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Hi Lauren,

I wanted to take a few moments to express my gratitude to you since my daughter officially graduated. At our closing meeting my daughter thanked me for not letting her stay home and acknowledged how difficult that must have been for me. It was the most difficult thing I’ve had to do so far. I don’t think I could have done it without your support. This was also a pivotal point in my recovery because I was able to set that boundary and keep going. I was able to experience the serenity of doing what was right for everyone regardless of my fears. Sometimes I assume people know how important and helpful they are but I shouldn’t and I wanted you to know how much I appreciate the work you do.

- A grateful mother
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Family Mailbag

Rec & Lifestyle


From the Family

Unsung Hero

Resident Profile

Alumni Life

Recent Anniversaries

Recreation and Lifestyle


This past winter, clients at the Women’s Program have been bundling up to hit the slopes. Every 2 weeks, a group of women load up the Suburban and make the trek up to Mount Snow in Vermont.

Grace N., Turnbridge alumni and current staff member, has been accompanying the women on every ski trip. As an avid outdoor enthusiast and ski instructor herself, Grace enjoys sharing her passion with the clients. “The ski trips have been great on so many levels. They provide clients an opportunity to get away, relax and enjoy the outdoors. It’s a fun way to face challenges and the women get to see that they can have fun while sober.”

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Phase 3 client Hannah G. attended the most recent ski trip and loved it. “I had a really good time. It’s not something you’d expect to get to do while in a treatment program.”

Katherine M., alumni, staff member and avid skier has been a staple of the ski trips. Her enthusiasm is infectious. “I love the ski trips – from the long car ride to the slopes – it’s a bonding experience that is unforgettable for everyone involved.”

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Joe D.

Joe D. is a member of the Turnbridge Maintenance Department.

Having worked at Turnbridge for almost three years, Joe enjoys the variety in his job. “There is always something new to do every day. It keeps it interesting,” he explains.

Joe works at all phases in both the Men’s and Women’s programs. His dedication is apparent. He does not hesitate to answer phone calls late at night and is always willing to go the extra mile.

As a person in recovery himself, Joe enjoys the welcoming environment of Turnbridge. “I like the people. Working with people in recovery brings a different aspect to things. There’s a feeling of family here.”

Always willing to lend a helping hand, Joe consistently brings a positive attitude. With three years sober himself, Joe continues to be a role model to his peers as well as clients.

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Ron P. is the father of Men’s Phase 3 client Jonathan P.

Ron is a lawyer, lives in West Hartford and has four children. Of Jonathan, Ron said “He’s very likeable. He did well in school and was captain of the swim team.” In Jonathan’s senior year of high school, he was focused on his future and looking into colleges.

As he was planning for his bright future, tragedy struck during the second semester of his senior year. Jonathan’s mother passed away after battling cancer. “His mother was his greatest motivating factor. Losing his anchor was very difficult,” explains Ron. This loss would be the catalyst for their family’s journey through substance abuse and mental health challenges.

“In high school, he lost motivation and he wasn’t handing in his work. I later found out he started drinking and smoking a little bit,” said Ron. “He was apathetic with me. He was not communicative at meals with my younger daughter and me. He had his headphones on and his head in his phone”. Jonathan began attending Trinity College and Ron saw distinct changes in Jonathan’s behavior. “He missed a couple classes, he missed a couple tutoring appointments and he missed a couple therapy appointments. Pretty quickly I could see there was something wrong. I found out from his counselor [at school] that he was using cocaine and [having thoughts of suicide].”

This news was devastating for Ron. “It was hard and unexpected because of the way we treat alcohol and drugs in our family. I myself did not do any drugs in college. My wife and I didn’t drink, I only had a couple drinks a year. We didn’t have alcohol in our house, even on holidays.” For Ron personally, the loss of his wife had made him feel ill equipped for this challenge, explaining that she’d been the one with experience in the mental health field. “She was a nurse practitioner at Trinity College where she saw substance abuse, binge drinking and psychiatric issues every day.” For Ron, this was his first intimate encounter with addiction. “I had no real experience in my family or my community – I didn’t know anyone who’d gone through these things.”

Ron offered his son a chance to go to treatment, which Jonathan reluctantly agreed to. “He went to [a detox program], his problem being cocaine abuse and alcohol over consumption,” said Ron. Upon suggestion from a therapist, Ron made the decision to bring Jonathan to Turnbridge.

