peek at Prevention's Latest Campaign to Reduce Underage Drinking.

To learn more about the work that MCCA's Prevention Director is doing with Stand Together Make a Difference, click on the image below





Alcohol and drug use by young people is extremely dangerous--both to themselves and to society--and is directly associated with traffic fatalities, violence, suicide, educational failure,alcohol overdose, unsafe sex and other problem behaviors, even for those who may never develop a dependence or addiction. 
 
Facts About Alcohol:
  • 88,000 deaths are annually attributed to excessive alcohol use
  • Alcoholism is the 3rd leading lifestyle-related cause of death in the nation
  • Excessive alcohol use is responsible for 2.5 million years of potential life lost annually, or an average of about 30 years of potential life lost for each death
  • Up to 40% of all hospital beds in the United States (except for those being used by maternity and intensive care patients) are being used to treat health conditions that are related to alcohol consumption
Lee Bodkin | MCCA | 203-244-5336 | lbodkin@mccaonline.com | mccaonline.com
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