“He went to Turnbridge and at first he was really happy in Phase 1. He was sober and he was making friends quickly.” Soon after, Jonathan was calling Ron asking to come home. “He fought me on it. He said he was ready; said he didn’t need to be there. It was really painful when he said ‘Dad, you know I’m going to drink again’. But he stuck it out and made it to Phase 2.” While in Phase 2, Jonathan began taking classes at Trinity College and commuting from Turnbridge.

After some time, Ron recognized some familiar signs and became worried for his son’s well being. “Quickly, Jonathan felt overwhelmed again. He felt the old triggers. He stayed clean and sober, but he had made a plan to [take his own life].”

Family photoThis moment proved to be pivotal to Jonathan’s recovery. “He spent a few days at Yale Psychiatric and Turnbridge was phenomenal. They were involved, they were going to meet with psychiatrists. They were really on top of things. That was the turning point.”

Ron found the staff at Turnbridge to be essential in helping Jonathan in his recovery. “His therapist first struggled to get Jonathan to open up about his mother. She eventually did. Jonathan Lowe, his APRN, was very knowledgeable about my son’s issues and was very on top of things. His case managers in all phases would always check in with me,” explains Ron. “Its not easy to pinpoint one person at Turnbridge because it’s a team approach and it works really well.” Ron remembers his feelings of visiting the clinical building on Orange Street. “You just get to feel a vibe – it’s a very positive vibe. There’s a hum or a buzz that feels energetic and it really turns me on to know that my son is being cared for by people like this.”

Jonathan has now been in Phase 3 for five months and is looking forward to graduating. “He now has a job at a Chinese restaurant. He likes the people and they like him. He has a car and is taking classes at Gateway. He is now looking at apartments and considering moving to Thrive. I think he’s grown a lot emotionally. He’s made connections –he’s very social. He’s been one of the younger [clients] and his peers have seemed to take him on as a younger brother which is really cool.”

Ron said since being at Turnbridge, his and Jonathan’s relationship has grown “...unquestionably.” He notes that Jonathan’s journey has led him to his own learning experience. “Emotionally – I’m working on that as well. I’ve gone to maybe six Family Healing Workshops and one Family Education Weekend. I only wish I could have taken more advantage of the family programs. I learned a lot, especially from other families.”

“My only hope now is that Jonathan can take the lessons he’s learned at Turnbridge and continue to reincorporate his family in his life and understand what sobriety means.”


Resident Profile

Sophie D. is a client in Phase 3 of the Women’s Program.

Growing up in Vermont, Sophie’s alcohol use began at a young age. “I started drinking when I was 15. I was a heavy drinker and it only continuously got worse. I went to college and came home and then it got even worse,” she remembers. “I had no idea what I wanted my future to look like. I thought it was the best [my life] was going to get and I was fine with that.”

Eventually, Sophie’s drinking put an emotional toll on her. “I had a lot of problems with my family. I wasn’t talking to a lot of them”. The strain her drinking put on her family led them to urge her to get help. “The hardest thing was that my relationship with my mom was completely ruined. She was one of the main reasons I came [to Turnbridge]. Both my mom and my therapist didn’t know what else to do”.

Although she knew she had a problem, Sophie was initially resistant to the idea of recovery. “I definitely didn’t want to get sober when I first came here. I thought I’d be in and out in thirty days. It was hard. I wasn’t talking to my parents a lot. I was just waiting for that thirty-day mark so I could get out. It took about two or three months to get used to it and even then I sometimes thought I didn’t want to be sober – that [treatment] was just something I wanted to get over with”

Sophie credits Phase 1 and 2 case manager Jaime Pietrosimone for being patient with her. She remembers talking with Jaime extensively during those first few months about wanting to go home. “She knew I wasn’t nearly ready but would listen to me talk and ride it out with me. She was always sticking by me during whatever I was going through and I will forever be grateful for her for that.”

IsabelAfter an apprehensive start, Sophie started to become more comfortable with the idea of recovery. “Around month six or seven I started realizing [staying sober] was something I could do and more importantly, something I wanted to do.”

As Sophie built relationships with other sober women, recovery began to seem possible. “I had a good group of friends. [In Phases 1 and 2] I had a mentor I really liked and she is now my best friend. I found a family here. It’s made getting sober a lot easier than I thought it was going to be.”

In Phase 3, Sophie is grateful to have connected with her case manager Alyssa Doyen. “She has been my go-to person since I’ve been in Phase 3 and it's been super helpful to have her there all the time. She is someone on my side and keeps pushing me to do better at things. She’s been like my second mom.”

Sophie notes some drastic changes in her attitude since coming to Turnbridge. “After being here for 11 months I realized I used to have a crappy life. I still can’t believe I wanted it to be like that and I was okay with it. Now that I am sober I am seeing so many more options opening up that I didn’t think were possible.”

“I just graduated from my nursing class. I finished a two month course and I’m getting my LNA license. I just finished clinicals in the hospital and I’m hoping to transfer to nursing school,” explains Sophie.

In addition to her rich academic life, Sophie’s relationship with her family has also grown tremendously. “I’m really grateful for my parents and step dad. I know I couldn’t have done this without them. Their support has been overwhelming. Now, I talk to them every day. [Our relationship] is the best it’s been in ten years.”

Sophie looks forward to graduating Turnbridge, continuing her education and staying in New Haven. “I’m planning on going to Thrive and staying in Connecticut. I’m excited. Since getting sober, I’m doing so many things that can take me places.”

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Matt B. is a Turnbridge alumni and now works in the Phase 1 kitchen at the Men’s Program.

“I’m originally from Illinois, about an hour outside Chicago,” explains Matt. “I was always a drinker – that was my main drug. It started when I was 14.” Matt’s drinking continued steadily since then. At first, he was able to hold together some semblance of a normal life until alcohol got in the way.

“I had moved out when I was 19 and got my own place about ten minutes away from my parent’s house. I was a union construction laborer for about five and a half years.” Soon, his drinking began to take a toll on his life. “I was starting to not get work because they noticed my drinking was terrible. I would go in and I was sick all the time. I looked like crap. All the symptoms of withdrawing from alcohol and being an alcoholic. I'd been drinking every day for years and it started to catch up with me.”

Matt made the decision to go to treatment and attended a thirty-day inpatient program. “After I got out of the thirty-day program, I got a job as a handyman. I had that job for about a year – but I relapsed after two months.” At this point, Matt recognized his life spiraling downward. “I somewhat held that job. It was off and on work and wasn’t very solid. Luckily for me at the time, alcohol is cheap and I made it last a while. I was on my last pennies.”

Apart from the financial strain, Matt’s drinking was affecting his family. “My relationship with my family stayed pretty decent, but they always worried about me. I’d shut them out for weeks on end, talk to them for a few weeks and shut them out again,” remembers Matt. “Id go on binges.”

Eventually, these binges invited danger into Matt’s life. “I had a seizure at the wheel while doing a self detox.” This was a moment Matt knew he needed to go back to treatment. “I needed to find somewhere longer than a thirty-day program because that just didn’t work for me. I needed to find somewhere long term.” With this willingness to get sober, Matt asked his family for help. “I had to swallow my pride and ask them to pay for me to go to Turnbridge. They supported me. They’d always worried about me and were glad I decided to come here.”

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Despite his dislike for the east coast, in February of 2018 Matt packed up and headed to Connecticut. “I knew what I was signing up for when I came out here, but I still wasn’t the happiest in Phase 1. I was feeling terrible. I was very quiet.” After getting settled in, Matt began to form a positive relationship with his case manager Chris Nagle. “He really helped me through that and gave me a lot of advice.” One of Matt’s biggest struggles, he remembers, was opening up to people. “[Chris] kicked my butt and made me talk to people at meetings and stuff like that. Its not something I usually like to do.”

With some practice, Matt began to overcome this hurdle. “It was a big challenge. I’m normally a pretty quiet guy but Turnbridge taught me to get out there and ask for numbers, ask for rides and open up to my sponsor. It's still a bit tough for me now, but Turnbridge taught me that sometimes I just have to bite my lip and do it because its good for me.”

Since graduating the program in December of 2018, Matt says “My life’s a lot different. I’m even closer with my family now that I’m not drinking. I’m moving out [of my sober house] and into an apartment with a few other guys from Turnbridge.” Matt jokes, “I'll finally be able to have my own room. Its been a long process to get my own room again.”

Matt currently works in the kitchen at Phase 1. “I get to come to work every day and see these guys newly out of detox. Some of the [clients] will ask me to take them to a meeting which gets me to go when I don’t want to. I enjoy my job. Its not like what I used to do. It keeps me sober.”


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